Books

Glendale bookstore owners remember friend Ray Bradbury

There’s a pall over an independent bookstore in Glendale as the couple who owns it mourns the loss of close friend and famed author Ray Bradbury.

Augusten Burroughs’ new book gives advice on how to survive your past

After six memoirs, Burroughs’ next offering, “This Is How,” veers in the direction of a self-help text (without losing Burroughs’ voice, of course).

Ray Bradbury on "Fahrenheit 451"

KPCC's Kitty Felde interviews Ray Bradbury on the occasion of "Fahrenheit 451" being selected for LA's One Book One City event in 2002.

Remember Ray Bradbury; remember summer.

To remember Ray Bradbury is to remember summer. KPCC's John Rabe and Molly Peterson talk about one of their favorite books, Dandelion Wine, which catches magic in a bottle.

Buzz Bissinger reflects on raising his sons in new memoir, 'Father’s Day'

H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of four books — including the New York Times best-seller "Friday Night Lights," which has gone on to become a film and critically acclaimed television show — but his most difficult accomplishment might be raising his twin sons.

A people’s guide to Los Angeles sheds light on less-frequented but important sites in LA

Tourists who come to Los Angeles tend to visit the same places: Venice Beach, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood. The slightly more adventurous might strike out for the Garment District, Topanga Canyon, or the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but what about neighborhoods to the south and east of those attractions? Places like the Los Angeles River? Or ‘the Ink Well’ (a two hundred-square foot beach) and Oakwood (a residential neighborhood) – two of the only Westside locations open to African-Americans during the first few decades of the twentieth century?

‘Lizz Free or die’: we choose Lizz

Lizz Winstead’s introduction to the power of comedy cemented itself in 1984, when her dress got caught in a screen and was pulled up over her head as she hosted an air guitar final in Minneapolis.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' induces cringes and giggles, but still has the ladies talking

The ongoing buzz over the blockbuster erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” has taken the publishing world by surprise and shows no signs of slowing down.

Travel writer Paul Theroux on the clash of ideals and reality in sub-Saharan Africa

If you’ve ever dreamt of dropping everything and moving to an exotic location to start a new life or to find a new purpose, you’ll probably be interested in the story put forth in award-winning author Paul Theroux’s new book “The Lower River.

Seth Greenland's 'The Angry Buddhist' blends murder and politics

This year's election season is already proving to be full of drama and fireworks, but it doesn't measure up to the political drama in Seth Greenland's forthcoming novel, "The Angry Buddhist." Madeleine talks with Greenland about the book.

How bad is hyper-partisanship in the US government?

“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” according to Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, whose new book explains how our existing political system is operating in a state of adversarial culture war that threatens the very fabric of American society.

Will America’s military dogs get a promotion?

Dogs have been stalwart human companions for thousands of years - they share our joys, sorrows, homes and lives, and increasingly, they’ve been following us into battle as well.

The unlikely story of Klimt's 'Lady in Gold'

Anne-Marie O'Connor discusses the long journey of Klimt's masterpiece "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer," the topic of her new book, "The Lady in Gold."

Animal Planet star on cats, addiction, meaning of life

In his new book, LA cat expert Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's 'My Cat from Hell,' credits his success to an impossible to live with cat.

The improbable life and success of pitcher Jim Abbott

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott not only defied the odds of becoming a Major League pitcher but challenged the impossible by throwing a no-hitter.

Has 'institutional Christianity' helped or hurt the U.S.?

Is it religion’s dearth or presence that contributes to the country’s political gridlock? Or could it be possible that the answer is neither of the above?