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Reese Witherspoon will be the voice of the new Scout

latimes.com — Reese Witherspoon will give voice to the adult Scout - and all the other characters - in Harper Lee's new novel, "Go Set a Watchman." Witherspoon, an Oscar-winning actress, will narrate the audiobook version. "As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch," Witherspoon said in a statement.

The winners of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are ...

latimes.com — The 35th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Saturday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. The winners in 10 categories included one of Southern California’s signature artists, Jaime Hernandez; Elizabeth Kolbert’s story of the Anthropocene age; and Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection “Citizen,” an achingly contemporary meditation on race.

Authors Janet Fitch, Cynthia Bond share admiration for each other's work

latimes.com — Writing is like 'running a marathon with a constantly shifting finish line': Cynthia Bond There are many things Janet Fitch and Cynthia Bond share: The L.A.-based authors both write novels with complicated characters in difficult situations, and Oprah Winfrey picked Fitch's "White Oleander" (in 1999) and Bond's "Ruby" (in 2015) for her book club.

Coming to the L.A. Times Festival of Books: Atticus Lish

latimes.com — Atticus Lish’s debut novel “Preparation for the Next Life,” was something of an underdog: It was published by small independent Tyrant Books , set in the unloveliest corners of New York and focuses on two marginal characters rarely seen in American fiction.

Festival of Books: Tavis Smiley recalls friend in 'My Journey With Maya'

latimes.com — In 1993, Tavis Smiley was an ambitious yet unworldly former aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Maya Angelou was, among other things, a bestselling author and groundbreaking poet who had recently become the first African American and first woman to read at a presidential inauguration.

Time 100 includes Haruki Murakami and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

latimes.com — The good news: There are a couple of novelists in the Time 100, the magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world. The bad news: There are just a couple. Two. Japanese author Haruki Murakami is categorized not as an artist but as an icon.

Times' celebration of the written word opens its 20th chapter

courant.com — "In the beginning, people weren't sure what to expect. Who's going to come to a book festival in Los Angeles?" novelist Paula Woods recalls asking. "They don't read books in L.A. They watch movies." Woods was on the author committee that helped plan the first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books almost two decades ago.

Times' celebration of the written word opens its 20th chapter

latimes.com — "In the beginning, people weren't sure what to expect. Who's going to come to a book festival in Los Angeles?" novelist Paula Woods recalls asking. "They don't read books in L.A. They watch movies." Woods was on the author committee that helped plan the first Los Angeles Times Festival of Books almost two decades ago.

Tumblr a place for readers and favorite authors to connect

latimes.com — To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books - by, say, author Rainbow Rowell - can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr , where the author herself might see and share it with her followers.

Bailey's women's prize for fiction announces 2015 shortlist

latimes.com — The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction has announced its 2015 shortlist. While the names may be not entirely familiar to casual American readers, some are very high-profile in the UK, where the prize is based. One is not.
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Apr 24, 2015

RT @teamblock: "Made you eat your kids" was the "your shoe’s untied" of the ancient world. - In which I rank eating kids for @Awl: bit.ly/1EA6BrU

Apr 24, 2015

@kathrynschulz Yes! Amazing to capture, amazing that you've been there, and amazing that "wow" works across languages.

Apr 24, 2015

Amused by the back and forth between @jk_rowling and @RGalbraith. I think they're both a little giddy about the new Strike novel.

Apr 24, 2015

If "slut" is still in your vocabulary, I don't think I can help you.

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