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

Would you pay $5,000 (or $10,000) for a Rolling Stones book? — Yes, it's true. A very big-ticket Rolling Stones book is being published just in time for the holidays. Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of " Rolling Stones," which officially goes on sale in December.

'Olive Kitteridge' comes to HBO this weekend — "Olive Kitteridge," a new miniseries based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, will premiere on HBO Nov. 1. Strout's collection of linked short stories set in a small Maine town won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. The drama -- alternately, " traumedy" -- stars Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Peter Mullan and Zoe Kazan.

Michelle Meyering named new executive director of PEN Center USA — PEN Center USA, one of Southern California's leading literary nonprofits, has named Michelle Meyering as its new executive director. Meyering officially moves into her new role Nov. 1 from her current position as director of programs and events, where she has been a particularly energetic and engaged member of the Los Angeles literary community.

Library of Congress presents 'Mark Twain's America' — Mark Twain is considered by some to be one of America's earliest celebrities - those book tours! the signature white suits! - and his legacy as a writer has proved to be one of the country's most lasting. His books are still read in school and out.

Lost Malcolm Lowry book In Ballast to the White Sea published for the first time — Malcolm Lowry was living on the coast of British Columbia in 1944 when his cabin caught fire and burned to the ground -- very bad news for a writer. While attempting to rescue his manuscripts, Lowry was burned by a falling log.

Megan Fox, Seth Rogen join James Franco in 'Zeroville' — As James Franco has Instagrammed, he's at work on "Zeroville," the film adaptation of the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson. Now Megan Fox , Seth Rogen , Danny McBride , Horatio Sanz , Dave Franco, Craig Robinson and Joey King have joined the cast, Deadline reports .

LeVar Burton reads 'Go the ... to Sleep' for charity (on video) — "Reading Rainbow," reading blue. LeVar Burton knows how to read to kids. As creator and host of "Reading Rainbow," the PBS television series turned app turned wildly popular Kickstarter project, he's been making reading to kids entertaining since 1983. He turned that skill inside out this weekend by reading "Go the ...

Tips from Amtrak's first Writer-in-Residence, Bill Willingham — Bill Willingham, Amtrak's first writer in residence, has taken his train tour and has advice for the authors who will follow in his tracks. Amtrak put together its writer-in-residence program in early 2014 after a casual wish by Alexander Chee turned into an enthusiastic ad-hoc campaign on Twitter.

To write and die in L.A. — To pay tribute to London's literary dead, tourists go to Highgate Cemetery. In Paris, it's Père Lachaise. But in Los Angeles, boot up the GPS - our writerly dead authors are buried all over town, befitting L.A. sprawl. Down in Rancho Palos Verdes, poet Charles Bukowski is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park, the wry motto "Don't try" engraved on his marker.

First Kirkus Prizes go to Roz Chast, Lily King and Kate Samworth — 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."
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Oct 30, 2014

Oh no, please no best books of the year lists before Halloween! (That includes releasing it on Halloween, @PublishersWkly )

Oct 29, 2014

RT @CurbedLA: Hey, we're looking for one or maybe even two amazing new Curbed LA bloggers--is that you?…

Oct 29, 2014

I will never understand people who work in open plan offices and have their volume only set to YELL.

Oct 29, 2014

Congratulations to Michelle Meyering new executive director of LA's PEN…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @meaghano: If you are not from NYC and not a writer (but still a good writer? idk), please pitch us things for The Billfold!

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