Books: Thomas McGuane, Walter Mosley and more book news

Hello! This week in books, matters are somewhat silent, and in print, we gave that a webpage to our colleagues in film because of our Academy Awards coverage. I’m Carolyn Kellogg, publications editor, also this week’s newsletter is going to be a rapid one.

Walter Mosley is widely famous for his Easy Rawlins series, with noirs such as “Devil in a Blue Dress” set in south L.A. in the 1940s. However, his thing is a lot wider, even as he reveals in his latest puzzle, “Down on the River Unto the Sea.” Set in contemporary New York and following a disgraced former cop turned private investigator, also it is a compulsively readable tale that deals with racism, false imprisonment and the temptations of corruption, ” writes Steph Chawithin our inspection.

Novelist Walter Mosley. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Last year in the L.A. Times Book Prizes, we given Thomas McGuane the Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement, however, it hasn’t stopped him from composing. His new novel, “Cloudbursts,” is a colossal selection of short stories, nearly 600 pages in all, that stretches from the commencement of his career in the 1960s to eight new stories. It is a “lovely, fundamental new group,” writes reviewer Gabe Habash: “All these 45 career-spanning stories contain more artistry, comedy, eyebrow-raising plot turns and surprising diction than seems possible in one book.” Read all about it.

Writer Thomas McGuane. (Courtesy Thomas McGuane)

For the first time in seven weeks, the nonfiction record is not topped by Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Apparently novel buyers are somewhat tired of politics and everything else serious: Our new No. 1 L.A. Times bestseller in nonfiction is Mark Manson’s wry self-help guide, “The Traditional Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”

And a longtime favourite of Southland readers — for 23 weeks now — is Celeste Ng’s“Little Fires Everywhere,” a riveting novel of two families whose lives lived in a wealthy Cleveland suburb. The book returns to the top spot on our fiction list today, which makes it our No. 1 fiction bestseller again.

Celeste Ng’s latest is “Little Fires Everywhere.” (Kevin Day / The Penguin Press)

We’ve recently looked at a couple of books published 50 years ago; this week, on the anniversary of East L.A. school walkout, The Times takes a deep dive into the information 1968. It was a very challenging year.

Novelist Jennifer Egan (“A Visit in the Goon Squad,” “Manhattan Beach”) was named president of PEN America, that has now completed its unification with west coast PEN to make one big national nonprofit fighting authors’ rights.

And Harper Lee’s will is finally public, as a result of the New York Times. However, the will, signed before Lee expired in 2016, does not answer many questions regarding the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee in 2007. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)


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