| Feb 15, 2012
| 1:58 PM
On Sunday, Feb. 19, "The Simpsons" marks an extraordinary feat -- its 500th episode.
The characters, which began as droopier versions in 20-second cartoons on "The Tracey Ullman Show," have evolved, as creator Matt Groening and star Dan Castellaneta...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Children's book author Jerdine Nolen remembers the first time she saw her name in print. As a second-grader, she wrote a Thanksgiving poem that was published in the school newspaper, and she kept her eyes glued to the pink publication while walking home....
| Feb 2, 2012
| 11:56 AM
The idea for Jerdine Nolen’s first book sprang from an uneventful summer afternoon almost 25 years ago spent scrubbing the toilet.
“I was cleaning my bathroom, and this little voice said, ‘Harvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed,...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 12:46 PM
It feels like it has taken longer to get to Super Tuesday than it took to get through seven books of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Republicans are using descriptors like "slow-burning" and "water torture" to describe their 2012 Republican...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 1:24 PM
This writing thing might work out after all for J.K. Rowling - the BBC wants to make a series out of her latest novel.
Rowling, the U.K. novelist who became a billionaire from the "Harry Potter" series, will have her first adult novel, "The Casual...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:09 AM
It’s Bad Sex Day on the Internet today.
Of course, every day is bad sex day on the Internet. But today's bad sex is actually enjoyable, and it arrives via the respected Literary Review of London and its Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Call it coitus...
| Nov 21, 2012
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year, a time for celebration — or regret, depending on the kind of family you’re born into. “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Bestselling author Michael Connelly joined the Los Angeles Times for a video chat on the publication day of his new mystery, "The Black Box."
In the book, set in present day, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch investigates a cold case: a murder committed during...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Repeat after me.
It's OK …
If I stop reading a book …
Before I've finished it.
If my informal survey of people I run into on a weekly basis is accurate, then 70 percent of you are reacting in horror, 20 percent are nodding in...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:34 AM
Our home base is Woodstock, Marengo and Union, Illinois. Our group of 15 to 20 members has been meeting for 20-plus years.
We meet the fourth Thursday of the month, and each member is assigned one meeting per year
The hostess chooses the book for the...
| May 5, 2012
| 10:17 AM
Alice Pinkham Davies, who helped thousands of clients with their business careers as the co-owner of a resume writing service, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 85 and lived in Towson.
Born Alice Arnold Pinkham in...