| Oct 20, 2013
Have you seen AT&T's running-with-books TV commercial? Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall starts up “The Odyssey” audiobook on his smartphone and proceeds to listen and run for hours under a cloudless blue sky down a tree-lined country road, through...
| Oct 27, 2013
Novelist Donna Tartt doesn't publish very often — her engrossing new book, “The Goldfinch,” is her first since 2002's “The Little Friend,” which itself trailed her wildly popular fictional debut, “The Secret History,&...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 10:30 AM
The work of Wes Anderson has been dividing critics for years, ever since his short film, "Bottle Rocket" (later expanded into a feature), played Sundance in 1994, and announced the presence of a unique new voice in the indie world, as well as calling...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 6:15 PM
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The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning -- the complete list is below. In addition to the 50 books in 10 categories that are in the running for the awards,...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Jack Vance, prolific author of science fiction, mystery and epic fantasy, died Sunday at 96, his son John told the Associated Press. He had written more than 60 books during his long life.
Vance, whose real name was John Holbrook, also published under...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:12 PM
When it comes to events like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., there are knowns, unknowns and, already, mis-knowns. A photograph of Ryan Lanza circulated asserting he was the shooter, when in fact it was his brother, Adam Lanza. Their mother,...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 12:10 PM
It's a big day for prize announcements: The Literature Prize announced its formation and sponsor Wednesday at a news conference at the British Library in London. The idea for the prize came into being when a group of British intellectuals took umbrage...
| May 30, 2013
| 7:04 PM
Jack Vance, who penned his first short stories while serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine in the 1940s and became a prolific, award-winning author of elaborate works of science fiction, fantasy and mystery, has died. He was 96.
Vance died Sunday at his...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Westeros came to Hollywood on Tuesday night with “Game of Thrones” stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Richard Madden and Nikolaj ......
| Oct 5, 2012
| 3:02 PM
According to ancient Jewish mysticism, there are 36 people, called lamed-vavniks, who are divinely chosen to save the world. This ......
| Sep 14, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Some of the biggest blockbuster movies in the last 10 years are based on books. (That means you, Harry Potter and “The Hunger Games”). But the annual television lineup has always included its share of book adaptations as well, dating back to...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:52 PM
1. "A Wanted Man" by Lee Child (Delacorte, $28). Jack Reacher finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy after hitching a ride with strangers. Last week: —
2. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $24.99). Father Time, the...