Award-winning LA Times staff writer covering books and publishing.

Man Booker International and the Independent's Foreign Fiction Prize merge

latimes.com — If you think the competition to win a literary prize is tough, just look at the competition among the prizes themselves. In America we have the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Awards, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Ainsfield-Wolf Book Awards, the Story Prize, a heap of PEN Awards, the Neudstadt Prize for International Literature, the Best Translated Book Awards and many others.

Judd Apatow talks with his heroes about comedy

mercurynews.com — Comedy writer, director and producer Judd Apatow -- whose hits include 'Knocked Up,' 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Anchorman,' and whose next film, coming July 17, is 'Trainwreck,' written by and starring Amy Schumer -- has published a book of conversations with several of his favorite comedians, including Schumer.

'It's not a prequel!' - J.K. Rowling on the new Harry Potter play

latimes.com — It's not a prequel. How many times does she have to say it? A new Harry Potter story is coming - not in a book but to the stage. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will open in London in the summer of 2016.

Anthony Doerr, Bryan Stevenson win Carnegie Medals for fiction, nonfiction

latimes.com — Anthony Doerr has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for Fiction for his bestselling novel "All the Light We Cannot See." Bryan Stevenson was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction for his book on his experience with inequities in the American criminal justice system, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption."

21 classic works of gay literature

latimes.com — On Friday, the Supreme Court  ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, clearing the way for gay marriage nationwide. As celebrations broke out, many on social media began sharing parts of the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy , which concludes with unusual poetry.

Emma Watson will be at the center of 'The Circle'

latimes.com — Emma Watson has signed on to star in "The Circle," an adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel, Variety reports. Watson will play Mae Holland, the naive staffer whose devotion to The Circle -- a massive tech company that's like Facebook, Apple and Google combined -- leads her to climb its ranks.

Review: 'Seven Good Years' a small window into odd, alluring life view

latimes.com — If I could get you to read one writer, it would be Etgar Keret. His impossible blend of humor and tragedy, cynicism and empathy as well as big-hearted narratives that occupy the tiniest of page counts make him one of my favorites. Maybe one of yours.

Understanding Dzhokhar Tsarnaev via Masha Gessen's 'The Brothers'

latimes.com — During high school in Cambridge, "Dzhohkar had continued to make good grades and good friends and make everyone happy. ...

When does fast food belong in the Yale Library? When it's Chipotle.

latimes.com — Usually a patron trying to carry a big cup of soda or a bag of fast food into the library will be stopped at the door. But the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale is welcoming them. As long as they're from Chipotle. And have those short stories and essays printed on them.

James Ellroy's Hollywood Hills home for sale at $1.3 million

latimes.com — If dark thoughts of murder and conspiracy, politics and prejudice, Los Angeles and its dirty habits keep you up at night, perhaps you're the right person to buy writer James Ellroy's house. Item: James Ellroy's Hollywood Hills home hits the market for a cool $1.3 million.
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Yonder past the deadline lies my lunch. I can almost see it there.

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it's amazing, a loud ad that starts playing when you scroll by invariably makes me fall in LOVE with the product.

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Breakfast update: I managed to get Sriracha on my iPhone.

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I love this so much that I want more. Squirrel feeder/library, anyone? twitter.com/Library4birds/…

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