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In an excerpt from his upcoming memoir published by the New Yorker, former President Barack Obama recalls the long battle for healthcare reform.

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

Writers Rachel Howzell Hall, Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda talked with Times reporter James Queally for a 2020 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books event.

Roberto Lovato discusses his life and work with Times writer Esmeralda Bermudez for the 2020 Festival of Books.

Prompted by the House Oversight Committee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Government Accountability Office agreed this week to study Latino hiring in entertainment.

Reading in the time of coronavirus

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.

Albert Camus’ novel has an uncanny resonance with America’s health and political crises in 2020.

The good news: Plague, fire, political corruption and social media are not the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The bad news: There’s no heavenly or magical fix for our problems — just the boring ongoing revolution of equality, justice and universal empathy.

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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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