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A visit to the Floating Library in Echo Park Lake

latimes.com — On this sunny Friday, unseasonably gorgeous even for Los Angeles, I headed to Echo Park Lake to visit the new Floating Library. You don't need a card to borrow books from the Floating Library, but you do have to reach it. You can only get there by boat -- a pedal boat, specifically, which luckily...

Better read Saul: A first look at Saul Goodman's new book

latimes.com — Ever since Saul Goodman made his first appearance in "Breaking Bad," via the comedic actor Bob Odenkirk , he's been bigger than life. As the mini-mall attorney who helped Heisenberg/Walter White ( Bryan Cranston ) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) launder their drug money, he was so compelling that he got his own show.
Feb 12, 2016

So you guys know that book I've been talking about? Here goes: latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @jaredbkeller: Three cheers for Maxim contributing ed. @SteveHuff, the author of Saul Goodman's new book on avoiding jailtime latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @BrendanDeneen: Congrats to @SteveHuff for writing an amazing book (w/the help of Saul Goodman, of course)! @BetterCallSaul @AMC_TV latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @Billyjensen: My buddy @SteveHuff sat down with Saul Goodman to help you stay out of jail. latimes.com/books/jacketco…

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What do Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello and Keith Richards have in common?

latimes.com — Memoirs, memoirs, memoirs. Add Grace Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Lita Ford, John Fogerty and more. You can't shake a stick at the pop charts of the '70s and '80s these days without a pile of memoirists tumbling out. On Thursday, Simon & Schuster announced that Bruce Springsteen will publish a memoir...

Jackie Collins' home may soon be for sale (and it won't be cheap)

latimes.com — As is appropriate for a woman whose novels were set in the luxurious bedrooms (and yachts and hotel suites and limousines and offices) of Hollywood's elite, Jackie Collins' house is slated to go on the market for, the Wall Street Journal reports, a whopping $30 million.

With 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray, as usual, refuses to be nailed down

latimes.com — In "The Lost Time Accidents," John Wray combines literary fiction and far-out scientific theory for a narrative of a lovelorn exile from time. The book sounds a little like Kurt Vonnegut and nothing like John Wray. Which is sort of a problem. These days, writers have brands. Nicholas Sparks pens love stories.

Is Amazon planning to open hundreds of bricks-and-mortar bookstores?

latimes.com — Is Amazon, the online retailer credited with the downfall of the U.S. bricks-and-mortar bookstore, really going to open hundreds of bricks-and-mortar bookstores? That idea took off after General Growth Properties Chief Executive Sandeep Mathrani told analysts and investors Tuesday: "You've got Amazon opening bricks-and-mortar bookstores, and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores."

Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores?

latimes.com — When you ask Amazon, they will simply reply "no comment" to the rumors that they're planning to open 300 to 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores. But is that because it's not true or because the company isn't ready to let the cat out of the bag?
Feb 03, 2016

RT @latimes: Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of physical bookstores? The irony is lost on no one: lat.ms/1PhxyRo pic.twitter.com/ghauakrMGQ

Feb 03, 2016

RT @latimesbooks: Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores? lat.ms/1TDG1Uk

Feb 03, 2016

RT @latimes: Is Amazon really going to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores? lat.ms/1PhxyRo pic.twitter.com/LmRAiBfxLX

McNuggets with a side of 'Paddington': McDonald's serves books in Happy Meals for 2016

latimes.com — Would you like fries with that children's book? From Tuesday through Feb. 15, people ordering Happy Meals at McDonald's will get a book as their prize. More than 17 million books will be distributed this way. The Happy Meals will contain one of four books, including the classic "Paddington" by Michael Bond and illustrated by R.
Feb 02, 2016

RT @latimes: McNuggets with a side of “Paddington”: McDonald's is serving books in its Happy Meals until Feb. 15 lat.ms/1PdBuSY

Feb 02, 2016

McNuggets with a side of 'Paddington' >> McDonald's serves books in Happy Meals: ow.ly/XRAaU pic.twitter.com/kLk8KctQ5q

Feb 03, 2016

Hmmm. McD's in the U.S. are serving books with happy meals... latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Feb 03, 2016

McDonald's serves books in Happy Meals for 2016- McNuggets with a side of 'Paddington' latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Feb 03, 2016

McDonald's is giving books out in its Happy Meals. I may have to get one latimes.com/books/jacketco…

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Malibu's Bank of Books to close in April

latimes.com — Malibu's Bank of Books announced its closure in an email to supporters and customers Monday. The independent bookstore, which opened in July 2012, will close its doors in April. "I have always thought of Bank of Books Malibu, with our 1200 feet of retail space in a town of just 13,000 souls, as...

Book Critics award finalists include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Paul Beatty, Mary Beard, more

thestate.com — The board of the National Book Critics Circle - on which I sit - met Saturday in New York to select the finalists for our 2015 awards. Monday we announced that five finalists have been chosen in six categories: Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.
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Feb 11, 2016

Current status. I speak after 2 authors and a singer doing My Funny Valentine. pic.twitter.com/yRpmRgUXMP

Feb 11, 2016

@atticalocke I've missed that part of the conversation so will pipe the heck down and catch up (after fighting Obamatraffic).

Feb 11, 2016

RT @kbiegel: You wanna know what's up with the youth of today? You go to millennial expert Morley Winograd pic.twitter.com/32J7XXHCqE

Feb 11, 2016

.@ioannaonline there are so many! The only way I can fit them all here is via the anthology Writing Los Angeles edited by @davidulin

Feb 11, 2016

@Author_Arnie publishing is an ecosystem & new authors can enter it in a variety of ways. Reviews aren't necessarily the first step.

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