| Apr 23, 2010
| 4:33 PM
First-time novelist Philipp Meyer will be at the Festival of Books on the Saturday panel, Fiction: Lives Unraveling. It was a long road, as he describes, to get his book "American Rust" to shelves. Now it is one of five......
| Apr 24, 2010
| 9:34 PM
Some the riches/annoyances of the Festival of Books are the conflicting panel times and conflicting impulses. I managed to catch about 40 minutes of “Current Interests: Journalists Uncover the Larger Story” before rushing off to another talk. But I...
| Apr 26, 2010
| 4:34 PM
In California, "the stories find you," says author Thomas Steinbeck. In the Festival of Books' panel The California Way on Sunday, moderator Antoine Wilson started by asking each author to read the first page of his book, which allowed the......
| Oct 5, 2010
| 6:26 PM
'The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel'
By Adam Langer Spiegel & Grau, 259 pp., $24
By their chunky glasses, facial scruff, skinny jeans, and iPhones you shall know them: New York’s latest crop of aspiring male fiction writers, fresh from the provinces...
| Oct 9, 2010
With a keen eye for parody and a penchant for belly-busting humor, SeaGlass Theatre is offering "Of Grapes and Nuts" at Burbank's Little Victory Theatre.
Authors Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper and Tom Willmorth are the collective brainpower behind this...
| Apr 2, 2010
One thing to know about your club: We meet at one another's homes once a month in the Printers Row and Dearborn Park areas of the South Loop. We try to match the food we serve to the book we are reading. Every July, we read poetry to one another on the...
| May 27, 2010
The place: “There's something about being able to be transported out of the ordinary into the real,” says Printers Row Fine & Rare Books bookseller John LaPine of his love of literature. When you enter the Victorian-styled store, it feels like...
| Apr 8, 2010
| 7:04 PM
Shirley Mills Hanson
Child actress in 'Grapes of Wrath'
Shirley Mills Hanson, 83, a former child actress who played young Ruthie Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," director John Ford's classic 1940 film based on the John Steinbeck novel, died March 31 of...
| Apr 9, 2010
| 3:50 PM
It's difficult to remember a time when Loren Nancarrow wasn't on San Diego television.
For almost 30 years, Loren has educated and enlightened viewers with his vast knowledge of Earth and its climate on ABC 10 News, CBS 8 News and now here, on Fox 5...
| Jun 16, 2010
NEW YORK (AP) — John Steinbeck kept his California roots close when writing such masterpieces as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden," but the Nobel Prize winner also loved New York and made it his home for much of his life.
Now, a trove of his...
| Jun 27, 2010
It was long after dark when Henry Sweets brought me to Hannibal's Old Baptist Cemetery, "a graveyard of the old-fashioned Western kind."
No moon. Ragged weeds, crumbling gravestones. We tried to tread lightly, but it had been raining, and mud grabbed...