Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
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 best-seller list, knocking the recently deceased Carrie Fisher's "Princess Diarist" down to No. 2.
“Well, Shakespeare, he’s in the alley “With his pointed shoes and his bells “Speaking to some French girl “Who says she knows me well”
Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times
Books on Woody Allen, Donald Trump, poetry set stage to entertain Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times
Judd Apatow started interviewing comedians 30 years ago, when he was a teen comedy fanatic from Long Island. Armed with a bulky recorder and the media credentials of his high school radio station, Apatow talked with heroes such as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno to discover the keys to the comedy kingdom.
Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times There’s no denying it: Coloring books for adults are not going away. Perhaps you already know about the coloring books craze; you might be one of the 1.4 million people who’s bought Johanna Basford’s “Secret Garden.” Published in 2013, it continues to float among Amazon’s bestselling books — currently it’s at No. 10, two spots ahead of Kim Kardashian’s “Selfish” — and is the online retailer’s most-wished-for book.
Russia removes ‘Maus’ from bookstores Carolyn Kellogg Los Angeles Times Russian law banning Nazi propaganda has succeeded in removing one of the greatest anti-Nazi chronicles from its bookshelves. “Maus,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel by Art Spiegelman, has been withdrawn from Moscow bookstores. In the book, which tells Spiegelman’s family’s story, Jews are portrayed as mice and Germans as cats. Its cover features a mouse couple huddled below a swastika bearing a Hitler/cat emblem. The anti-Nazi propaganda law was passed in December.
It’s been more than a year since Oprah asked her fans to join her in reading a book. On Tuesday she got back into the swing of Book Club 2.0 with a new selection: “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond. “I have never read a book like this before,” Oprah says in her video announcement. “To say that it’s deep doesn’t really describe it.” Here’s more. “Believe me, it’s not easy finding words to describe ‘Ruby,’ because nothing comes close to the experience of reading it,” Oprah writes. “It’s a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of racial injustice and sexual abuse.
“There’s no evidence at this stage that the great books in our culture can be produced through the Internet right now,” says best-selling writer James Patterson.
Every year kids go to school or the library and bring back books that make some parents raise their eyebrows. Such language! Boy wizards! Sexual situations! Underpants! There are formal complaints lodged — more than you might expect in 2014. The American Library Association keeps an annual tally, and rather than hide those books away, it brings their challenges out in the open. This week is Banned Books Week, observed at libraries and bookstores nationwide. They celebrate books that long ago were the focus of legal battles over censorship, like “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H.