27 essential Memorial Day books
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Memorial Day is meant to give Americans a time to remember the veterans and fallen soldiers of our many wars. The Los Angeles Times’ Book section has chosen these 27 books – novels and nonfiction, some stories absurd, others painful – as essential to understanding the American fighters’ experienc... .. read more..

Five of the best books on modern Germany history
Thursday, May 25, 2017
It’s horrendously difficult reading because it takes you through the psychological transformation from ordinary, middle-aged men into killing machines, almost. I remember, when I studied history at university, that it was one of the books—out of all ... .. read more..

8 Of The Most Popular Quotes From Stephen King’s Books
Thursday, May 25, 2017
One of the most well-known and bestselling authors of his generation, Stephen King is a household name in the literary realm of horror writing. Having published more than 98 works, consisting of short stories, novels, and nonfiction, a list of book quotes ... .. read more..

The National Association of Scholars’ “Beach Books Report”
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Depending on the institution of one’s choice, those who are planning to enter college for the first time in the fall may be expected to read an assigned book over the summer. That is, many schools have a “common reading program,” a program designed ... .. read more..

Zine Fest returns to L.A. this weekend for bookish #DIY fun
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Whether staple-bound and copied, full color and hand-stitched, a collection of poems or a manifesto, zines hold a special, insider-outsider place in the book world — independently produced and distributed, they’re a place for experimentation and discovery, and this year’s L.A. Zine Fest will have... .. read more..

Can Instagram Keep People Reading Books?
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Back in 2014 Natasha Minoso was looking for ways to drive traffic to her blog review, Book Baristas. Like most bloggers she leveraged the typical social platforms, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She was surprised when it was her Instagram account that ... .. read more..

Looking for great summer reading? These 10 books should be on your list
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Here we are again, staring into the maw of the long, hot, humid summer. How do we survive? We read. We enter other worlds and try and forget about this one (at least for awhile). Here are some of the best ways to accomplish that goal this summer. .. read more..

Writing (and not writing) during a political maelstrom
Thursday, May 25, 2017
In 1987, when I was finishing my undergrad degree at UC Berkeley, Ross Thomas came to town to give a reading. Thomas was one of my idols, a spy novelist whose intricate, hilarious plots featured world-weary political fixers, career double agents and titles that seem less dreamed up than stewed... .. read more..

Tony Walsh’s poem found words where there are no words | Jeanette Winterson
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The poet’s appearance at the vigil for the Manchester bombing victims helped us face up to the tragedy Tony Walsh’s poem, “This Is The Place” , rapped out by him in fierce lines at Tuesday’s vigil in Manchester , did what public poetry should do – found words where there are no words. We say, “I ... .. read more..

Novel recipes: Macaroons from The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Enjoying the abundance of a Tuscan holiday, I devoured Von Armin’s novel with some toothsome almond delights Every time Mrs. Fisher offered Mrs. Arbuthnot anything – her cup, or milk, or sugar – Mrs. Arbuthnot offered her macaroons, – pressed them on her with an odd assiduousness, almost with obs... .. read more..

Poetry on vinyl, the zines of Instagram and more from the literary web
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Literary links for that homestretch to the weekend. .. read more..

Amazon Books Should Open Where They're Most Needed
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Manhattan is not hurting for bookstores, but Queens and the Bronx are. Amazon Books should look to the outer boroughs for its next outpost. When e-commerce was new and people were still afraid to give out their credit card information online, Amazon lured ... .. read more..

Hisham Matar: ‘If I wake up at an early hour and write 500 words each day I w...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The winner of the 2017 Folio prize on how he learnt to stop either congratulating or beating himself up at the end of each working day There are two voices: the first says write; the second hardly speaks, but I know what he wants. And if I let him, nothing would get done. He hovers at the edges. ... .. read more..

The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers review – murder on the moors
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The desperate rise and fall of a Yorkshire coining gang in the 1760s are made over into myth B enjamin Myers’ s new novel is about the Yorkshire poor in the 18th century, a time when the theft of a handkerchief or a loaf of bread could lead to the gallows. Small wonder, then, that smuggling and c... .. read more..

Dolce Vita Confidential by Shawn Levy review – swinging Rome in the 1950s
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The post-Mussolini capital of Italy was a glamorous ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’, even if Fellini’s famous film is now misunderstood Her mane of wet peroxide hair is flung back and she is almost busting out of her strapless black gown as she wades recklessly through the fountain. Anita Ekbe... .. read more..

3 Books That Help Make Sense of Cyberwar
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The fear of a massive cyber attack became fact on May 12, when over 200,000 computers were hacked in a global blackmail attempt. Hospitals were locked out of medical records; individuals were prompted to pay a ransom in order to access their computers. .. read more..

The Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher review – a food writing classic
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Fisher exposed the private appetites most of us struggle to hide. Her celebrated book from 1943 has been reissued and reads very differently now WH Auden’s famous observation on the writer MFK Fisher – “I do not know of anyone in the States who writes better prose” – has been pressed into service... .. read more..

Folio prize goes to Hisham Matar's memoir The Return
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Acclaimed account of the author’s journey home to Libya in search of his missing father’s story is the first nonfiction book to win the £20,000 prize A month after it secured him a Pulitzer prize , Hisham Matar’s memoir The Return has won the Rathbones Folio prize. The Return tells the story of M... .. read more..

Amazon hopes to take Manhattan with New York bookstore
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Amazon will open its seventh bookstore on Thursday in New York, the company's first brick-and-mortar location in the home city of America's publishing industry. The 4,000-square-foot store, near the headquarters of publishers Penguin Random House, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, held a soft openin... .. read more..

'I have an aversion to failure': Sally Rooney feels the buzz of her debut novel
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
She has been called the ‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation’. Sally Rooney explains how she wrote Conversations With Friends in a flat-out creative frenzy, and how being a former debating champion helped with the dialogue To listen to Sally Rooney, you would guess she has always been a great ta... .. read more..

Unseen Sylvia Plath poems deciphered in carbon paper
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Duplicating sheet in old notebook examined by academics yields two unknown works, To a Refractory Santa Claus and Megrims A carbon paper hidden in the back of an old notebook owned by Sylvia Plath has revealed two previously unknown poems by The Bell Jar author. The paper, which was discovered by... .. read more..

Culver City is now home to America's sole romance-only bookstore: the Ripped ...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
“We wanted a lot of light in the space,” says Bea Koch from one of the baroque, Victorian couches that form a makeshift living room in the center of the Ripped Bodice, America’s sole romance-only bookstore, which she owns with her sister Leah. “Romance is hidden a lot, and this store is not hidin... .. read more..

Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford – review
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The novelist makes no grand claims for this memoir, and it is his unembarrassed love for his mother and father that comes through What ultimately came between Richard Ford’s parents occurred on 20 February 1960, when his father suffered a heart attack. He’d had one 12 years previously but re... .. read more..

Neil Gaiman hopes to raise $1m for refugees with Dr Seuss reading
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The American Gods author and UNHCR goodwill ambassador says he will give a dramatic recital of Fox in Socks if enough money is pledged Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and Neverwhere, has offered to stage a dramatic reading of Dr Seuss’s Fox in Socks, if fans pledge $1m (£769,000)... .. read more..

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