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You Belong Here: A Conversation with Aditi Khorana and Sara Saedi

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 I MET Sara Saedi and Aditi Khorana in the summer of 2016 when Penguin grouped us together for a reading of our young adult novels in downtown Los Angeles. It’s hard to believe that was only...

LARB Radio Hour: Love and Jealousy with Giulia Sissa

On this Valentine’s week, we celebrate jealousy! Giulia Sissa, Professor of Classics and Political Science at UCLA, joins hosts Eric, Kate, and Medaya to discuss her new book Jealousy: A Forbidden Passion, and elucidate how jealousy, though much maligned, is...

Queer Desires, Queer Disagreements – Los Angeles Review of Books

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 QUEER THEORY, both in the classroom and the public sphere, can seem a bit confusing. Is it about sex or not? some students wonder. The terminology itself requires some history, as with any reclaimed language. When...

How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir? First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.

I read contrived memoirs by presidential candidates. For every “Dreams from My Father,” Barack Obama’s honest, literary portrayal of his biracial upbringing, there were a dozen cautious, formulaic vanity projects by politicians. They had names like “A Time for...

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for February 16th, 2018

Book Riot Deals is sponsored today by Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, available from Grove Press:   Today’s Featured Deals They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera for $1.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image...

Jeff Daniels to Star in Aaron Sorkin Stage Adaptation of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Jeff Daniels has been cast to play Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. According to Deadline, the play has been in the works for at least two years, with the official announcement of...

Literatainment: A Personal Breakthrough – Los Angeles Review of Books

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 FIRST, the setting — It’s a good year, year and a half into my “dissertation,” or maybe it’s two years, three years at the time that this scene begins. Probably it’s impossible to know when or...

The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books: Critical Linking, February 16

Sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio WHAT SECRETS HIDE AMONG THE pages of old books? There might be a lock of George Washington’s hair, the story of an forgotten luminary of American literature, or a centuries-old manuscript full of mystery. We asked Atlas Obscura readers to...

Books for Aquarius Readers (That Aren’t by White Men)

Happy Aquarius season! Goodreads put up a list of 5 books for Aquarius readers and SURPRISE OF ALL SURPRISES, every single book is by a white male. I’m a proud water-bearer, and yeah, 1984 is cool and Aquarius-friendly. But there are...

What Is a Memoir?

Book genres and categories are confusing, to say the least. There are so many with vague definitions and a whole lot of overlap between them that sometimes it can feel almost arbitrary. I’ll be the first to admit that...