Heather Clark fuses new discoveries and eye-opening analysis in an inspiring biography, “Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath.”

Along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima helped change the course of 20th century literature.

Reading in the time of coronavirus

Jimmy Fallon, local authors and devoted regulars are rallying to help Once Upon a Time in Montrose — the country’s oldest kids’ bookstore — survive the pandemic that has destroyed so many small businesses.

This week’s lineup in the virtual Festival of Books 2020 features conversations with Natalie Portman, Kevin Kwan, Marlon James and Maria Hinojosa.

Chevalier’s and Vroman’s have struggled to stay afloat because of COVID-19. With the imminent holiday season, they’re urging readers to buy more earlier.

Jim Tankersley’s “The Riches of This Land” documents the fall of the American working class and finds fault for Trump’s 2016 win in unexpected places.

The shutdown in production and the streaming services’ insatiable appetite for new I.P. has led to a surge in sales of film and TV rights for books during COVID-19. That has been a boon for agencies.

Followers and fans of singer Lana Del Rey skewered the artist for wearing a sparkly, mesh face mask at an L.A. book signing over the weekend.

L.A. poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis and other poets shared experiences and verse with L.A. Times Book Club readers.

L.A. poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis joins the L.A. Times Book Club Sept. 24 for Black Poets in a Time of Unrest, an evening of discussion and poetry performances.

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  • For four weeks starting October 18, the Los Angeles Times, in partnership with USC, will celebrate 25 years of the Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas with 25 individual virtual events. Given ongoing guidance related to COVID-19, the Times has reimagined the festival as a communitywide gathering to be held online.


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