Veteran biographer A.N. Wilson takes on one of the most popular, prolific and puzzling writers in English literature in “The Mystery of Charles Dickens.”

California Sounds: New music on hit-maker Ricky Reed’s imprint by Daniela Bojorges-Giraldo, who performs as St. Panther, introduces on-the-verge talent

Sara Faith Alterman’s “Let’s Never Talk About This Again” is a memoir about strange family dynamics, love, grief and the benefits of finally opening up.

Pete Hamill, the eloquent voice of his beloved hometown of New York as both newspaper columnist and bestselling author, died Wednesday morning.

Reading in the time of coronavirus

Laurie R. King wanted the 16th novel in her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series to be a distraction from the last few years of turbulence, but she has long used the Holmes pastiche to make social and political churn feel like a great adventure.

The novelist and essayist’s slim new collection, “Intimations,” probes our COVID-19 reality as well as her own gifts, blind spots and vulnerabilities.

Susan Orlean went on a drunken Twitter whirlwind Friday night — or was it real? Here’s what the author tells us about her Twitter escapade.

The 71st National Book Awards ceremony and its preceding events are going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the last three months, 17 writers provided diaries to the Times of their days in isolation, followed by weeks of protest. This is their story.

The literary holiday June 16 celebrates James Joyce’s great conflation of life and art “Ulysses.” This year the global revels — virtual, for the most part — will be more the latter than the former.

With curbside pickup and even some in-store visits available, there’s no reason to buy books at an online mega-store. Here’s a list of locals instead.

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  • In light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Times is postponing the Festival of Books and Food Bowl events,

    The 25th annual Festival of Books will be presented in association with the University of Southern California, on the USC campus, the weekend of Oct. 3-4, 2020.


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