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.'
Love, men and cheating
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 joins the show to talk about "Some Assembly Required," a new memoir that reveals her struggles of being a grandparent for the first time.
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.
Los Angeles has played host to many writers over the years, and the new “Literary Los Angeles: A Road Guide” celebrates this history in poster form.
Pottermore is open, and its first push is the Harry Potter e-books themselves, self-published by Rowling and distributed via Silicon Valley's finest. Except for one.
Daniel Suelo lives without money. Back in 2000, he left his remaining dollars in a phone booth. Madeleine Brand talks with Suelo and Mark Sundeen, who wrote about Suelo's life in a new book.
We got eight copies of the same book. How much did it cost to ship them? To print them? And how many copies did other news outlets get? Does it actually work?
In the 1960’s dialect scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison decided it was time to put together an exhaustive compendium of American colloquialisms.
When, at age sixteen, Jeanette Winterson left home because she was in love with a woman, her adoptive mother asked her, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”
Jorja Leap has transformed hours of orals histories and interviews with gang members, interventionists, police officers, parents and victims into an ethnography of gang culture in Los Angeles.
Author Jonathan Safran Foer joins the show to talk with Madeleine Brand about his latest publication, "The New American Haggadah."
Comedian Michael Ian Black joins the show to discuss his new book about the miseries of raising children and how the band Creed changed his life.
Our habits say a lot about us, and knowing how people go about their daily lives can prove to be useful information.
Josh Bearman tells the story of the Baghdad Country Club, a place where people could relax with a beer during the bloodiest years of the Iraq insurgency.