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

Book festivals on this weekend in Boston, Texas — If you happen not to be in Los Angeles this weekend -- and that's unfortunate, because temperatures here have finally dropped below 100 --the optimal places to be are Boston and Austin. Both are holding book festivals. The Texas Book Festival is bigger, for sure, because it's Texas, after all.

7 crazy but safe-for-work stories from George Clinton's memoir — According to his memoir, George Clinton once laundered close to a million dollars in counterfeit bills, was tripping on acid when he learned Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot, and lighted a hotel room on fire while smoking crack - naked.

Atavist Books to close up shop — It lasted hardly more than two years: Atavist Books will close at the end of 2014. The venture was backed by a couple of big entertainment names -- Barry Diller and Scott Rudin -- and an announced investment of $20 million.

North Hollywood Litcrawl returns Wednesday — The North Hollywood-based Lit Crawl returns Wednesday with a packed one-evening schedule. More than 100 L.A.-based novelists, poets, memoirists and other writers will partcipate in dozens of events starting at 7 p.m., capped by a closing party at the Federal Bar. One of the highlights of the night is the event called Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.

Twin Peaks' return births book 'The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks' — Flatiron Books will publish "The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks," a novel based on the TV series, the publisher announced Thursday. The book will tie together the first iteration of "Twin Peaks" with its upcoming return on Showtime. The original show, which broadcast two seasons on ABC in 1990-91, is a cult favorite.

McSweeney's will become a nonprofit — McSweeney's is going to become a nonprofit, the independent publisher announced on its website Thursday. This is good news and bad news. The good news is that if you wanted to support McSweeney's by making a donation, starting today it can be tax deductible (at least in part).

John Grisham's troubling statements about child porn — John Grisham is known for writing bestselling legal thrillers like "The Firm," "The Client" and "The Pelican Brief." Promoting his upcoming novel "Gray Mountain," he told England's the Daily Telegraph that America's prison system is out of control. And in the process, he said some pretty creepy things about people viewing child porn.

Elmore Leonard archive goes to South Carolina — The battle for the literary archives appears to be heating up. While the Ransom Center at University of Texas, Austin, is a dominant force, an upstart has emerged in South Carolina. On Wednesday, the University of South Carolina announced that it has acquired the archives of crime writer Elmore Leonard.

National Book Awards announces 2014 shortlists — The National Book Foundation announced the shortlists for the 2014 National Book Awards on Wednesday. There are five finalists each in four categories: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young adult literature. The complete list is below.

Harlan Ellison is in the hospital recovering from a stroke — Harlan Ellison, the multi-award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy, had a stroke last week and is recovering in a Southern California hospital. He is grumpy -- and everyone considers that a good sign. Patton Oswalt tweeted: "'I gotta go do some physical therapy on my stupid ... arm.'
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as an effort to influence public opinion on Michael Brown's death.…

Oct 22, 2014

For Halloween can I have Thelma Todd's seaside cafe/apt/site of mysterious death?…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @alex_shephard: @RonCharles @mathitak @paperhaus @Andrew_Ervin ugh my novel UNSTARRED KIRKUS REVIEW is getting killed right now can you guys stop?

Oct 22, 2014

RT @michaelschaub: @mathitak @Andrew_Ervin @paperhaus I hope you'll all enjoy my debut, "God, Book Critics Are So Fucking Hot, Right?"

Oct 22, 2014

RT @Andrew_Ervin: @paperhaus Not at all. And now I must return to writing my magnum opus, THE REGIONAL SALES REP'S VIRTUOUS DAUGHTER.

Oct 22, 2014

Just me, or is a novel titled "The Bookseller" a little bit pandery?

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