| Nov 14, 2010
Running the Books
The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese: 400 pp., $26
"In the joint, they call me Bookie." They also call Avi Steinberg "the main book man. I like that. I can't help it. For an asthmatic...
| Nov 13, 2010
Bethany Cosentino, the frontwoman of the Los Angeles three-piece Best Coast, didn't know how much she loved California until she moved to New York. In 2008, she enrolled in the writing program at the New School in Manhattan to follow her dream of becoming...
| Aug 20, 2010
Los Angeles is earning a reputation as a hotbed of raves — those dance parties that sometimes last all night and feature pulsing electronic music, light shows and recreational drugs. In addition to drawing tens of thousands of young people to...
| Jan 29, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller: The legendary songwriting duo will present and sign their recent autobiography, "Hound Dog." Every Picture Tells a Story, 1333 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 6 p.m. Free....
| Dec 9, 2010
There will be no peeking. No snitching. No playing with the Christmas ornaments.
There will be no opening presents early. No staying up late waiting for Santa. And definitely no peeing of one's name in the snow.
No, it isn't fair. That's just the way it...
| Feb 1, 2011
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood.
| Jun 9, 2011
The best crime sagas are stories sparked by the thrill of shortsighted dreams that ultimately lead to a violent, messy end.
Congolese writer-producer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's feature debut "Viva Riva!" is one such gangster drama, a nastily...
| Nov 18, 2010
With his 30th novel, "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey," the fascinating Walter Mosley not only returns to top form, but also extends once again the boundaries of the hard-boiled suspense genre in which his best work always has been rooted.
| Nov 21, 2010
High in his ridgeline home, sitting on a porch that feels like a ledge, Gerard Way peered through cigarette smoke and the late-afternoon Pasadena haze as he searched his memory for the moment when his band, My Chemical Romance, shed its skin. "I think,"...
| Nov 21, 2010
Our Days in Stockholm: A Memoir of a Friendship
Kurdo Baksi, translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson
Pegasus Books: 144 pp., $22
What does a writer leave behind? Unfinished work, clues about the creation of his characters,...
| Aug 17, 2010
If you want to plant a garden, cook what you grow, find a husband, be a better husband, get a baby to sleep, get along with a teenager, get that teenager into college, get a divorce or lose 20 pounds, you don't have to go it alone. There's a coach to help...