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  • L.A. Times bestsellers and Chateau Marmont

     
    Although what's hip in Hollywood changes faster than you can say "paparazzi," there's one destination that's been consistently starlit since it opened in 1931: the Chateau Marmont hotel. That's why it makes it into the title of Lauren Weisberger's new...
  • 'A Week in December: A Novel' by Sebastian Faulks

    'A Week in December: A Novel' by Sebastian Faulks
    The English writer Sebastian Faulks is one of those curious novelists whose predilection for well-told stories and popularity with readers often have seemed impediments to serious regard. That's a bit unfair because, with its knowing nods to Trollope,...

    Dick Francis dies at 89; champion jockey became bestselling British mystery writer

    Dick Francis dies at 89; champion jockey became bestselling British mystery writer
    Dick Francis, a champion steeplechase jockey in Britain who became a bestselling mystery writer, died Sunday at his home in the Cayman Islands. He was 89. Ruth Cairns, a spokeswoman for Francis, told the Associated Press that the author died of natural...

    Through the Lens – Aviation Meet

     
    Roy Knabenshue’s dirigible at the Aviation Meet. January 1910: The Aviation Meet is viewed primary for its accomplishments with airplanes, and the balloonists tend to be overlooked. This photo (possibly by Sawyer and Dwyer, the handwriting on the back...

    Mystery writer Dick Francis has died

     
    Dick Francis, the British jockey-turned-mystery writer, died at home in the Cayman Islands on Sunday. He was 89. The son of a Welsh horse breeder, Francis fought in World War II before becoming a jockey. He was a champion steeplechase...