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First Kirkus Prizes go to Roz Chast, Lily King and Kate Samworth

latimes.com — The first-ever Kirkus Prize winners were announced Thursday in Austin, Texas; each gets $50,000. Roz Chast took the nonfiction prize with her graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant." The fiction prize went to Lily King for her novel "Euphoria." The prize for young readers' literature goes to Kate Samworth, author of "Aviary Wonders Inc."

Anne Rice talks about reviving vampire creations in `Prince Lestat'

latimes.com — When Anne Rice published "Interview With the Vampire" in 1976, she didn't just launch her own vampire series - her sexy tragic vampire antiheroes launched an entirely new genre. The phrase paranormal romance "didn't exist when I wrote the vampire novels in the beginning," Rice says.

Do book prizes matter? One saved Richard Flanagan from the mines

latimes.com — Amid the galas, the wagers, and the lists both short and long, some sceptics ask if book prizes really matter. Do all the fuss and bother actually reach new readers? Can it move the needle in book sales? With Richard Flanagan, it has in spades.

Have you seen 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1' trailer?

latimes.com — Romance and rebellion: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" is coming. The action film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is based on the bestselling, young adult series by Suzanne Collins.

Book festivals on this weekend in Boston, Texas

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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'

latimes.com — 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

latimes.com — 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).
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @Joypress: A superhero born of feminist polygamists: smart @Laura_hudson review of Jill Lepore's fascinating Wonder Woman book lat.ms/1D2tw8Q

Oct 23, 2014

@Joypress only about 1/2 of my subscription ever arrived. A savvy designster must've been working in the Echo Park post office.

Oct 23, 2014

For #tbt: Nest Magazine. Anybody got any old copies they'd like to unload?

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