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Veronica Roth, author of 'Divergent,' to launch new book series

latimes.com — Veronica Roth, author of the wildly popular "Divergent" series, is starting on a new line of books. The as-yet untitled project is planned as a duology for young adults. It is to be published by Harper Collins. The publisher describes the books as being "in the vein of Star Wars ...

J.K. Rowling bibliography reveals secrets of the 'Harry Potter' books

latimes.com — An exhaustive new J.K. Rowling bibliography being published in the U.K. reveals secrets behind the workings of her Harry Potter books, the Guardian reports . " J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013 " by Philip Errington includes correspondence between Rowling and her editor and details the revisions of the Potter works in progress.

A story in a deck of cards, 'The Family Arcana,' takes off at Kickstarter

latimes.com — "The Family Arcana" goals were modest: $2,800 to create and print decks of cards that would tell multiple variations of a strange story. It's a classic deck -- four suits, deuce through ace -- that includes several sentences of the surreal, slightly creepy story on each card.

Drew Barrymore will publish a memoir

latimes.com — Actress and filmmaker Drew Barrymore is working on a book about her life for Dutton, the publisher announced Thursday. Barrymore joins other high-profile women in entertainment -- Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham -- who have published successful memoirs.

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award goes to Angie Estes

latimes.com — The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award goes to Angie Estes for her book "Enchantee" (Oberlin College Press). Announced Wednesday and presented by Claremont Graduate University, the award is among the most significant in America for a mid-career poet. Estes is the author of five books of poetry; "Tryst" (2009) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Ari Gold gets a book deal

latimes.com — Ari Gold has a book deal. Not Jeremy Piven, the actor who plays him in "Entourage," but Ari Gold, the fictional character. "The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By" is to be published by Hachette Books on May 12. It's a business and self-help book told with all of Gold's characteristic compassion and humility.

Help wanted: Next California poet laureate

latimes.com — Help wanted: California poet with stellar resume. Apply within. The California Arts Council is now accepting nominations for California poet laureate. The poet laureate serves a two-year term and is asked to perform public readings, undertake a significant cultural project and engage civic leaders on the subject of poetry and creative writing.

Windham Campbell prizes go to Geoff Dyer, Teju Cole, others

latimes.com — The nine recipients of the 2015 Windham Campbell Prizes were announced Tuesday morning. Each writer will receive a $150,000 prize. "I've won quite a few prizes with cachet but no cash, so this is a wonderful combination of the two," Geoff Dyer, one of three nonfiction recipients, told the Los Angeles Times by email.

'Lost' Sherlock Holmes tale probably isn't Arthur Conan Doyle's, expert says

latimes.com — Not so fast, Sherlock. Arthur Conan Doyle is the latest literary figure to appear to have written a "lost" manuscript. It's certainly been a good year for them. First came the news of "Go Set a Watchman," the first book from Harper Lee since her classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published in 1960.

Maya Angelou stamp to be released by U.S. Postal Service

latimes.com — The U.S. Postal Service will release a "forever" stamp honoring writer Maya Angelou, the agency announced Monday. Angelou, best known for her memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," died last year at age 86.
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Mar 02, 2015

Just before noon yesterday, police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man in downtown LA. latimes.com/local/californ…

Mar 02, 2015

LAPD officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row today. On video. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Mar 01, 2015

Accidentally bought two dozen Earle Stanley Gardner paperbacks today.

Feb 28, 2015

@chrisbarton It is. I even saw a house burning this evening, right before the fire trucks arrived.

Feb 28, 2015

@elizmccracken is your Fiat silver? Mine is too green to pass as a toaster.

Feb 27, 2015

The fun part of transcription is it's like spending several extra hours with an awesome author. The downside, tho, is the transcribing part.

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