| Apr 17, 2014
| 3:54 PM
When Colonel Aureliano Buendía faced the firing squad, time slipped away, and his life became a dream. Before him rose the mythical town of Macondo and its retinue of gypsies and their pipes and kettle drums and magical inventions.
Of course Buendía's...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 11:40 AM
"Hot Sur" (Hot South), the just-published novel by Colombian author Laura Restrepo, carries a disturbing dedication: "A Javier, que pasa los días de su vida en una cárcel de Estados Unidos" -- To Javier, who spends the days of his life in a U.S. jail....
| Oct 2, 2012
| 2:54 PM
Michael Henry Heim, a well regarded scholar of Slavic languages at UCLA known for his translations of works by Gunter Grass, Milan Kundera, Thomas Mann and Anton Chekhov, has died. He was 69. Heim died Saturday at his home in......
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:54 PM
In her swirling debut novel "The Threads of the Heart," the French writer Carole Martinez follows the turbulent life of Frasquita Carasco, a 19th century Spanish seamstress with mystical powers.
The witty, dark and surreal novel is narrated by Soledad,...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 1:23 PM
It would not, should not, matter a bit to Dennis Lehane that I am late getting around to his books. Without the benefit of my eyes and credit card, he has had a critically and financially successful career since publishing his first novel, “A...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 7:46 AM
"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later"
"Laramie is a community, not a project." That was the blunt assessment of an editorial in the Wyoming college town's paper on the 10th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard. The young gay university...
| Oct 8, 2010
The selection Thursday morning of Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa as winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature raises a familiar question: Why him? Why now? On the one hand, Vargas Llosa is without question a writer of stature, a central figure...
| May 16, 2012
If Carlos Fuentes could have invented the perfect character to star in one of his novels, he might have come up with a protagonist named Carlos Fuentes.
That character would be a glamorous global citizen who was born in Panama as a diplomat's son, then...
| Apr 12, 2011
Daniel Catán, an opera composer and librettist whose works including "Il Postino" and "Florencia en el Amazonas" have been praised for their lyrical romanticism and humane generosity of spirit, died suddenly Saturday in Austin, Texas. He was 62.
| Jan 28, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Female friendships, a very literary Oscar contender, and thoughts on fiction, place and film in the weekend's book news....
| May 15, 2012
| 9:36 PM
The writer Carlos Fuentes has died in Mexico City at age 83. This week an interview was published in which he said he'd just finished a novel - and started a new one....
| Mar 16, 2012
| 4:36 PM
John Leonard's collected essays, a book on genesis of the AIDS pandemic and another YA book by Carl Hiassen are all part of our Sunday coverage....