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Ferguson public library receives flood of donations after rioting

kansas.com — The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has been flooded with donations since Monday night's rioting, librarian Scott Bonner told the L.A. Times. "We were surprised," he said by phone Tuesday.

Ferguson public library receives flood of donations after rioting

sacbee.com — The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has been flooded with donations since Monday night's rioting, librarian Scott Bonner told the L.A. Times. "We were surprised," he said by phone Tuesday.

Ferguson public library receives flood of donations after rioting

miamiherald.com — The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has been flooded with donations since Monday night's rioting, librarian Scott Bonner told the L.A. Times. "We were surprised," he said by phone Tuesday.

Ferguson Library receives flood of donations after rioting

latimes.com — The Ferguson Municipal Public Library has been flooded with donations since Monday night's rioting, librarian Scott Bonner told the L.A. Times. "We were surprised," he said by phone Tuesday. Although schools in the town of Ferguson, Mo., were shut after destruction followed news that a grand jury would not indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, the library stayed open Tuesday.

Billionaire Sam Zell to write memoir, 'Gravedancer'

latimes.com — Billionaire Sam Zell, former owner of the L.A. Times' former parent company, Tribune, who saw his purchase of the company drive it to bankruptcy, is writing a memoir to be titled "Gravedancer." Zell dubbed himself "grave dancer" more than 20 years ago for the kind of business deals he did.

The crazy, beautiful, idiosyncratic bookstores of Los Angeles

latimes.com — Los Angeles has glorious beaches, stunning cityscapes and more than its share of highly photogenic human beings. And though it may not be known for its bookstores, they too are out of this world. Some are extraordinary and unusual. Others are humble or handsome. One has a tree growing in its center.

'Fifty Shades of Grey's' breathless new trailer

latimes.com — The bestselling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has taken another step toward its screen debut with a second full-length trailer. It features a breathless Anastasia, a brooding Christian and a lot of smoldering looks. And a few, safe-for-work-but-just-barely shots of stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson getting intimate.

Lerner’s latest offers elegant detours

mystatesman.com — It is a rare skill, crafting prose that reads like stream of consciousness, and Ben Lerner has it. He's as smooth as W.G. Sebald, witnessing the world go by, detouring into elegant loops of memory and self-doubt, then returning.

Ebola victim's fiance lands book deal

latimes.com — Thomas Eric Duncan was the first victim of Ebola to die in America. Feeling unwell, the Liberian immigrant went to a Dallas hospital that at first sent him away with antibiotics. After Duncan returned, he was diagnosed with Ebola but did not survive.

Hachette and Amazon reach e-book deal after 6-month dispute

latimes.com — Hachette and Amazon have reached a deal over e-books and print sales, the two companies announced Thursday. They have been locked in an unusually public dispute over pricing since May. While the new e-book terms will not take effect until early 2015, the settlement was reached in time for Hachette books to return to Amazon's digital shelves in time for the Christmas shopping season.
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Nov 25, 2014

3,000 people give tens of thousands of dollars to support Ferguson's public library latimes.com/books/jacketco…

Nov 25, 2014

huzzah, a new book from @atticalocke is on the way! But you all will have to wait until April, sorry.

Nov 25, 2014

Far right, meet the far left. MT @arogDC Rand Paul will introduce a bill on police demilitarization ti.me/1trKzvP

Nov 24, 2014

RT @mat_johnson: Writers Under 35: PEN is giving away $10,000 to one of you. pen.org/content/penfus… Writers Over 35: You get nothing but I totally dig you.

Nov 23, 2014

A priest and an American walk into a bar in Dubai ... I don't have a punchline, but I did just see it happen.

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