| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:13 AM
The '70s were a tough time to be a chimpanzee in America. Sure, some co-starred with Clint Eastwood in movies and on TV in the inexplicable "B.J. and the Bear," but the relationship between humans and other primates was not a kind one in the scientific...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
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What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:56 AM
Should we condemn Mrs. Bennet, the hilariously inept matchmaker in Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” for repeatedly sabotaging her daughters' prospects with her own uncouth behavior and transparent gold-digging?
Or should we commend her...
| May 25, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Between 1920 and 1930, there were three writers with at least five books in the list of 10 best-selling books, according to Publishers Weekly. Two of them are Zane Grey and Sinclair Lewis. The other is Warwick Deeping.
| May 12, 2013
It's now the second Sunday
In the merry month of May,
And all know that's the one day
Designated "Mother's Day."
You simply can't ignore it;
All around your neighborhood
Seems everyone is for it,
This salute to motherhood....
| May 1, 2013
| 11:39 AM
The Costa Mesa Technology Library is set to re-open in its new location on the northwest corner of Fairview Road and Wilson Street, next to the Subway sandwich shop, on April 30. The "Open House" will be from 1 to 4 p.m., complete with prizes. Check it...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:58 PM
In the midst of separating a generation of young female readers into Team Edward and Team Jacob, Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight" novels, started a new book called "The Host." Published by Little, Brown in 2008, "The Host" is a...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The head of Turkey’s biggest publishing house is a 32-year-old, Istanbul-raised, Boston-educated sociologist with a smart nose for business and the good sense to steer clear of politics — until now.
Can Oz runs the publishing house Can...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Imagine hearing the phrase: "Wow, you're just like one of the boys!" Then imagine hearing the phrase: "Wow, you're just like every other woman!"
Now decide which phrase is a compliment.
That didn't take very long, did it?
Let's face it: For a...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Barnes & Noble is getting out of the color tablet business (mostly). It announced Tuesday that it will cease production of its color Nook tablets -- although it plans to allow third parties to produce them, under pending licensing deals.
Could this be a...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 12:35 PM
For its 2013-14 season, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica will present appearances by actress Patti LuPone, opera singer Bryn Terfel, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Los Angeles dance group Bodytraffic. Members of the Simon Bolivar Symphony...
| Apr 14, 2013
Amazon has purchased the book-oriented social networking site Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. Speculation from Bloomberg Businessweek based on other social media properties (like Instagram and LinkedIn) puts the market price close to $1 billion. Other...