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Tribune NewspapersNot unlike its counterpart rock 'n' roll, memorable jazz novels occupy a pretty slim shelf at the local bookstore. Though the music has been gracefully spun into fiction by Roddy Doyle, Michael Ondaatje and — most distinctively — Rafi Zabor in...
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Aleph A Novel Paulo Coelho Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95 A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia. The Angel Esmeralda Nine Stories Don DeLillo Scribner, $24 The first collection of short stories from a...
The Cat's Table A Novel Michael Ondaatje Alfred A. Knopf: 269 pp., $26 Michael Ondaatje is a quiet writer. He's certainly equal to grand, sweeping, historical subjects — civil war in Sri Lanka, the closing days of World War II — but the...
Jacket CopyScotiabank Giller Prize finalists: Michaelondaatje Michael Ondaatje, author of "The English Patient" is one of six writers who have been named finalists for Canada's Giller Prize....
Jacket CopyBob Dylan as Nobel prize-winner? Bob Dylan is the odds-on favorite to win the Nobel Prize for literature....
Opinion L.A.Sometimes L.A. needs reminding that Hollywood is not its only bread and butter, and that movies and TV are hardly the only form of entertainment. There’s books. Remember books? Here’s just my weekend’s serendipity of things book-ly: On...
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY 826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: A series of panel discussions featuring industry professionals will cover multiple aspects of writing for television. Panelists include John Enbom,...
Times Staff WriterTHE tale of a superhero, a '70s drug dealer, or a plot to destroy the world it's not. Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which isn't really about a bear and does not feature a mountain, is the story of an elderly couple — a once-...
Fiction 1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ($13.95) 2. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon ($15.95) 3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95) 4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ($13.95) 5. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ($12) 6. No One...
This is the sixth in an occasional series of conversations with Southern California activists and intellectuals. The series and videotaped interviews with the subjects are collected at www.latimes.com/lavisions. When authors come to town, Louise Steinman...
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