Books and Lectures

2 for 1 Tickets to ‘Titans of the Graphic Novel’

April 3, 2010 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel will speak at UCLA Live’s “Titans of the Graphic Novel” event on Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. They will explore the power of graphic novels as a confessional medium.
Pekar’s autobiographical “American Splendor” comics gained a cult following and were adapted into a 2003 feature film with [...]



Five Tips for Los Angeles Culture Lovers

March 22, 2010 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Jeffrey Compton, Executive Editor of a new book called “Arts America: Enjoying the Best Art Museums, Theater, Classical Music, Opera, Jazz, Dance, Film, and Summer Festivals in America,” offers up some tips for Culture Spot readers, both LA residents and visitors.
Los Angeles is a one of the great cultural centers of the United States [...]



The Art of Bookmaking at Narrow Books

February 6, 2010 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures

In the heyday of Kindle and Google Books, print literature often goes the way of the handwritten letter – which is to say, the digital way.  Narrow Books, owned and operated by LA locals Christopher Lepkowski and Mark Dischler, goes the way of literary art.
With bindings and paper to give a stationery enthusiast goosebumps, titles [...]



Neil Gaiman at UCLA Live

February 5, 2010 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures

The film adaptation of his Coraline is Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, his Graveyard Book won 2009’s Newbery Medal, and his bees won him a blue ribbon for honey in the county fair.  Neil Gaiman, ladies and gentlemen, is a talented man.
During his appearance at UCLA Live on Feb. 4, Gaiman assured the audience [...]



R. Crumb and Upcoming Events at UCLA Live

November 2, 2009 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures

What are comics?  The Sunday funnies are one thing; franchised superheroes are certainly another. Between World War II and the rise of television, a pastiche of super-heroism and sexy, gory pulp fiction made the heyday of widely read comics, but the period was quickly censored into obscurity.
R. Crumb, UCLA Live’s most recent literary guest, is [...]



R. Crumb at UCLA Live

October 26, 2009 | By Colleen M. McLellan | Category: Books and Lectures

Literary classics can be given new life with new artwork, and the Bible itself has undergone a re-inking or several to appeal to new, or younger, audiences. “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb,” though – “all 50 chapters!” brags the cover – is not illustrated for kiddie appeal. God’s wrinkled brow and the [...]



Local Literary Ladies

October 21, 2009 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
The Pasadena Museum of California Art kicks off Written in California, its new reading series co-sponsored by Vroman’s Bookstore, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read from “Ms. Hempel Chronicles,” a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. “Ms. Hempel Chronicles” is a novel-in-stories about a seventh-grade English teacher [...]



West Hollywood Book Fair

October 1, 2009 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Leave it to 826LA to come up with a book event as clever as the Dead Author Panel, in which writers like Sylvia Plath and Henry Miller will discuss current issues in literature. That is just one of the hundreds of events scheduled as part of the eighth annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, [...]



Take Local Authors to the Beach

June 3, 2009 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Well, okay, we really mean take books by local authors to the beach, or wherever you do your summer reading. Here are a few quick picks from books written by fellow Angelenos, specifically USC faculty and staff. Admittedly, the non-fiction titles might be a little heavy, but who said summer reading has to be light [...]



Dictionary Man

May 29, 2009 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Books and Lectures

Did you catch any of the Scripps Spelling Bee last night? If you did, you might be feeling that your vocabulary is sorely lacking, let alone your spelling abilities. A 13-year-old won with Laodicean, meaning lukewarm to religion. Try using that one in a sentence this week.
One guy who might have enjoyed the challenge of [...]