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Books: Events for week of Nov. 19

Baton Rouge Sunday, Nov. 19 Author Event: 2 p.m., Barnes Noble, 2590 CitiPlace. Author Andrea Brew will discuss and sign “Twas the Night Before Bayou Classic.” Tuesday, Nov. 21 JCR Book Club: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., EBR Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. The club will discuss “100 Year Old Man Who […]

In New Photo Books, a Strong Sense of Place

Tria Giovan, “Malecón, Gibara” (1993), photograph from “The Cuba Archive” (photo courtesy of Damiani) For anyone with a smartphone, an inundation of photographic images has become an inescapable feature of everyday life. But in the Instagram Age, old-fashioned photo books designed to be lingered over, savored, and revisited have become the visual equivalent of a […]

Books: The National Book Award winners, Alexander Chee on his mentor Kit Reed and more

Hello, readers! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter with some great bookish stories to carry you through Thanksgiving. THE BIG STORY When critic at large Alexander Chee took his first creative writing class from Kit Reed at Wesleyan University more than two decades ago, it introduced him to […]

7 books that will make you smarter in a single plane ride

Grab one, or a few of the books on this list, and get smarter by the time you’ve deplaned.Shutterstock/Romrodphoto Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off from the constant barrage of phone notifications. Why not spend that time getting smarter on […]

Books, robots to be purchased with funds

Andy Barrand abarrandHDN WALDRON — Elementary school students at Waldron Area Schools gathered in the school’s new media center Nov. 10 for a presentation by the Price family. Mel Price and his daughter Mackenzie, presented two $500 checks to two deserving teachers in honor of Tammy Price, his wife and her mother. “It doesn’t […]

The Personal Pursuit Of Collecting Rare Books: Chinese Investors Look To Reclaim Their Heritage

China in Print The Blue map of the world released by Daniel Crouch Rare Books has an estimated price of $4.1 million HKD. What do J. P. Morgan, Johnny Depp and James Bond author Ian Fleming have in common? A fascination with rare books. A voracious collector, Morgan actually spent more than half of his […]

What’s your favorite movie that’s better than the book it’s based on?

Welcome back to AVQA, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d […]

The most enlightening, irritating, daring and disturbing books of 2017 — and the best one, too

(iStock) Tyranny, protest, cynicism, madness, hatred, fate — so, how was your year in reading? The books I’ve read so far in 2017 have seemed to reflect the mood of the times, or maybe just my mood at times. The authors listed here include psychiatrists, novelists, biographers, generals, historians, technologists and philosophers, and their works […]

Andy Weir: By the Book

I tend to avoid fiction that’s too dark or serious or has a political message. For me, fiction is a form of escapism. I want to leave the real world, not sit around and stress about it. Just my personal preference. For the record, my stories are meant to be purely escapist. They have no […]

US Department of Defense books a test flight with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne

The U.S. Department of Defense has booked a prototype flight on Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne to demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s Low Earth Orbit launch service, Virgin Orbit said today. The Space Test Program of the DOD is on the LauncherOne manifest with an expected launch date as soon as January 2019, the company said. […]