Articles by Rachel Hurn

December 18, 2011

Why America Needs Indies 0

Farhad Manjoo thinks corner bookstores are simply comfy and quaint. According to a response by The Christian Science Monitor, he couldn’t be more wrong.

December 17, 2011

Raising L.A.’s Literary Profile 0

Wednesday night at the Hammer Museum, the editors of the new Los Angeles Review of Books explained how their new web-only book review will raise L.A.’s literary profile.

December 17, 2011

Praising Penelope 1

Biographer and novelist Penelope Fitzgerald of the Booker Prized novel Offshore, was born on this day in 1916. Ranked twenty-third on the London Times 2008 list of “Britain’s Fifty Greatest Writers Since WWII,” Fitzgerald didn’t begin her twenty-year writing career until age fifty-eight. Can we say Post-40 Bloomer?

December 15, 2011

Most Overrated Books 2

The Most Overrated Books of 2011 according to NY Daily News, and Steve Jobs is included?

December 15, 2011

Winter Reads: The Little House Books 0

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books bring an icy take on America in winter. To Guardian reader Alison Gibbsme, “as a child, they were full of adventure and excitement; as an adult I am shocked at how full of danger they are.”

December 15, 2011

Steve Jobs Goes Graphic 0

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been immortalized in books, documentaries, and TV specials, with rumors that his story might eventually make its way to the big screen. Now you can add graphic novel to that list; on Tuesday PC Magazine noted the release of The Zen of Steve Jobs.

December 15, 2011

Russell Hoban Dies at 86 0

Russell Hoban, a prolific author who created Frances, a girl who appeared in the guise of a badger in seven books for children (Bedtime was always my favorite), died on Tuesday in London. He was 86.

December 6, 2011

Margaret Cho’s Advice 0

Margaret Cho’s advice for “hacking it?” Write what you think is funny, not what you think people will like.

December 6, 2011

Royal Books Returned 0

A container filled with some 1,200 books–Royal books of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910)–was returned to Korea from Japan, today, marking the completion of a mission that kicked off in 2006 to retrieve cultural heritages looted during colonial rule.

December 6, 2011

Alice Oswald Protests Prize 0

Award-winning poet Alice Oswald has pulled out of prestigious poetry award the TS Eliot prize in protest over its sponsorship by an investment company. Oswald’s words: “I think poetry should be questioning not endorsing such institutions.”