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  • Clobberin' Oscar Wilde

     
    In 1998, a Canadian comics fan sent letters to 10 illustrators asking for them to send him a sketch of their favorite literary figure, either a fictional character or a real-life author. After getting a few back -- including one......
  • The Tournament of Books launches

     
    Print your brackets! The Morning News' Tournament of Books 2010 has launched. Now in its sixth year, the Tournament of Books is a month-long book-focused basketball-style matchup. But where basketball teams have the relatively straightforward task of...
  • At SXSWi: A panel on the future of publishing

     
    Peter Miller, a publishing professional and used bookstore owner, is blogging for Jacket Copy from the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. This morning I was chastised for suggesting that last year's publishing panel unearthed the depths of SXSWi'...
  • Gibson still carving out his corner of cyberspace

    VANCOUVER, Canada -- Back then, it didn't seem like a great career move. "I don't think anyone told me that I was crazy," William Gibson recalled last week, sitting on the leafy patio of a Creole restaurant near his home. "But they didn't read science...
  • Festival of Books: mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker

     
    T. Jefferson Parker is the author of popular mysteries set in Southern California; his latest, "Iron River," takes his protagonist Charlie Hood back and forth across the border into Mexico. He'll be at the LA Times Festival of Books on......
  • It's not too late for the obligatory 4/20 book post

     
    Today, April 20, is 4/20, or four-twenty, or 4:20, a phrase whose origins are hazy but which basically has something to do with smoking marijuana. Four-twenty has entered legend, despite the fact that smoking pot isn't legal -- for now,......
  • The Gen X poster boy's endless ennui

    In his 1985 breakout novel, "Less Than Zero," Bret Easton Ellis, then all of 21 years old, created young, jaded Angelenos who just didn't care about anything: They recounted cocaine scores and semi-anonymous sex in the same tone with which they lamented...
  • Los Angeles' literary landscape

    In "Ramona," her 1884 novel of Southern California, Helen Hunt Jackson did more than tell the story of the illicit romance between a mestizo orphan and an Indian sheepherder. Caught in the pages of her famous melodrama is a picture of the land that is...
  • "The Smithsonian Institution" by Gore Vidal

    In 1948, still in his early 20s, having already published two quite creditable works of fiction, Gore Vidal made literary history with "The City and the Pillar," the first mainstream American novel to treat homosexual desire as a natural, if not exactly...