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27 essential Memorial Day books

latimes.com — Memorial Day is meant to give Americans a time to remember the veterans and fallen soldiers of our many wars. The Los Angeles Times’ Book section has chosen these 27 books - novels and nonfiction, some stories absurd, others painful - as essential to understanding the American fighters’ experience.

The Paris Review launches video interview series

latimes.com — The Paris Review is launching a new series of video interviews with authors about their work. Since its first issue in 1953, the Paris Review has interviewed authors about the craft of writing. These long interviews, in question-and-answer format, appear in the magazine.

Stan Lee to publish memoir -- in graphic novel form

latimes.com — Stan Lee , the man behind Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk -- heck, practically the whole Marvel universe -- has been working on a book about his life. Touchstone plans to publish Lee's "Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir" on Oct. 6.

Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize

latimes.com — Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai was awarded the Man Booker International Prize on Tuesday night in London. The prize, awarded every other year, comes with an award of more than $90,000. Krasznahorkai, who is not yet well known in the U.S., is extremely well regarded in Germany and has been widely published in translation in Europe.

Lydia Millet's 'Mermaids in Paradise' picked up by 'Portlandia' pair

latimes.com — The producers behind IFC's "Portlandia" have picked up the option for Lydia Millet's "Mermaids in Paradise." The pair intend to make it into a feature film. "Portlandia" writer-director Jonathan Krisel and writer Graham Wagner are adapting the book, Deadline reports, and Good Universe will executive produce.

MacDowell Colony announces diversity fellowship

latimes.com — The MacDowell Colony's chairman, Michael Chabon, announced a new literary fellowship Monday night designated to bring diverse voices to the artists' retreat. The new Charlotte Sheedy Fellowship is designated for writers "representing populations across racial and cultural boundaries." It is named for literary agent Charlotte Sheedy, whose clients included Audre Lorde and Marilyn French.

Nikki Finke is launching Hollywood fiction website

latimes.com — Nikki Finke, the founder of Hollywood business website Deadline.com, which she parted from in 2013, has turned a new page. She's going to write, and publish, fiction about Hollywood on the new website HollywoodDementia.com. Finke starts out by invoking the names of famed Hollywood fictioneers -- F.

Willa Cather festival returns to tiny Red Cloud, Neb.

latimes.com — In her books, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Willa Cather celebrated the American prairie. Although she ultimately moved to New York, the town of Red Cloud, Neb., where she grew up, was the inspiration for much of her fiction. Red Cloud may have gotten more modern since her family lived there in the late 1800s, but it hasn't gotten any bigger.

'LAPD '53': Snapshots of L.A.'s dark side

latimes.com — If you were a Los Angeles Police Department crime scene photographer, 1953 was a very good year. The Los Angeles Police Museum at first thought it would need decades of photos to create a book, but it soon became clear that 1953 had it all: murder, suicide, sad accidents, kinky deaths, malice, mystery, the bloody hands of a man who'd just beaten his friend to oblivion.
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May 24, 2015

@michaelschaub ha! I'm in LA. But my Joshua Tree cabin is just down the street from a real desert farm suneverfarms.com

May 24, 2015

I was supposed to be tiling all day but I ended up reading by mistake.

May 24, 2015

@guy_mont @Tim_Batt highlight is hard, maybe Maya Rudolph ad libbing? She's much sharper than I'd expected. But the film is SO BAD:

May 24, 2015

@Tim_Batt @guy_mont they made me put away my phone, as per the rules. Now I'm hiding. Geez the movie is awful, but you should write a book.

May 23, 2015

Oh no we've ignored the advice of @Tim_Batt and @guy_mont and are watching GU2. I don't know if there's enough beer in America to help.

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