LA Times staffer covering books and publishing. Not as tall as I appear.

Younger book dealers are diving into the antiquarian trade — In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says. Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena.

Ayelet Waldman dreams of history in 'Love and Treasure' — Ayelet Waldman's "Love and Treasure" (Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, April 1) is a triptych novel that follows the lives of American and Hungarian Jews across the 20th century. A story of relationships, art and loss, it moves among a granddaughter trying to solve a puzzle, feminists in Budapest between the wars and European Holocaust survivors headed to Palestine.

David Grand conjures early L.A. in 'Mount Terminus' — "I developed a phobia of Los Angeles," says David Grand. That could have been a problem for the 45-year-old author, whose novel "Mount Terminus" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 384 pp., $26) is set in early 20th century L.A.

Zachary Lazar searches for meaning in 'I Pity the Poor Immigrant' — Meyer Lansky is one of the gravitational centers of Zachary Lazar's new novel, "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" (Little, Brown and Company: 256 pp., $25). Not so much the dapper, "Boardwalk Empire" -era gangster as Lansky in 1972 in Israel, seeking to retire there under the country's Law of Return.

Rivka Galchen talks about putting a female twist on iconic stories — "When I was 25 years old, I looked at my bookshelf and it was all men," says Rivka Galchen. "All of my favorite books were by men and had male narrators." Galchen, author of the novel "Atmospheric Disturbances," is now 38 and speaking by phone from New York.

Julianne Moore signs on to adaptation of Brian Selznick's 'Wonderstruck' — Brian Selznick's bestselling book "Wonderstruck" is headed to movie screens, and Julianne Moore has signed on to the project, Deadline reports. Selznick's hefty illustrated children's books have earned him an adoring fan following. "Wonderstruck," published in 2011, followed 2007's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which was adapted as the movie "Hugo."
Nov 17, 2015

Unreasonably excited by the idea of Todd Haynes & Julianne Moore possibly reuniting for 'Wonderstruck'…

Branch library to be dedicated to Wanda Coleman — The Los Angeles Public Library will dedicate its Ascot Branch library to poet Wanda Coleman later this month. Coleman , who died in 2013, was considered Los Angeles' " unofficial poet laureate" ; friends, fans and family had advocated for a permanent remembrance. Coleman's poetry, full of creative...
Nov 18, 2015

RT @latimes: Branch library to be dedicated to LA's "unofficial poet laureate" Wanda Coleman

Don DeLillo's new novel, 'Zero K,' announced — This week, Don Delillo will accept the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters -- its lifetime achievement award -- at the National Book Awards. But that doesn't mean the author has stopped writing. On Monday, Scribner announced that Delillo's next novel, "Zero K," will be published in May 2016.
Nov 17, 2015

RT @latimesbooks: There's a new novel coming from Don Delillo in 2015: Zero K

Fernando del Paso wins prestigious Cervantes Prize — Mexican author Fernando del Paso was awarded the Cervantes Prize on Thursday. The $135,000 award is the most prestigious Spanish-language literary prize. The 80-year-old writer is known best worldwide for the massive and ambitious "Palinuro of Mexico." The book was published in Spain in 1977, in...

Prisoners' rights magazine sues Arizona Dept. of Corrections over censorship — Prison Legal News, a 25-year-old magazine produced by the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center, has sued the Arizona Department of Corrections over censorship. In 2014, prisoners in Arizona stopped receiving copies of Prison Legal News, according to the suit. The monthly magazine's March, April, July and October issues were withheld from 97 Arizona inmates with subscriptions.
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Nov 27, 2015

"Who wins the struggle for the imagination of the world?" - Don Delillo in @parisreview

Nov 27, 2015

RT @sfclem: How have these white male extremists been able to use "pro-life" for so goddamn long? Let's call them what they are: domestic terrorists.

Nov 27, 2015

RT @byandreachang: Eli Broad is declining to comment on @rupertmurdoch's tweet that Broad might acquire the @latimes.

Nov 25, 2015

@ami_with_an_i You're right. Mincemeat has no meat, while marzipan has no Mars and no pan.

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