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Jacket CopyBanned Books week begins today, runs through October 30, and includes everything from challenged children's books to banned erotica....
Leaning against a black couch in his office, Sherman Alexie is laughing. He laughs often and easily -- at others' jokes and his own, at sarcasm and silliness -- and his laughter is contagious. Last year, he cracked up Stephen Colbert when he appeared on...
Jacket CopyIt's happened again. In 2009, "And Tango Makes Three," the heartwarming children's book about two penguin daddies and their adopted baby penguin Tango -- based on the true story of penguins in Central Park -- was one of the year's......
Jacket CopyAt the end of the calendar year, bookstores are swamped with anthologies proclaiming the "best of" writing of the year. There is, apparently, a lot of really good writing: above is just a sample of the galleys and paperbacks that......
Jacket CopyThe five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction were announced Wednesday, and included National Book Award winner "Lords of Misrule" by Jaimy Gordon. Southern California writer Eric Puchner's "Model Home" is the only other traditionally...
Jacket CopyWhy does everyone pick on the penguins? And Tango Makes Three tops list of most-challenged books. Also in the top 10: Sherman Alexie's National Book Award winner and mega-bestseller Twilight....
Special to the Los Angeles TimesI am a latecomer to graphic novels. Years ago, my truly literary friends tried to turn me on to the groundbreaking art of the "Sandman" books (Neil Gaiman and various artists) and "Love and Rockets" (Los Bros. Hernandez). I admit I felt about those...
Tags: Anne Frank, Arts, Music, Arts and Culture, Fiction
It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest -- teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers' tastes. But increasingly, adults are reading YA...
Tags: Crimes, Crime, Law and Justice, Theft, Adults, Stephenie Meyer
Jacket CopyLast week I was in Seattle, where Sherman Alexie kicked off his tour for "War Stories," his new collection of stories and poetry. The article is in today's paper, and begins: Leaning against a black couch in his office, Sherman......
Jacket CopyThe PEN World Voices festival is happening right now in new York, and it's a doozy. There are more than 50 events happening across New York City with 150 writers from 40 countries. The festival, which began on Monday, April......
As our first national ambassador of young people's literature, I am pleased to report that the world of children's books is rocking. My job for the last two years has been to raise national awareness of the importance of kids' books and to promote the...
Jacket CopyThe five PEN/Faulkner Award finalists have been announced, and it's an interesting mix. In case you can't see the graphic above, the nominated books are "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver, "Homicide Survivors Picnic" by Lorraine M. Lopez, "War Dances" by....
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