Books

Dan Rather pulls no punches

Dan Rather served as the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, and the divorce wasn’t pretty.

Celebrated Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes dies at 83

Fuentes was one of the premiere and most prolific authors in the Spanish language. Along with his contemporaries, Fuentes shone a global spotlight on Latin American culture.

LA Spanish-language book fair begins

Organizers of Latin America’s largest Spanish-language book fair in Guadalajara open a 200-exhibitor fair in Los Angeles through Sunday.

A letter from mother to daughter about language, love, and identity

As part of a contest for the Lea LA Spanish-language book festival taking place this weekend, a mother writes to her infant daughter about why it's important for her to pass along her language and her culture.

Joel Stein on being a man

Journalist and humorist Joel Stein talks to KPCC about his newly-published book about trying – really hard – to become a man.

The Presidents Club: Inside the world's most exclusive fraternity

Skull and Bones, Freemasons, Bohemian Grove, the California Club—you hear that this or that is the world’s most exclusive club. This one really is.

Seth Grahame-Smith's new novel retells Jesus' birth

Seth Grahame-Smith is a best-selling author and screenwriter. In his books, he takes historical figures or works of classic literature and mashes them up with zombies and vampires. Now, he's releasing a a new novel, titled "Unholy Night." It re-imagines the birth of Jesus Christ from the point-of-view of the Three Wise Men ... as an action movie.

Listen to this playlist and call me in the morning

Sony’s Walkman and Apple’s iPod are the two most famous gadgets that put a person’s record collection in their pocket, allowing us to walk around with our own personal life soundtrack.

‘Sacré Bleu’! Portrait of an artist, his girlfriend, van Gogh and paintings … gone

New York Times bestselling writer Christopher Moore, author of 11 novels, returns with a tale of love, mystery and art in his new book “Sacré Bleu,” translated from French to English as “sacred blue.

200 years later, tributes to the beloved Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Grimm Brothers published their famed book of fairy tales 200 years ago, which included classics like Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The Los Angeles Public Library is celebrating the book with a new exhibit at the Central Library downtown.

Over the Alps and behind the scenes with the 'Sound of Music' children

In 1964, director Robert Wise created a family that the whole world fell in love with – the von Trapps.

Previewing the LA Times Festival of Books

The LA Times Festival of Books comes to USC this weekend. Madeleine talks with book critic and Libros Schmibros founder David Kipen about what to expect from the 'Coachella of books.'

Is monogamy for everyone?

Love, men and cheating

How should Hollywood be remembered?

The world of film is synonymous with the city of Los Angeles and the narrative the industry creates informs the reputation of the city itself.

Anne Lamott digs into her new experience as a grandparent

Anne Lamott joins the show to talk about "Some Assembly Required," a new memoir that reveals her struggles of being a grandparent for the first time.

Trekking the Pacific Crest Trail

Cheryl Strayed was 26 years old. She was undone by a series of setbacks: her mother’s death, the break-up of her marriage, and the fragmenting of her family.