Books

Free Comic Book Day: 'Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes'

Adilifu Nama's new book "Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes" explores racial identity by looking at black superheroes in comics, film and television.

Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli reorganizes everyday life in 'The Art of the Clean Up'

The artist's latest work, "The Art of Clean-Up, Life Made Neat and Tidy," reorders and reorganizes items of every day life.

Nia Vardalos on becoming an 'Instant Mom' through adoption

Being a parent is never easy, but for many it can be overwhelming, especially when it happens almost overnight. Actress Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, chronicles her path to parenthood in her new book, "Instant Mom.

The best Earth Day books for kids

Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert is here to share some great green selections.

Billy Ray Cyrus and his Hillbilly Heart at Live Talks LA Wednesday

Help us interview country star Billy Ray Cyrus (father of you-know-who) about his life, music, and memoir "Hillbilly Heart."

Shelby Smoak's memoir 'Bleeder' explores life after an HIV diagnosis

Author Shelby Smoak was born with hemophilia. When he was 11, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, but didn't find out about his disease until when he was 18. His new memoir, "Bleeder," begins at this point in his life.

Ben Katchor's wry 'Hand-Drying in America' looks at the little things that tell the story of old American cities

"This concentration on these minute details is not just to be willfully obscure. It's like a scientist looking at the molecular structure of things. If you really want to see how things work, you have to go down to the small scale."

Pacific Asia Museum reading series features trickster tales

The Pacific Asia Museum's monthly Silk Road Storytime program will feature a series of trickster tales this week, in keeping with the week's April Fools theme.

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Chinua Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident who gave literary birth to modern Africa with "Things Fall Apart," has died. He was 82.

Pay-what-you-want comic 'The Private Eye' looks at LA in 2076

“The Private Eye” is a new comic book from two of the most acclaimed writers in comics. And it’s available online, DRM-free, in multiple formats, for whatever you want to pay.

Comic spoiler warning: Something bad happens to Robin

DC Comics spoiled this week’s Batman Incorporated #8 in a New York Post article Monday morning. The comic hits the stands Wednesday. What's going to happen?

Off-Ramp visits LA's 'Little Library of Alexandria'

At the Philosophical Research Society there's a plaque that reads, "Dedicated to the truth seekers of all time." Off-Ramp visits LA's own arcane library.

Younger, scarier Ray Bradbury in Arkham House

Everyone knows about Ray Bradbury the Sci-Fi writer, but he also wrote some great horror stories.

PHOTOS: Re-enactor uses old camera to make Civil War-era images (slideshow)

"It's a way for them to get away from the 21st Century. Get away from cell phones, get away from their jobs. And it's a rude awakening when they do have to go back home."

Lawrence Wright’s 'Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief'

Author Lawrence Wright's controversial new book on Scientology cites unflattering, even frightening, accounts of the control the church over its members. Scientology officials respond by saying his book is filled with errors and call him bigoted. How does Wright react?

Jane Austen's classic novel 'Pride & Prejudice' turns 200

Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" turns 200 today. What makes this piece of literature still relevant two centuries since its first publication?