| Sep 26, 2014
Its greatness is right there in the title, not to mention on every page. But "The Great Gatsby," the 1925 masterpiece by F. Scott Fitzgerald, occupies an oddly precarious position in the ranks of Great American Novels. As a staple of high school...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:20 PM
The Newport Beach Public Library has announced the full lineup for its 2014-15 Witte Lectures series, which brings together acclaimed authors and other high-profile thinkers from around the world.
The upcoming season will kick off Oct. 25 with...
| Sep 19, 2014
You have your Southern Gothic tales and your Westerns, the San Francisco beats and the New York poets — but what is the literary tradition of the Midwest? It's a hazy question: People don't think of the Rust Belt as a nexus of literary culture....
| Jul 13, 2014
| 10:17 PM
Patti Smith was writing long before she became known as a rock performer, so the accolades she has been receiving for her written work have a complete-the-circle sort of feel.
She won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction for "Just Kids," her...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Reading one of Jennifer Weiner's contemporary novels of manners is a bit like biting into an apple. The experience is full of flavor, more crisp than juicy, and refreshingly tart.
Partly, that's because the novels typically are narrated by a heroine...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 1:38 PM
A film version of Philip Roth's 1997 "American Pastoral" has been in the works for ages -- since about the time it won the Pulitzer Prize. But it's getting close. It's got a director, a script, and a star: Ewan McGregor.
McGregor will play the novel's ...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Years ago, when he was publishing my first novel, Charles Scribner III told me a joke: "How do you make a small fortune in publishing?" The punch line: "Start with a large fortune."
The joke came to mind while reading "Hothouse," Boris Kachka's juicy...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
For more than a decade in the 1980s and ’90s, the Medellín drug cartel and its notorious leader, Pablo Escobar, held an entire nation hostage. Drug-related violence and terrorism were the order of the day in Colombia, with Bogotá as dangerous, in...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:41 AM
Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do.
British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Fall is a terrific time to be a reader. Publishers shake off their summer doldrums and get down to business again. And writers? Well, writers settle in also and put out big books.
Over the next few months alone, we'll see new releases from an array of...
| May 16, 2013
| 1:52 PM
In a widely circulated interview with Publishers Weekly, writer Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with the protagonist of her new novel, "The Woman Upstairs." She responded with frustration: "For heaven’s sake, what kind of...