| Nov 15, 2013
| 11:26 AM
The Miami Book Fair International is almost too much of a good thing.
Now in its 30th year, the weeklong celebration of reading, writing, literature and publishing draws thousands of people to meet hundreds of authors. That adds up to an impressive,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:35 PM
The Tucson Unified School District has voted to rescind its ban on seven books, including several canonical works of Chicano history, that were ordered removed from classrooms last year as part of a conservative-led backlash against the teaching of ethnic...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 4:19 PM
What's an author assigned to sit next to a much more famous person (Gwyneth Paltrow) at a book signing to do? Write about it, of course.
"Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside Gwyneth...
| 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...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 4:35 PM
I admit, I'm playing catch-up here, but I couldn't let another moment go by without acknowledging the Story Prize finalists, which were announced Tuesday. The three short story collections in the running are Dan Chaon's "Stay Awake," Junot Diaz's "This Is...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 9:11 AM
The L.A. Times Festival of Books is on the horizon -- April 21-22, to be exact. In the coming weeks, we'll be talking to some of the authors who will be there; the first is bestselling novelist Lisa See.
The author of "Dreams of Joy," "Snow Flower and...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Dominican American writer Junot Diaz is on the shortlist for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award. The British prize is said to be the world's largest for a single short story: The winner will receive more than $45,000.
| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Publishing giant Random House posted record profits last year, Publisher's Weekly reports. Thanks to E.L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy, revenue at the Bertelsmann-owned publisher exceeded $420 million in 2012 -- up a staggering 75% from the year before....
| Jul 1, 2013
| 10:13 AM
Richard Ford and Timothy Egan were named winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence at the American Library Assn.'s national conference on Sunday night. This is the second year of the awards.
The fiction citation went to Ford for his novel...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 11:30 AM
The writer Dagoberto Gilb is a believer in the literature of the American West and in the literature of the Latino United States. He’d prefer not to read any more novels that portray Latino people as stereotypical criminals and bumpkins. His own...