Jan. 16, 2019 10:05 AM PT FacebookTwitterShow more sharing optionsShareClose extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied!Print 1Entertainment & Arts Frank McCourt’s career rose from ‘Ashes’ His Pulitzer-winning book, born of years of disappointment, leaves a mystery unanswered.2 Entertainment & Arts Lena Horne biography tells of a star shaped by rejection, racism ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ by James Gavin reveals a woman whose life reflects the civil rights struggles of the times.3Entertainment & Arts ‘Free’ plagiarism charge frames Internet content debate Chris Anderson, author of ‘Free: The Future of a Radical Price,’ says lifting uncredited passages from Wikipedia was an editing mistake, but some in the blogosphere aren’t satisfied.4Entertainment & Arts BookExpo America reveals an industry in transition Excitement over innovative new publishing concepts is tempered by the unmistakable signs of companies in retrenchment mode or absent altogether from the annual trade show.5 Entertainment & Arts John Sayles, novelist, seeks a binding agreement The writer-filmmaker is shopping a sprawling work of historical fiction, but no big publishers are buying. Such is the cautious state of publishing today.6Entertainment & Arts A very hungry caterpillar found a hungry readership Eric Carle has worked on a stack of books over the years, but his caterpillar has chewed its way to the top.7Books Visionary with a sharp edge J.G. Ballard didn¡¦t settle for challenging his readers. He sought to provoke them ¡X usually with success.8Entertainment & Arts Charles Dickens speaks to 21st century’s hard times The Victorian novelist wrote about the dangers of greed and the effects of grinding poverty.9Entertainment & Arts ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ by Seth Grahame-Smith The undead meet Jane Austen in L.A. author’s horror mashup.10Entertainment & Arts John Fante’s great gift to Los Angeles The long love affair between a city and the author of “Ask the Dust,” who would have turned 100 this week.11Entertainment & Arts James Ellroy details his search for love in Playboy The crime fiction writer says his mother’s unsolved murder led him on a quest for the perfect woman.12Entertainment & Arts Walter Mosley looks east In his latest novel, Walter Mosley turns from Southern California, long the domain of Easy Rawlins, to New York City13Entertainment & Arts Neil Strauss is ready for any emergency For his new book, ‘Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life,’ the author of ‘The Game’ steps out of the jungles of pickup bars and into the wilds of surviving possible chaos.14World & Nation For David Foster Wallace’s survivors, a paper puzzle The late author’s editor has set a goal of publishing his final, unfinished novel, ‘The Pale King.’ Now, to peruse thousands of pages and notes stuffed in a duffel bag.15World & Nation Italian mystery writer Andrea Camilleri keeps Montalbano on the case At 83, the retired playwright provides a steady stream of suspense with the Sicilian police commander series. The author’s historical novels round out his passions.16 Obituaries John Updike dies at 76; Pulitzer-winning author The author of more than 50 books and myriad short stories was revered by some critics and minimized by others. He was known for capturing the mood and emotions of small-town, middle-class America.17 Entertainment & Arts Book Soup’s ending isn’t yet written In the wake of owner Glenn Goldman’s death, employees and colleagues ponder the future of the independent bookstore.18Books The horror! Neil Gaiman’s spooky book wins John Newbery Medal His “The Graveyard Book” is among this year’s winners.19Entertainment & Arts Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice The late Donald E. Westlake wrote his books as if for the screen, and many made it there, but Hollywood just didn’t seem to get it.20Entertainment & Arts Under any name, Donald Westlake was a grandmaster Saying goodbye to the prolific crime writer.21 Entertainment & Arts Even for Neil Gaiman, ‘The Sandman’ is a singular dream A comic-book series’ spectral character has helped define a writer who brought new ambition to a pop medium.22 ‘Bible Illuminated’: The latest Word The book uses pop culture images to spread the gospel.23Entertainment & Arts The Big Read is a national page-turner The NEA-funded program aims ‘to restore reading to the heart of American life.’24Entertainment & Arts Tony Hillerman knew New Mexico His New Mexico was as enchanted and troubled as it is in life.25Entertainment & Arts Hanif Kureishi weds wit with his middle-aged wisdom The novelist’s ‘Something to Tell You’ reflects his world view now that he’s in his 50s.26World & Nation Le Clezio -- who’s he? This year’s Nobel laureate for literature is little-known in the States. Perhaps this is evidence of our bias. Or maybe it’s a product of the Swedish Academy’s willful dismissal of U.S. writers.27 Entertainment & Arts Mary Shelley at 826LA The ‘Frankenstein’ author comes back from the dead for a good cause.28World & Nation Banned Books Week a thorny issue The annual event would seem to call for unwavering support for free expression, but the issues can get complicated.29Entertainment & Arts David Foster Wallace mourned at Pomona College Jonathan Franzen, colleagues and students talk about the writer at a memorial service.30Books The winning presidential ticket: Obama-Palin in 2008! Amazon.com is offering a running tally of which candidates books are selling best31Awards Reprints are king in parts of book world Some publishers find older titles with authors such as Donald E. Westlake, left, appeal to readers who aren’t satisfied by the latest in fiction.32Entertainment & Arts Neal Stephenson takes the long view The novelist’s latest, ‘Anathem,’ creates a world where the bookish are sequestered from the fast-paced world, minding a clock that runs for thousands of years.33 Entertainment & Arts Author Herman Wouk’s spellbinding ways He receives the Library of Congress Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Writing of Fiction, and a reader recalls his impact.34 Entertainment & Arts Reporter David Carr investigates his past In ‘The Night of the Gun,’ about his years of addiction, he finds he’s the villain of his latest story.35Entertainment & Arts ‘On American Soil,’ big-screen bound Paris Barclay to direct the tale of black soldiers wrongly convicted of lynching a prisoner.36 Entertainment & Arts Universal options ‘Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory’ Actress Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing.37 Lifestyle 2008 summer reading list What are you going to read this summer? Let Book Review help you decide.38 Entertainment & Arts ‘Stolen Innocence’: Story of a teenage bride The book: ‘Stolen Innocence’ By Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer (William Morrow) The buyer: Sharp Independent and Killer Films39Entertainment & Arts Borders book chain to lay off 20% of corporate workforce The company plans to reduce $120 million in annual expenses.40 Entertainment & Arts ‘This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha’ Paramount Vantage options Samuel Logan’s book on the gang41Entertainment & Arts Writer Aleksandar Hemon resists labels The Sarajevo-born Hemon insists he’s a writer first, and works in whatever forms his talent allows. His latest, “The Lazarus Project,” happens to be a novel.42Entertainment & Arts James Frey rises from the ashes He’s trying to step clear of ‘A Million Little Pieces’ as he publicizes his novel.43Entertainment & Arts Maker of children’s films gets into the book business Walden Media and HarperCollins form a publishing venture.44 Entertainment & Arts ‘Money for Nothing’ from the novel by Edward Ugel The book: ‘Money for Nothing’ by Edward Ugel The buyer: Warner Independent Pictures45 Entertainment & Arts ‘The Matarese Circle’ by Robert Ludlum The book: ‘The Matarese Circle’ by Robert Ludlum The buyer: MGM46 Entertainment & Arts Duane Swierczynski’s ‘The Blonde’ The book: ‘The Blonde’ by Duane Swierczynski The buyer: Michelle Monaghan47 Lifestyle A force to be reckoned with In ‘The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces From an Active Life’ and ‘American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau,’ the writer keeps our eyes on the argument.48World & Nation Champion of the American novel At a memorial service, Norman Mailer’s family and friends laud his artistic risk-taking and literary successes.49 Entertainment & Arts Lisa See’s ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel’ is optioned. The book: “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel,” by Lisa See The buyer: Florence Sloan50 Entertainment & Arts A look at L.A.'s independent bookstore scene Despite the pending demise of Dutton’s, special bookstores remain. Writers describe their favorites.51 Lifestyle Sweet memories in ‘Desserts by the Yard’ Pastry chef Sherry Yard’s latest collection amuses and inspires. Recipes mark the milestones of her life.52 Entertainment & Arts Neil Leifer knows all the angles His book of baseball photos, ‘Ballet in the Dirt,’ is selling for a hefty $400.53 Awards A must-read for book lovers? Amazon banks on Kindle as the digital answer to books.54 Entertainment & Arts This fan of charts is No. 1, with a bullet ‘Top Pop Singles’ by Joel Whitburn55Entertainment & Arts A complex relationship with ‘King Lear’ Sadism pervades the text and the story can be confusing. Yet there is something irresistible about Shakespeare’s play.56 Picking a winner? Harder than you think! By Marianne Wiggins The winners of the National Book Awards were announced this month -- did anyone notice?