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

Tomas Transtromer, Nobel laureate, dies at 83 — Nobel Prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83. According to the Nobel Prize's Twitter account, Transtromer died Thursday. Long one of Sweden's most celebrated poets, Transtromer was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2011, when he was 80.

The Evergreen Review to be rebooted by O/R Books — During its short print life, from 1957-1973, The Evergreen Review published a striking lineup of literary luminaries: Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, William Burroughs, Marguerite Duras, John Rechy, Jean Genet, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Mailer, Amiri Baraka, Henry Miller, Pablo Neruda, Malcolm X , Frank O’Hara, Kenzaburo Oe, Octavio Paz, Terry Southern, Harold Pinter, Susan Sontag, Richard Brautigan, Tom Stoppard, Charles Bukowski, Gunter Grass and Samuel Beckett among them.

New 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' book to arrive in November — In news that sure to bring joy to elementary- and middle-school students across the land, the 10th book in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is to be published Nov. 3. Those who don't get the book right away will have plenty of time to ask for it for Christmas.

Avant-garde &Now literary festival kicks off at CalArts — The &Now literary festival, a biennial celebration of cutting-edge writing and interdisciplinary projects and the discussions that surround them, begins Wednesday at CalArts. From March 25-28, the university will host hundreds of authors working in the literary avant-garde.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' cover revealed — Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" book cover was revealed today by HarperCollins. The much-anticipated novel will hit shelves July 14. The cover design of "Go Set a Watchman" is very much in keeping with the first edition of Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird." The font is close to the 1960 original.

Charles Yu is a Genius (user) in new fiction at Electric Literature — Charles Yu is a fictional Genius. At Electric Literature, he has used the Genius annotation software to expand his story, " Hero Absorbs Major Damage." But he's not explaining where the story came from or adding authorial notes about edits -- he's using Genius to let another character contribute to the narrative, a cranky elf named Fjoork.

Hennesey + Ingalls to close Hollywood store — Hennessey + Ingalls, a bookstore focused on the visual arts, architecture and design, will close its Hollywood location, it announced Tuesday. Its original store, in Santa Monica, will remain open. The store is at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 8.

Oakland's AK Press sustains fire damage — A fire in Oakland that took two lives Sunday night had collateral publishing damage. The warehouse and distribution center of AK Press was burned and suffered smoke and water damage. The fire began around 3 a.m. Sunday in live/work spaces at 669 24th St.

Memoir in demand after Robert Durst's arrest — When she was killed 15 years ago, Susan Berman was a 55-year-old writer struggling to stay relevant. Now, her work is suddenly at a premium. The online price of paperback editions of her memoir, Easy Street , have risen from $10 or less a copy on the morning of March 16 to $50 or more.

Julie Andrews to publish a new memoir — If raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens and Julie Andrews are a few of your favorite things, you're in luck. Andrews, who chronicled her childhood and early stage career in 2008's "Home," is writing another memoir for Hachette Books.
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Mar 29, 2015

@elizmccracken I lived in a 1920s apartment with one. You didn't have to make the bed - you could just fold it messily into the wall.

Mar 29, 2015

Huge applause for @LibraryFoundLA, host @Busyphilipps25 and everyone else who put together tonight's awesome event full of library love.

Mar 28, 2015

Thanks to #bindercon for having me - to moderate the only panel I've ever done standing up.

Mar 27, 2015

@darthriordan classic NY deli cookie. Generally cheap! But not often found in LA.

Mar 27, 2015

@fuggirls You will be able to find me at the Festival of Books because I will be wearing this…

Mar 27, 2015

RT @theames: Modcloth sent an email advertising clothes for festivals, and I legit thought they meant @latimesfob but it was all Coachella bullshit.

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