| Mar 4, 2012
Not unlike its counterpart rock 'n' roll, memorable jazz novels occupy a pretty slim shelf at the local bookstore. Though the music has been gracefully spun into fiction by Roddy Doyle, Michael Ondaatje and — most distinctively — Rafi Zabor in...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 4:32 PM
A quiz for Los Angeles theatergoers: Question: Where can you see a lot of Irish chancers fighting over turf? Answer: At âThe Fieldâ and âWar,â playing in repertory at Theatre Banshee in Burbank. Q: Which one is the drama and......
| Jun 1, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The Hay Festival of literature and the arts, held annually in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, kicked off May 27 and continues through Sunday. The popular festival, which regularly features audiences of 1,500, is sponsored by the Guardian. Authors who've already...
| Mar 19, 2010
| 9:33 PM
The 2010 PEN World Voices literary festival will feature 150 writers from 40 countries. The festival's lineup includes literary fiction heavyweights Toni Morrison, Richard Ford, Salman Rushdie, Sherman Alexie, Elias Khoury, Roddy Doyle and Aleksander...
| Jun 4, 2010
| 2:55 PM
Let's face it: If Homer or Virgil were writing today, their work would probably get shelved in the fantasy section of the bookstore rather than in "Classics of Western Literature." "Oh, c'mon," I imagine some bookseller saying, "the publisher says this...
| Nov 20, 2010
Local theater fans have a unique opportunity to experience a pair of excellent West Coast premieres as Burbank's Theatre Banshee presents the repertory performance schedule of "War" and "The Field."
Utilizing designer Arthur MacBride's spacious Irish...
| Jun 3, 2010
A few things to know about our book club: Our book club originated 10 years ago with 7 members discussing our first book “The House of Mirth” by Edith Wharton. That proved to be a daunting first choice and led us to lighten up and diversify...
| Oct 13, 2010
Theatre Banshee is known for its Irish plays, but this season producers are trying something new: staging two Irish plays performed simultaneously so the audience can see one play in the afternoon, take a break, and see the other at night.
| May 22, 2011
A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman
Complete Short Stories
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 215 pp., $24
Written over a period of 50 years, these stories reveal a great deal about a writer best known for her novels. Organized...
| May 22, 2011
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
| May 3, 2009
Scribner: 272 pp., $25
Colm Tóibín leads a generation of Irish novelists, born in the 1950s, who have achieved wide international readership. Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe have long been...
| Jan 14, 2009
At some point, there's a large and interesting essay to be written on why so much of the most interesting new English-language fiction comes to us from Indian and Irish writers.
When it is, there ought to be a substantial section devoted to Patrick...