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Written by Jan Kline five years ago

LA Times Book Prize Finalists

From Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg’s LA Times Book Blog: The finalists for the 33rd L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday morning — the complete list is below. In addition to the 50 books in 10 categories that are in

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

Attention Jonathan Franzen Fans

It was announced at the New Yorker Festival a couple of days ago that HBO will do an adaptation of Franzen’s The Corrections. Franzen will adapt his novel into a series, and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

From the Moby Book Trailer Awards

Ron Charles accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award:

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Poet and singer/songwriter Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction with this memoir of her life with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Seen through the filter of a few decades, and the loss of Mapplethorpe to AIDS in 1989, it’s

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

I had to wait for weeks for my hold to drift to the top of the queue on this one. Then, halfway through its almost 600 pages, someone else recalled it, and I had to finish it in 3 days.

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

I may have been overhyped on this one a little bit. When the late Frank McCourt reviewed the book for Amazon, he gushed: “Now I worry about Colum McCann. What is he going to do after this blockbuster groundbreaking heartbreaking

Written by Jan Kline eight years ago

LA Times Book Prize, PEN Faulkner nominees announced

The LA Times announced the list of nominees for their annual Book Prizes a couple of days ago. For a complete list of nominees, including links to reviews for some titles, click here. (Here’s my brief review of Blame, one

Written by Jan Kline nine years ago

Me Cheeta: My Life in Hollywood

It didn’t make the shortlist, but Me Cheeta made quite a stir when it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction earlier this year. Speculation swirled about the book’s ghostwriter (Will Self? Martin Amis?), but it turned out

Written by Jan Kline nine years ago


Just learned from LA Times’ book blog Jacket Copy that Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex is being developed as a one-hour drama series for HBO. From Hollywood North Report: “Actor-producer Rita Wilson will executive produce with project writer Donald Margulies,

Written by Jan Kline nine years ago


Gilead, the companion to this novel, won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 2005, as well as the National Book Award. Home was a finalist for the National Book Award. Both novels are set in the same small town in