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  1. Argentian star Samanta Schweblin's destabilizing English debut, 'Fever Dream'

    01.20 / 15:09 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Over the last two decades, Argentina’s rural communities have reported skyrocketing rates of birth abnormalities, miscarriages and cancer. In the same period, genetically modified soy has blanketed the region, helped along by copious pesticides. GM soy arrived in Argentina in 1996 and ac…
  2. Skipping the inauguration on TV? Here are 10 other things to do

    01.20 / 01:52 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Elton John isn’t going. Moby declined. Dozens of Democrats, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. And now, legions of home viewers are following suit, boycotting the Friday event by changing the channel on their televisions or simply tur…
  3. Ottessa Moshfegh's short story collection 'Homesick for Another World' wades into the ugliness of people

    01.19 / 15:22 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    “Homesick for Another World” Ottessa Moshfegh Penguin Press: 304 pp., $26 That sound you hear? Packs of barking dogs, screaming sirens echoing through the hallowed halls of the literary patriarchy? That’s Ottessa Moshfegh and her debut collection of stories, “Homesick for Another World” setting…
  4. Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

    01.18 / 15:19 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    The next time you’re stuck in gridlock on the 405 listening to an audiobook, squint past the guard rails and mini malls:  There’s a chance that book was recorded mere exits away. Behind a wrought-iron gate in a residential area of Northridge, Deyan Audio Services sits on what looks like a coun…
  5. National Book Critics Circle announces finalists, but misses one of the biggest novels of 2016

    01.17 / 11:14 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    The National Book Critics Circle selected the finalists in six categories and announced three other prizewinners Tuesday, but managed to miss one of the biggest books of 2016. “The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead has already won the National Book Award for fiction and been an Oprah p…
  6. Dave Dutton, longtime L.A. bookstore owner, has died

    01.13 / 17:41 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Dave Dutton, the longtime owner of Dutton’s Books in North Hollywood, died at home Friday, his son told The Times. He had been afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. The bookstore, which closed in 2006, operated on Laurel Canyon Boulevard for 45 years. “We carry anything that is interesting and tied…
  7. In 'Transit,' Rachel Cusk continues to slyly blur the lines that surround fiction

    01.12 / 19:05 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    If listening is an art, then the narrator of Rachel Cusk’s new novel, “Transit,” is a virtuoso.  Faye, a writer, has recently returned to London with her two sons following a divorce. As she goes about rebooting her life, she listens to contractors, builders, old boyfriends, cousins, hairdr…
  8. Han Kang's 'Human Acts' is a fractured fictional reckoning with the Gwangju massacre

    01.12 / 17:43 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    South Korea is such a prosperous democratic republic that it’s easy to forget that the country was under military dictatorship as recently as 1987. Easy, at least, from the outside — in South Korea, everyone over 30 has lived through authoritarian rule, which might explain why millions have turne…
  9. Zadie Smith, in Los Angeles, says 'I am a voyeur'

    01.11 / 14:04 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    “As a writer, I am stealing continually,”  Zadie Smith said. “I would use the word voyeurism. I am a voyeur. I want to know.” Smith was onstage at the sold-out Colburn School of performing arts in Los Angeles on Monday night, wearing a crimson red head wrap and matching lipstick. She possesses…
  10. Poet stumped by standardized test questions about her own poem

    01.09 / 20:22 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Poet Sara Holbrook, who often writes humorous verse for kids, had some harsh words for the Texas Education Agency after she discovered she couldn't answer questions about poems on the its standardized tests — poems she herself wrote. In an essay for the Huffington Post, Holbrook wrote that she…
  11. Bad news for the Strand? Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Manhattan

    01.09 / 15:40 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Amazon, the online retail giant, is set to open a 4,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar bookstore smack in the middle of Manhattan this spring. Located in the Time Warner Center, Amazon joins brands like Swarovski, H&M and Whole Foods occupying storefronts in the Columbus Center shopping mall.  Al…
  12. Milo Yiannopoulos' problematic book deal is publishing business as usual

    01.04 / 20:11 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Less than 24 hours after Milo Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book was announced, pre-orders for the controversial young conservative’s “Dangerous” propelled it to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, knocking the recently deceased Carrie Fisher’s “Princess Diarist” down to No. 2. “I think he has a much…
  13. John Hodgman will tell the truth in a new book, 'Vacationland'

    01.04 / 17:30 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    John Hodgman, the actor and humorist known for his three almanacs of made-up facts, will be telling the truth in his next book. Viking will publish "Vacationland," the writer's first book of nonfiction, this fall. The essay collection will be an "expansion" of Hodgman's comedy tour of the …
  14. Cathy O'Neil, author of 'Weapons of Math Destruction,' on the dark side of big data

    01.04 / 13:28 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Cathy O’Neil calls herself a data skeptic. A former hedge fund analyst with a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University, the Occupy Wall Street activist left finance after witnessing the damage wrought by faulty math in the wake of the housing crash. In her latest book, “Weapons of Math Destr…
  15. Too sexy for school? Virginia bill would require 'sexually explicit' books be flagged for parents

    01.03 / 19:40 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Virginia won't be for lovers anymore if the state's Board of Education moves forward with a proposal that would require schools to notify students' parents about "sexually explicit" texts assigned in classes, the Washington Post reports. The Board of Education's proposed rules would force…
  16. After Carrie Fisher's death, her books are flying off shelves

    12.28 / 19:19 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Books by Carrie Fisher, the legendary actress and writer who died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 60, are flying off shelves. By Wednesday morning, her memoir “The Princess Diarist” was the top-selling book on Amazon. "The Princess Diarist," released in November, includes her 1976 diaries from shoo…
  17. In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster

    12.28 / 18:39 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    This year, publishing needs a hit. Not that 2016 was bad; it was fine. Books sales basically held steady — down a little here, up some there — for the most recent period for which we have numbers, from January to July. Although the Assn. of American Publishers wants to crow about the fact that…
  18. Carrie Fisher the writer: Witty and vulnerable, she took us to the edge of our comfort zone

    12.28 / 00:11 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    Out on the Internet, along with the many heart-touching tributes to Carrie Fisher, photographs of her as Leia Organa, either as princess (the original trilogy) or general (from “The Force Awakens”) and with her beloved French bulldog Gary, there’s another picture, originally placed there by cinem…
  19. President Obama plans to write a book once he leaves the Oval Office

    12.27 / 18:29 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    President Obama confirmed what many political and literary observers have long assumed: After he leaves office, he'll be writing a book. In a CNN interview with David Axelrod, his former campaign strategist and senior advisor, Obama revealed he plans to restart his literary career after …
  20. When Native Americans were arms dealers: A history revealed in 'Thundersticks'

    12.23 / 14:07 latimes.com LATimes-Books
    In the years after the American Revolution, Seminole Indians built an arsenal of weapons acquired from Cuban and British traders that allowed them to defend their lands as an alternate and well-armed Underground Railroad in what was then Spanish-controlled Florida. To the horror of Deep South…