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‘Love Is an Ex-Country’ author Randa Jarrar describes detainment in new memoir

Randa Jarrar had intended to visit her sister in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where her sibling teaches music to children, but things didn’t go as planned. The award-winning author of “A Map of Home,” “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali” and the new memoir “Love Is an Ex-Country,” was detained at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, confined within what she refers to as the “Arab room.” After more than two hours of waiting and questioning, which she recounts in vivid detail, Jarrar writes that she was denied en...
Tags: Books, Guantanamo, Israel, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Palestine, West Bank, Muhammad Ali, Southern California, Ramallah, Redlands, Ben Gurion


National Book Award winner Charles Yu discusses his new prize for Taiwanese American writers

In the past, Charles Yu says he occasionally thought about launching a writing prize to encourage young Taiwanese Americans to pursue their creative dreams. “I didn’t know exactly how to go about it, or whether anyone would be interested,” says Yu by phone from his home in Irvine. “But last November, I was lucky enough to win an award,” he says, a modest reference to the National Book Award he won for his latest novel, “Interior Chinatown.” “And I felt that if ever there was a time to use whatev...
Tags: Books, China, Sport, Taiwan, Things To Do, West, Soccer, United States, Columbia University, University Of California, Penguin Random House, Southern California, Yu, Irvine, San Fernando Valley, Redlands


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Feb. 21 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Four Winds: Kristin Hannah 2. The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett 3. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 4. Hamnet: Maggie O’Farrell 5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: V.E. Schwab 6. A Court of Silver Flames:...
Tags: Books, Matthew Mcconaughey, Neil Gaiman, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Paris, Joan Didion, Ursula K Le Guin, Oscar Wilde, Brit Bennett, Pond, Southern California, Douglas Adams


Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and Beat icon, dead at 101

By Janie Har and Hillel Italie | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died. He was 101. Books by Lawrence Ferlinghetti are on displayed in 2019 at City Lights Books in San Francisco. Ferlinghetti died at his San Francisco home Monday, his son Lorenzo Ferlinghetti told The Associated Press Tuesday. The cause was lung disease. His father died “in his own room,” holding the hands of his son...
Tags: Books, Business, Celebrities, News, Interview, California News, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Obituaries, Obituary, Associated Press, Bay Area, Martin Scorsese, Coney Island


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 22-March 1

  Canoga Park Neighborhood Council meets online on Feb. 24. Lanark Recreation Center is in Canoga Park. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment.   North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Find the Zoom meeting link, ID and phone number on the meeting’s agenda to join the meeting. Voice mail, 818-446-6469. ...
Tags: Books, Gardening, California, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Fema, Community, Book Club, Chatsworth, Local News, Voice, Oaxaca, Graham Greene, Home Gardens, Wendy


How this Redlands professor unlocked the mysteries of ‘Harriet the Spy’ and its author

When the children’s novel “Harriet the Spy” arrived in 1964, Leslie Brody was an 11-year-old on Long Island. That was just a short trip to the Upper East Side neighborhood of the fictional 11-year-old spy and writer Harriet M. Welsch. Yet despite their geographic proximity and shared love of tomato sandwiches on white bread, Brody didn’t discover Harriet and the beloved classic by author and illustrator Louise Fitzhugh until 1988 when the writer’s literary estate hired her to adapt the book for ...
Tags: Books, Virginia, New York City, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Village Voice, Manhattan, Upper East Side, Bronx, Memphis, Southern California, Harriet, Wolf, Regina


How national parks, cultural artifacts and the wilds of the West inspired a crime romp

“I wanted to try something I hadn’t seen before, but more than anything I just wanted people to read a crime novel they can have fun with,” says Todd Robert Petersen, referring to his new book, “Picnic in the Ruins” out now from Counterpoint Press.  The book is a romp populated with a cast of eccentric characters and marked by extreme moments of dark humor, delicious irony and bizarre scenes. It all takes place in the surreal red-rock backcountry and small towns of Utah and Arizona, and in na...
Tags: Utah, Books, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Arizona, Shakespeare, Rick Springfield, Zion, Southern California, National Park Service, Petersen, Bryce Canyon, Southern Utah University, San Fernando Valley


Are mushrooms growing under your bed? This book suggests you might want them to

It seems that people are increasingly turning to plants and gardening for consolation, exercise, and exploration during these pandemic times. Worlds of discovery await them. A serious gardener wears many hats: botanist, entomologist, weed scientist, plant pathologist, soil scientist, irrigation specialist. I also believe there is a back-to-the-land desire in all of us, although it may have been diminished by our ever more fervent worship of convenience in the high-tech era. Although its title is...
Tags: Europe, Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, Meyer, Eureka, Valencia, Beaumont, Crowe, Center for Science, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


In The Mail: The Golf Lovers Guide To England

The post In The Mail: The Golf Lovers Guide To England appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog. In the mail this week for review was a copy of The Golf Lovers Guide To England, by Michael Whitehead. The post In The Mail: The Golf Lovers Guide To England appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog - A daily golf blog featuring golf news, golf course, equipment and book reviews, essays, golf lifestyle and musings. Proudly Made In Michigan, America's Summer Golf Capital
Tags: Books, England, Sport, Golf, Michael Whitehead, Michigan America


‘Binti’ novelist Nnedi Okorafor reveals how new book reflects back on the pandemic

In her latest work, “Remote Control,” author Nnedi Okorafor notes the 2020 pandemic in passing, referring to it as a moment in history that’s being recalled years later in a fictional future. The award-winning author of the Binti trilogy, the Akata series and works such as “Lagoon” and “Who Fears Death,” Okorafor was finishing up edits on “Remote Control” during a COVID-19 lockdown. “I had that thing that almost every science fiction writer who is writing something set in the future has to conte...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, Hulu, Ghana, Southern California, Amazon Studios, San Fernando Valley, Fatima, Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor


Tomato growing cheat sheet: Sign up for the Garden Party newsletter

Can’t wait to hop on the pandemic gardening train by planting some tomatoes this spring? Want to know how to grow your favorite tomato varieties even better? The Southern California News Group is putting out a newsletter all about those delicious fruits that are just waiting to be sliced into salads, made into sauce and put in that feta tomato pasta that’s gone viral. Garden Party is a limited run, eight week course-style newsletter to all things tomatoes. Consider it your cheat sheet to growing...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Don, San Fernando Valley, Garden Party, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden, Top Stories Breeze


LA sues Nevada firm over online sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits

LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit Wednesday against Nevada-based Polymer80 for allegedly violating federal and California law by selling “ghost gun” kits online. “Untraceable ghost guns are the emerging weapon of choice for criminals, here in L.A. and around the country. We’re fighting to stem this tide at a time when gun violence is devastating neighborhoods in our city,” Feuer said. “Nobody who could buy a serialized gun and pass a background check would e...
Tags: News, Guns, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nevada, Lapd, Gun Violence, Los Angeles City Council, Compton, Moore, South Los Angeles, Sullivan, ATF


L.A. sues Nevada firm over online sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits

LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit Wednesday against Nevada-based Polymer80 for allegedly violating federal and California law by selling “ghost gun” kits online. “Untraceable ghost guns are the emerging weapon of choice for criminals, here in L.A. and around the country. We’re fighting to stem this tide at a time when gun violence is devastating neighborhoods in our city,” Feuer said. “Nobody who could buy a serialized gun and pass a background check would e...
Tags: News, Guns, California, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nevada, Lapd, Gun Violence, Los Angeles City Council, Compton, Moore, South Los Angeles, Sullivan, ATF


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Feb. 14 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Hamnet: Maggie O’Farrell 2. The Four Winds: Kristin Hannah 3. The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett 4. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 5. Blood Grove: Walter Mosley 6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: V.E. Schwa...
Tags: Books, Barack Obama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Paris, Joan Didion, Mike Nichols, Brit Bennett, Pond, Southern California, Frank Herbert, Kurt Vonnegut, George Saunders


Native American comedy is explored in new book ‘We Had a Little Real Estate Problem’

There’s a joke that comedian Charlie Hill,  the first Native American to do comedy on network television, told on “The Tonight Show” in the 1970s: “I’m Oneida,” Hill said of his tribal affiliation. “My people are from Wisconsin. We used to be from New York. We had a little real estate problem.’ That punchline is now the title of Kliph Nesteroff’s book “We Had a Little Real Estate Problem,” published Feb. 16 from Simon & Schuster, exploring the history of Native Americans and comedy. Nesteroff ...
Tags: Books, New York, Hollywood, Washington, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Williams, Wisconsin, Cleveland, Trump, Department Of The Interior, Hill


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 15-22

  Studio City Branch Library holds book club and other cultural meetings online during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Google Earth)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Los Angeles Police Department Funding Town Hall: NoHo West Neighborhood Council presents the event with area officers discussing funding changes, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Scheduled speakers include: Lt...
Tags: Books, Gardening, Movies, Education, Cancer, James Jones, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, United States, Michelle Obama, Community, Book Club, Local News, Lapd


Why dwarf tomatoes will be a big deal at this year’s Tomatomania

Roving tomato sale Tomatomania will visit multiple Southern California locations this season, beginning with Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar on Feb. 26. There will be fewer stops this year, but sale windows will run longer; and dwarf tomato varieties will get more of the spotlight. Tomatomania will run through at least April in venues in Highland Park, La Cañada Flintridge and Encino, among other locations. Tomatomania include more than 200 different tomato varieties for sale, some of which yo...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Ventura, Roger, Encino, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Home + Garden, Top Stories PSN, Corona Del Mar, Tomatomania, Scott Daigre, Daigre


This Episcopal priest writes of grief and the death of her infant son in ‘The Night Lake’

In 2014, Liz Tichenor was a recently ordained Episcopal priest living in a cabin in a church camp on the shores of Lake Tahoe with her husband Jesse, a camp counselor, and their newborn son, Fritz. On Jan. 24, Fritz, who was just 40 days old, became severely distressed and wouldn’t stop crying. The doctor at the urgent care center examined the baby but couldn’t find anything wrong. Hours later, as his parents lay in bed with the infant, Fritz stopped breathing. Jesse, who taught cardiopulmonary ...
Tags: Books, Grief, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lake Tahoe, Berkeley, Liz, Southern California, Episcopal Church, Jesse, Pleasant Hill, Fritz, Tichenor, Mick Herron, Mary the Mother


Falling in love with the plant specimens at California Botanic Garden in Claremont

Sometimes, it’s love at first sight. I am talking about close encounters with plants you have never seen before and then, suddenly, they make the whole world a much more inviting and compatible place. Just to know they exist makes your heart flutter. Take, for example, the Port Orford cedar. When you first lay eyes on it – as I recently did while strolling through the California Botanic Garden – you will not imagine that such a lush green specimen could possibly be a California native. Yet Calif...
Tags: Gardening, California, Mexico, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Alaska, San Diego, Pacific, Arcadia, Tijuana, San Bernardino, Catalina, Claremont, San Fernando Valley


Why kumquats are inconsistent and help for a sad tangerine tree

Q: The fruit on my Nagami kumquat this year is variable and somewhat bland. Larger fruit have little to no acidity and can even be mealy, while smaller fruit are closer in tartness to previous years. Is this a result of weather? A: Exposure to freezing temperatures can cause icky, mealy citrus fruit. Kumquats are relatively cold tolerant (for a citrus), but if the fruit is exposed to freezing temperatures, the skin can crack and leave you with a dry, mealy, bland crop. The larger fruit contain m...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, Top Stories SGVT, San Fernando Valley Feb


Why Te-Ping Chen’s ‘Land of Big Numbers’ announces a blazing new talent

By Ann Levin A Chinese tech company recently made headlines for its use of “smart” cushions in office chairs to monitor its employees’ workplace performance. It’s the kind of creepy surveillance you’d expect in the dystopian fiction of George Saunders — and now, the blazingly talented newcomer Te-Ping Chen. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Chen is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal who spent several years covering Hong Kong and Beijing for the newspaper. In her debut story collection, “La...
Tags: Hong Kong, Books, China, America, Sport, Beijing, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, Chinese communist party, Wall Street Journal, Southern California, Communist China, Tucson Arizona, George Saunders, Chen


Why Mick Herron’s band of ‘Slow Horses’ spies are more ‘The Office’ than 007

By Jill Lawless Like a spy in the night, writer Mick Herron’s success has been stealthy. It took a while for the world to catch up with him. A decade after he introduced a crew of flawed secret agents caught between sinister plotters and cynical spymasters in the novel “Slow Horses,” Herron is a best-selling, award-winning writer who has been called the heir to master of espionage John le Carré. A seventh novel in his spy series, “Slough House,” is out this week, and a TV adaptation is in produc...
Tags: Apple, Books, London, Sport, European Union, Things To Do, Britain, Soccer, United States, House, Oxford, David Bowie, Diana, Boris Johnson, Associated Press, John Le Carre


These captivating short stories in ‘Wild Swims’ reveal strange, haunted characters

By Ann Levin “Hygge” is the Danish word for a sense of coziness and comfort that is supposedly characteristic of that Scandinavian country. In her latest collection of short stories, “Wild Swims,” the Danish writer Dorthe Nors puts to rest any notion that her compatriots are happier or more content than the rest of us. Indeed, the story titled “Hygge” starts out in a cozy sort of way with a woman making coffee and “one of those chocolate cakes that are soft in the middle.” But it quickly turns d...
Tags: Books, New York, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, Denmark, Copenhagen, Rick Springfield, Southern California, Jutland, Manitoba, San Fernando Valley, Dorthe Nors, Kristin Hannah, Graywolf Press


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Feb. 7 is based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Four Winds: Kristin Hannah 2. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: V.E. Schwab 3. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 4. Hamnet: Maggie O’Farrell 5. Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia 6. The Vanishing Half: Br...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, David Bowie, Joan Didion, Mike Nichols, Rick Springfield, Brit Bennett, Pond, Southern California, Frank Herbert


Why David Bowie’s songs inspire Louis Chude-Sokei’s memoir ‘Floating in a Most Peculiar Way’

Louis Chude-Sokei has described himself as half-Nigerian, half-Jamaican and half-African American. “Bad math, but absolutely accurate,” he says Chude-Sokei, 53, has spent years struggling with his own sense of identity. Raised in Los Angeles, he traces his roots both to Jamaica, where his mother was born and where he spent a chunk of his childhood, and to his father’s homeland of Nigeria.  “I spent so many years trying to be a member of certain kinds of identities but failing or being rejecte...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Nigeria, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, David Bowie, West Africa, Jamaica, Brian Eno, Gabon, Caribbean, Bowie, Tom


Restaurateur Tung Nguyen talks about celebrating Tet in Vietnam and her new book

Her story sounds like the script of a feature film. A young country girl narrowly escapes Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, leaving behind her family, her best friend and all she knows. She finds herself in Florida, an unwed mother with no skills except an uncanny ability to cook. She is taken in by an American grad student named Kathy, and while the two couldn’t be more different in background and personality, they end up founding a successful restaurant and raising a child together. “Mango an...
Tags: Books, Florida, Restaurants, America, Sport, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Vietnam, Saigon, Kathy, Miami Herald, Tung, Lunar New Year, Tung Nguyen


How to get ready for spring gardening

We’re still in wet and chilly February, but time is a sneaky thing — especially during the novel coronavirus pandemic — and soon we’ll be in the increasingly warm weather of March, April and May when people will plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn and other crops. However, late winter is the time to map out your garden, start spring seeds and make sure the soil is rich and full of nutrients for your seedlings when it’s time to put them in the ground. Here’s what you should know before you g...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Parker, Walters, Redlands, Cal Poly Pomona, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Feb. 8-15

  Workers at the soon to be open Chandler Street Tiny Home Village in North Hollywood, CA., Thursday, January 28, 2021. The Chandler Street Tiny Home Village will have 40 homes and 75 beds for the unhoused and be the first tiny home facility to open in Los Angeles County. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrich...
Tags: Google, Cooking, Books, Gardening, Movies, Supreme Court, California, Trees, Los Angeles, Sport, Lunch, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Higher Education, Long Beach


Rick Springfield celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Working Class Dog’ with new film and novel

Rick Springfield can’t wait to get on the road again to play live shows when the coronavirus pandemic fades and concerts are safe again. “We’re all anxious to get out and play again,” he says by phone from his home in Malibu recently. “And I think audiences are desperate to get that communal thing going again, too. Everybody’s missing that.” But while the pandemic forced most live shows to cancel, including the co-headlining dates Springfield had booked with the band Chicago last summer, the mus...
Tags: Books, Music, Germany, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Beverly Hills, Streaming, Rick Springfield, Norwich, Malibu, Valentine, Saban Theatre


Best-selling author Kristin Hannah reveals the unusual journey of ‘The Four Winds’

Kristin Hannah had spent a year researching and writing an early draft of her new novel when she realized she’d gone astray. “The Four Winds” is set in the Texas panhandle as the Depression and the Dust Bowl environmental disaster. In the margins of Hannah’s story as she initially conceived it, there was the character Elsa, a young woman who’d grown up feeling unloved and unworthy, who found meaning as the mother of two young children. “I wrote it for at least a year, and Elsa was kind of a peri...
Tags: Elsa, Books, Hollywood, Texas, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, Katherine Heigl, Kate, West Coast, Marvel Comics



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