| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:20 AM
If a predisposition to love literature were genetic, Stephanie Hochschild would be a gene carrier. Her mother is a librarian at the National Library of Medicine in her hometown of Bethesda, Md., and her aunt was a high school librarian in Florida. Her...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Although no one advocates the value of a good book more than a newspaper writer, there are ways to enjoy that summer beach read on the cheap.
From websites devoted to finding free digital books to special library sales, here are some ideas for cutting...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 2:24 PM
The bride looked radiant in her pink and white dress. The groom was dapper in his business suit. The ceremony backdrop consisted of books on shelves, books on tables and a backroom cafe with patrons who seemed oblivious to the whole thing.
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Probably not too many people notice the plaque just to the left, inside the door of the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan library.
It reads: "This Orange County Branch Library is dedicated to the memory of Judge Donald Dungan, an avid reader and a dedicated...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Jane Hanauer wants to make one thing clear: She does not detest Barnes & Noble.
The owner of Laguna Beach Books operates one of the few surviving independent bookstores in Orange County — a region that, unlike Seattle or San Francisco, doesn't...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Barnes & Noble is in trouble.
Holiday sales were disappointing, down 10.9 percent over last year. Even the Nook is struggling, unit sales also down over 10 percent from a year ago. And Publishers Weekly recently reported on a dispute over terms...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 2:22 PM
For some reason, I have been reading a number of books set in foreign countries. Three that I will recommend are "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan (Africa), "Finding Nouf" by Zoe Ferraris (Saudi Arabia) and "Death in a Strange Country" by Donna...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
If you've ever walked into a Barnes & Noble, you have no doubt noticed the new releases pyramid front and center.
If a book is in the news or written by a celebrity author, you will find it in this display. I always give it a quick circle and often...
| Dec 1, 2012
They're meaningful, beautiful, portable, and, by the standards of modern gift giving, appealingly inexpensive. They also ship and wrap easily, and allow me to put my money where my heart is: art, ideas and the written word. So why did I hesitate for so...
| 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,"...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:40 PM
From Black Friday to Small Business Saturday, local stores are rolling out the red carpet urging neighbors to shop small.
Small Business Saturday is designed to recirculate dollars back into the local economy. Tom Lowenburg at Octavia Books says the...