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Nov.24.2013
Wanda Coleman, the strong poet, essayist, award-winning TV writer, and peripatetic commentator, has passed away at 67.  This is one of my favorite poems, “Coffee," where she writes about the complicated ethos of a mixed neighborhood. Coffee Steam rises over my noseagainst this night cold...
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Apr.29.2013
The LA TIMES Festival of Books started on a great note. Why? Because of this . . . That's right. We had reserved parking! Like last year, and the year before, the festival was held at my alma mater, USC. From the parking structure, we could see the dorm where I was a...
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Apr.21.2013
  A novel that flopped when it was first released in 1925, this book is nowhere close to out of print.  News reports say it’s the new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio that's driving sales, but as a writer, I’d like to think it’s the writing, particularly the narration.  The...
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Jul.27.2011
 'L.A. Times' Cuts Review Freelancers By Wendy Werris In a move as significant for its breadth as its implications for the future of book coverage, theLos Angeles Times book review laid off all of its freelance book reviewers and columnists on July 21. Susan Salter Reynolds was with the Times for...
kevin-arnold's picture
Jun.01.2011
Janet Fitch, the author of the blockbuster White Oleander and a teacher at USC and The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, approved the publication of this list -- intended for fiction writers but good for many of us -- in its entirety  in the Los Angeles Times:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/...
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May.10.2011
Okay! We last blogged about Mother's Day, which I contend should be extended to a week. So now we return to the LA TIMES Festival of Books! If we thought the first day was jam packed with book stuff, there was much more in store!  The second day kicked off for us with a book signing of our Arthur...
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Dec.09.2010
Before today, authors did not have access to their Nielsen BookScan sales records (which track about 75 percent of print retail sales in the U.S.). BookScan records have preiviously only been available to publishers—at a price. With the tectonic upheavals the publishing indistry’s been experiencing...
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Apr.26.2010
When I first walked into the sea of humanity I was struck: Do this many people still like books? This many people came out in celebration for reading? I felt reassured in spite of all the doomsday predictions that writing is dead...that no one is buying books...that it's all a niche thing nowadays...
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Apr.25.2010
When I first walked into the sea of humanity I was struck: Do this many people still like books? This many people came out in celebration for reading? I felt reassured in spite of all the doomsday predictions that writing is dead…that no one is buying books…that it’s all a niche thing nowadays. If...
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Feb.18.2010
  The future of books rests, it seems, with the new digital realm. Blog posts pop up everywhere lately, as do, ironically, a rising tide of newspaper articles on digital publishing. The latest addition to the digital reader marketplace appeared a week or so ago from Apple with its iPad. It...