Books

Los Angeles artist creates tiny, evocative worlds in '420 Characters'

German Shepherd dogs cut into the shape of nimble birds, men with squid and moose heads – welcome to the world of artist Lou Beach. Now, the collagist and long-time illustrator transfers his surrealist imagery into literature. Beach's first published fiction, "420 Characters," presents a series of personal Facebook status updates, pithy shorts that follow fantastical plot lines and quirky characters.

'LA Blueswoman' poet Coleman takes on life in SoCal in new book

For the last 40 years, Los Angeles-based poet Wanda Coleman has written about the L.A. she loves — and hates. The University of Pittsburgh Press has just published her 19th book, looking at her life in Southern California.

Big LeaLA Spanish-language book fair in LA this weekend

Organizers of the prestigious Guadalajara International Book Fair raise their tent at the Los Angeles Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday for the first time. The book fair will feature author talks and booths filled with novels, children’s books and self-help titles from the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest publishers.

LA writer Charles Bukowski’s San Pedro home may become a museum

The Huntington Library is wrapping up a colorful exhibit about the late L.A. writer Charles Bukowski. The library is the permanent home of his manuscripts and artwork. Bukowski’s San Pedro home may become a living literary archive to the hard drinking, hard-living poet.

Mystery writer Joe Gores dies at 79 in California

Mystery writer Joe Gores - a former San Francisco private investigator whose books include "Hammett," "Come Morning" and "Spade & Archer" - has died at age 79.

Series of events honoring author Ray Bradbury begins today

A weeklong series of events paying tribute to author Ray Bradbury in connection with his 90th birthday begins tonight with a staged reading of "The Better Part of Wisdom" at the Writers Guild of America, West headquarters in the Fairfax District.