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Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón on his latest work

Increasingly, book worms no longer regard authors as belonging to a single country. The internet—and with it, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, et al—has bridged many national gaps in a furious race towards globalization. The subsequent phenomenon has been authors like Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Born in Barcelona, and living in Los Angeles since 1993, the internationally acclaimed [...]

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Mark Moffett’s Adventures Among Ants

Think you know everything there is to know about ants? Think again. Biologist Mark Moffett, “the Indiana Jones of Entomology,” has traveled the globe on a strange and wonderful journey into the hidden world of ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia and California, Moffett uncovers a parallel ant universe rife with warfare, [...]

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Television sells its wares at the Upfronts

Upfront Week is part circus, part dog-and-pony show, and all business as television broadcast networks present their fall shows to advertisers in the hopes of snagging the big money deals. With CBS highlighting five new series, ABC trying hard to fill the void left by “Lost,” and NBC overhauling the 10 o’clock slot once again, [...]

Living for dad

Living for dad

Imagine, as a father, knowing that you won’t be there for your young children. That was the situation contemplated by writer Bruce Feiler when he discovered a life-threatening tumor in his leg. He reached out to six men from his life and formed a "Council of Dads" to help look after his daughters. The book [...]

Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

In a 2007 piece for the Washington Post Thomas Chatterton Williams wrote that, "… middle class blacks concerned with "keeping it real" are engaging in gratuitously self-destructive and violently masochistic behavior." Is hip-hop to blame or is it up to the parents? In his new book, "Losing My Cool" Williams discusses the detrimental aspects of [...]

Some Girls: a memoir of life in a harem

Some Girls: a memoir of life in a harem

As an eighteen year-old NYU theater school dropout, Jillian Lauren answered an audition seeking pretty girls to spice up the parties of a wealthy businessman. Soon after, she was on a plane to Brunei, finding herself in the harem of the Sultan's youngest brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah. While her days were filled with opulent luxury, [...]

Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

Tell – All by Chuck Palahniuk

He is the author of nine best selling novels and has a reputation for causing some to faint at his readings – the one and only Chuck Palahniuk. Is it possible write about career comebacks and cosmetic surgeries with the moxie and pluck that engrained the first rule of Fight Club into the frontal lobe [...]

Growing up amidst the Arab-Israeli conflict

Growing up amidst the Arab-Israeli conflict

In his new memoir Crossing Mandelbaum Gate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird melds his personal history growing up in the Middle East with the political turmoil of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1956 to 1978. As a child he lived through the Suez War of 1956, and later the June 1967 War and the Black September [...]

Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America

Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America

Two-time Booker Prize winning author, Peter Carey is back with a new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America. The book follows Olivier, a character based loosely on Alexis de Tocqueville, and Parrot, the motherless son of an English engraver, as they make their way to and through America. An unlikely friendship is forged between the two [...]

Preserving classic films

Preserving classic films

Larry talks with Roger Mayer, who has spent over 50 years in the film industry, a true pioneer, who has made it his mission to preserve classic films, particularly silent ones. He will also talk with Larry about the Silent Film Gala coming up on May 23rd. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs