LA Times staff writer covering books and publishing, former editor LAist, MFA from Pitt where I founded Hot Metal Bridge.

Review: Salman Rushdie's 'Two Years' lets genies go free and wild

latimes.com — In his new novel, Salman Rushdie lets the genie out of the bottle and puts her straight into the arms of a 12th-century philosopher. Their relationship kicks off a story that pits reason against religion, imagination against order, and genies against puny humans.

National Book Awards to honor Don DeLillo for lifetime achievement

latimes.com — Because of its popularity on college syllabi, most people know Don DeLillo from his book "White Noise." But reading his other novels -- "Libra," "Ratner's Star," "Great Jones Street," "The Names," "Falling Man," "Americana" and of course "Underworld" -- prove DeLillo's astonishing breadth and depth.

New James Bond Author apologises for calling Idris Elba 'too street'

smh.com.au — Bond contender Idris Elba has also starred in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Luther and The Wire. Photo: Supplied James Bond author Anthony Horowitz has apologised for comments he made regarding actor Idris Elba potentially being cast as the next 007.

Latest James Bond scribe says Idris Elba 'too street' to play 007

latimes.com — First of all, Anthony Horowitz may be a bestselling author in England, but he's not Ian Fleming. Fleming created James Bond, who made his first appearance in the 1953 novel "Casino Royale" and immediately became a hit. Fleming had served in British naval intelligence during World War II and began his career as a novelist while living in Jamaica.
Sep 01, 2015

Thanks to the clearly insane new James Bond writer, I got to start my day looking for pictures of Idris Elba latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @paperhaus: Thanks to the clearly insane new James Bond writer, I got to start my day looking for pictures of Idris Elba latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @paperhaus: Thanks to the clearly insane new James Bond writer, I got to start my day looking for pictures of Idris Elba latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Sep 01, 2015

I suppose saying stupid, controversial things is one way to get attention for your book lat.ms/1hRq6ms

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Oliver Sacks: J.K. Rowling and other authors pay tribute

latimes.com — Oliver Sacks was beloved because he saw the human stories inside medicine. Sacks was a neurologist with unique compassion and curiosity; he wrote books about people whose brains behaved in very unusual ways. His books include "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales," "The Mind's Eye," "The Island of the Colorblind" and "Seeing Voices."

What made Amy Stewart leave garden bestsellers behind for the novel 'Girl Waits with Gun'?

latimes.com — On her last book tour, Amy Stewart served specialty cocktails at her readings. It was only fitting for her book, "The Drunken Botanist," a historical tour of boozy plants. That was Stewart's fifth work of nonfiction; since 2001 she's been hitting bestseller lists with her quirky tales of the natural world with books that include "Wicked Plants" and "Flower Confidential."
Aug 27, 2015

Goodbye drunken botany, hello historical fiction: @Amy_stewart talks to @paperhaus about ‘Girl Waits With Gun' lat.ms/1NXrfmi

Criticism of diversity issues at AWP conference inflamed by Kate Gale piece

latimes.com — It looks like AWP has a diversity problem. Social media has been aflame with commentary over a Huffington Post piece meant to address charges that AWP -- the Assn. of Writers & Writing Programs -- doesn't support diversity at its annual conference.
Aug 26, 2015

RT @latimesbooks: Controversy over diversity issues at AWP conference: @paperhaus rounds up the recent social media conversation lat.ms/1MVv6TC

Aug 27, 2015

RT @kima_jones: The @latimes quotes @Danez_Smif , @PKhakpour, @rgay,@MLHDouglas and me discussing @kate_gale & that essay: http://t.co/OkJY…

Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter

latimes.com — Jonathan Alter is at work on a biography of Jimmy Carter with the full cooperation of the former president, publisher Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. Earlier this month, Carter, 90, shared the news that he will be undergoing treatment for cancer. Alter has been working with Carter, his friends and his family since early 2015.
Aug 25, 2015

Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter - LA Times My publisher announces next book,underway 5 months. latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @jonathanalter: Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter - LA Times My publisher announces next book,underway 5 months. latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @jonathanalter: Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter - LA Times My publisher announces next book,underway 5 months. latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @jonathanalter: Jimmy Carter biography in the works by Jonathan Alter - LA Times My publisher announces next book,underway 5 months. latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Review: 'The Last Love Song' a copy and paste bio of Joan Didion

latimes.com — Someday someone will write a biography worthy of Joan Didion, an author known for her razor-sharp insights and crystalline style. This is not that book. Tracy Daugherty's "The Last Love Song" fails to tell Didion's story more deeply, revealingly or informatively than Didion has already told it herself.
Aug 20, 2015

Someday someone will write a bio worthy of Joan Didion. Apparently 'The Last Love Song' is not that book lat.ms/1K8ToaI

Aug 23, 2015

RT @latimesbooks: Someday someone will write a bio worthy of Joan Didion; @Paperhaus says 'The Last Love Song' is not that book lat.ms/1K8ToaI

Aug 20, 2015

RT @Joypress: Someday someone will write a bio worthy of Joan Didion. Apparently 'The Last Love Song' is not that book lat.ms/1K8ToaI

Aug 20, 2015

RT @Joypress: Someday someone will write a bio worthy of Joan Didion. Apparently 'The Last Love Song' is not that book lat.ms/1K8ToaI

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Forget the Jane Austen romantic comedy: These authors would make way better rom-coms

latimes.com — lt;p>A film company is hoping to turn the life of author Jane Austen into a romantic comedy. They couldn't have picked a worse subject.</p> <p>Austen is a classic novelist, one whose books "Emma," "Sense and Sensibility" and the beloved "Pride and Prejudice" have themselves been turned into delightful romantic comedies on screen.
Aug 20, 2015

It's surprisingly hard to find writers with lives happy enough for a romcom but @paperhaus found some lat.ms/1K8S3AT

Aug 20, 2015

RT @Joypress: It's surprisingly hard to find writers with lives happy enough for a romcom but @paperhaus found some lat.ms/1K8S3AT

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Sep 04, 2015

RT @latimesent: Happy 30th, 'Super Mario Bros.,' and thanks for the lessons big and small lat.ms/1i29loP

Sep 04, 2015

@RonCharles ouch. At least they got "national," "book" and "festival" right.

Sep 04, 2015

@RonCharles I for one am waiting at my desk, palms sweaty with excitement.

Sep 04, 2015

Sadly, Pride&Recreation prideandrecreation.tumblr.com is exactly like Slaughterhouse 90210 but without books. The original: slaughterhouse90210.tumblr.com

Sep 04, 2015

@mattdpearce I read that while on the road on the 1992 campaign. Things had really, really changed.


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