| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The stock price in dystopian literature has had a banner last few weeks. As the daily revelations on the magnitude of government-sponsored surveillance in the United States have come to light — along with wall-to-wall media saturation of...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:07 AM
In "The Shining Girls," the South African writer Lauren Beukes' chilling new novel set in Chicago, Harper Curtis is not your run-of-the-mill serial killer. In some respects, his modus operandi is strictly garden variety. He stalks his victims —...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 10:49 AM
We are a group of mothers and sons in Riverside who have met since summer 2002.
Our sons were all friends entering fourth grade, and one of the moms suggested starting a book club for the boys. We all thought she was crazy because we didn’t think...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:15 PM
Because I have somehow (sadly) become one of those people who gets his news through Twitter, I was recently confused at an explosion of outrage on my feed over something called "sock puppetry."
I couldn't imagine why the long-departed Shari Lewis would...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Just in time for the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Times' books staff has created an interactive map of Literary Los Angeles, a work in progress. We’ve gathered passages from more than two dozen books set in and around L.A., as...
| May 29, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The National Endowment for the Arts announced $1 million in grants for the Big Read projects taking place across the U.S. in 2013-14.
The Big Read was launched in 2005 to help create one-city-one-book-style projects; for each title on its list, it...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Iconic science-fiction author Ray Bradbury lived in Los Angeles for almost 80 years, but his books are heading back to his birthplace, Waukegan, Ill. His personal book collection will go the Waukegan Public Library.
Bradbury lived in Waukegan until he...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:13 PM
When it comes to "Fifty Shades of Grey," people in publishing tend to be of two minds: On the one hand, E.J. James' book is horribly written; on the other, it sold like crack-laced hotcakes. So it would make sense if there were some ambivalence this...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 8:41 AM
World Book Night is coming to the U.S. in 2013 with the imprimatur of James Patterson and Ann Patchett. The bestselling authors are serving as honorary chairs for the single-day book giveaway in which half a million books will be distributed for free....
| Sep 12, 2012
| 10:04 AM
The Los Angeles City Council is considering renaming the intersection at Fifth Street and Flower Street “Ray Bradbury Square” as a tribute to the late science fiction writer who called Los Angeles and its libraries home....
| Nov 7, 2012
| 12:34 PM
The Doctor will once again face off against some of his oldest enemies. The Cybermen are returning to “Doctor Who” ......