| Apr 15, 2010
One thing to know about your book club: Our book club has been meeting for three years. We meet six to eight times a year and have a meal that matches the theme of the book or is really easy to make and tastes great. We met and discussed “The Help&...
| Jul 21, 2010
One thing to know about your book club: Our book club has been meeting for five years. We are a fun, casual group that meets one Friday morning a month. There are seven of us who meet regularly and a few others who come when they are able. Our group is...
| Apr 29, 2010
| 5:42 PM
By Scott Turow
Grand Central Publishing, 416 pages, $27.99
"I found there is real poetry in the ways people can't help making the same mistakes. I have learned to never be surprised when people don't change." - Scott Turow
By Rick Kogan,...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 1:24 PM
Things to know about our club: Women Who Read has been in existence for 14 years, beginning as a small group of co-workers who then brought along friends and neighbors. We're a diverse group, with careers ranging from artist to scientist, but our love...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Our club of 12 women has been a source of friendship and support for more than 15 years. We've used the fictional journeys of our books' characters to explore and examine our own lives.
We sometimes have a dinner themed to match that month's book...
| Jul 15, 2011
In trying to give a modern twist to "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan's" bestselling story of women and friendship in 19th century China, director Wayne Wang has been tripped up by his chick-lit tendencies. He should have trusted that author Lisa See's...
| Apr 26, 2009
There's a book I don't remember well, though I can remember precisely where I found it in my elementary school library -- three yards to the right of the door, in the middle of the third shelf from the floor.
I was, and remain, a compulsive reader. Back...
| Sep 17, 2009
| 8:53 AM
Litquake, San Francisco's independent book festival, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with appearances by James Ellroy, Sarah Vowell and Amy Tan, who will accept the festival's Barbary Coast Award. Rather than concentrating its events in...
| Dec 15, 2008
There was no snow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, but the four sled dogs tethered there seemed acclimated enough. One amiably licked the face of a child in a stroller. The hubbub wasn't much like the Yukon, but the dogs were there to excite...
| Dec 28, 2008
Writers and editors
George MacDonald Fraser, 82; author of the "Flashman" series of historical adventure novels (Jan. 2)
Gilbert A. Harrison, 92; editor of the New Republic, helped launch new talent (Jan. 3)
Philip Agee, 72; former CIA official wrote...
| Sep 15, 2008
APOWERFUL new wave of opera combining Chinese and Western music and drama and written by Chinese composers, many of whom have immigrated to the U.S., has swept much of America, as well as parts of Europe and Asia, in the last 15 years. That it has...