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  • Charlie Chaplin's first novel published, six decades after he wrote it

    Charlie Chaplin's first novel published, six decades after he wrote it
    A 34,000-word novella that Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s is being published for the first time by a film institute in Italy. The book was the basis of his last great film, “Limelight.” The manuscript of “Footlights” was...
  • 'Train' lovingly tracks rail travel history

    'Train' lovingly tracks rail travel history
    The routes American railroads follow were laid out almost exclusively in the 19th and 20th centuries, when trains were symbols of modernity and industrial power. And today, riding a train — especially in the United States — can feel like...
  • Philip Schultz's 'The Wherewithal' has poetic logic

    Philip Schultz's 'The Wherewithal' has poetic logic
    Philip Schultz's "The Wherewithal" is a book in which time has come undone. Taking place in San Francisco in 1968, it also reaches back to the Holocaust — specifically, the Jedwabne pogrom of July 1941, when Polish civilians killed more than 300...
  • Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China

    Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China
    Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present, more or less, and a Beijing resident named Boyang waits for the ashes of his childhood friend Shaoai, dead at 43 after having been...
  • South Carolina lawmakers OK college funding cuts over gay-themed books

    South Carolina lawmakers OK college funding cuts over gay-themed books
    South Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to cut $69,000 in funding to two public universities that had assigned gay-themed books as reading for incoming students. The books are "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, a finalist for the 2006 National Book...
  • Teen hero of 'Half Bad' holds the magic

    Teen hero of 'Half Bad' holds the magic
    Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag....
  • Lisa Bloom's 'Suspicion Nation' dips into Trayvon Martin case

    Lisa Bloom's 'Suspicion Nation' dips into Trayvon Martin case
    The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in...
  • Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out

    Helen Oyeyemi's 'Boy, Snow, Bird' turns a fairy tale inside out
    The risks that Helen Oyeyemi takes in her fifth novel, "Boy, Snow, Bird," are astonishing in their boldness. "Nobody ever warned me about mirrors," begins the narrator, Boy, a pale white girl in Manhattan's East Village whose rat-catcher father beats...
  • Google Doodle celebrates the work of John Steinbeck

    Google Doodle celebrates the work of John Steinbeck
    The 112th birthday of John Steinbeck was celebrated Thursday with a Google Doodle dedicated to his work. Born in Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck was a college dropout who won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. The Google Doodle pulls quotes from three...
  • John Waters and Jeff Koons, the new odd couple

    John Waters and Jeff Koons, the new odd couple
    Art talks typically don’t draw stadium concert-like crowds. On Monday night, however, almost 2,000 people crowded into downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre to hear filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The...
  • William F. Thomas dies at 89; former Times chief editor

    William F. Thomas dies at 89; former Times chief editor
    William F. Thomas, an editor who led The Times during an extraordinary period of expansion in the 1970s and 1980s, when the paper widened its reach nationally and abroad and became a showcase for literary journalism, has died. He was 89. Thomas, who...