| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Maya Angelou was a diva of American culture: an actress, singer, dancer and film director as well as an essayist and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated poet, whose mainstream magnetism led her to write verses for Hallmark and recite one of her poems at the 1993...
| May 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist, has died at the age of 86, Variety has confirmed.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines told the local Fox affiliate that Angelou was found unresponsive by her caretaker on Wednesday morning....
| May 29, 2014
| 1:24 PM
When I think of Maya Angelou, who died Tuesday at age 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., I recall Wanda Coleman’s review of her memoir “A Song Flung Up to Heaven,” which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review in April 2002....
| May 19, 2014
| 11:23 AM
In a front-page story in the New York Times on Sunday, Jennifer Medina reported on the phenomenon of “trigger warnings” -- “explicit alerts,” requested by students at universities across the country, “that the material they...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 7:16 AM
The PBS television series "American Masters" will debut its profile of Alice Walker on Feb. 7, shortly before the author's 70th birthday.
While Walker has written novels, poetry and nonfiction, she is best known for her novel "The Color Purple."...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:25 AM
What do you drink with a 75-foot-long Cuban sandwich? When you’re the guy responsible for creating the world-record Dagwood on Saturday at the inaugural Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival, the answer is odd and understandable.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:48 PM
The survey of Civil Rights Era photography called “The Movement” at the NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale is filled with scenes of courage in the face of horrible violence. But one of the most remarkable pictures in the exhibit is about...
| May 9, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy — one of L.A.'s most famous literary couples — met on a beach in 1952, when the former was 49 and the latter 18. From the beginning, they had a complex, passionate, non-monogamous relationship, unequal in...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:05 PM
Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the great heroine of conservative Britain, has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, which is named for a great hero of that country's left.
The Orwell Prize, named for "1984" author...