| Aug 29, 2010
It may seem, thanks to her ManBooker Prize winning novel 'Wolf Hall' (just out in paperback, Picador: 608 pp., $16), that the novelist Hilary Mantel needs no more attention; but in fact the large body of her work — and she's been publishing for more...
| Feb 27, 2011
| 12:03 PM
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Tamim Ansary: The author of "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes" will discuss and sign his new book. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free...
| Aug 8, 2011
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"The obvious trouble with pen names … even with the most inspired and impressive ones, was that they somehow failed to convey truly the full extent of one's literary genius," said Romain Gary, the great French filmmaker and novelist, among other...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Though the publishing business slows down on Fridays, interesting book news does not. Guernica has a previously unpublished interview with Carlos Fuentes, who died May 15 at age 83, conducted in 2008. "I am a writer," he says. "I spend......
| Nov 19, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Viggo Mortensen, star of "A Dangerous Method," has obsessive work habits, says director and collaborator David Cronenberg....
| Dec 21, 2010
| 4:34 PM
A list of 29 top literary films, from 1982 to 2010....
| Apr 12, 2011
| 4:33 AM
Out of curiosity, I picked up this paperback for 50 cents at the Southern California Library’s book sale because the 1947 movie based on Dorothy B. Hughes’ novel is often mentioned as a classic film noir, and of course it’s......
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:42 AM
The headline blares: "Elderly Chicago woman found dead, mutilated." Four fingers of her right hand had been severed.
The prime suspect? The slain woman's best friend, Dr. Jennifer White, a recently retired orthopedic surgeon who is also her neighbor on...
| Jul 17, 2011
Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
| Dec 17, 2010
The Texas-born, New York-educated, Europe-dwelling Patricia Highsmith (1921-95), whose genre-bending fiction is hard to pigeonhole, excelled at depicting extreme emotional and psychological states — as demonstrated in "Patricia Highsmith: Selected...
| May 17, 2009
1. Visualize Harry Dean Stanton.
Head north out of Detroit on I-75 past 8 Mile Road and you get to Bloomfield Hills, the wealthy suburb where Elmore Leonard lives. Although he was born in New Orleans in 1925, the 83-year-old novelist grew up middle-class...
| Apr 4, 2010
I should admit up front that my favorite narrators tend to be unreliable. While other readers seek comfort or order, a breather from life's everyday chaos and bad news, I like having my consciousness pricked by protagonists who don't understand their...