FROM Eliot Schrefer
National Book Awards finalists and popular YA literature The shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced Thursday. Among the finalists for nonfiction is Pulitzer-prize winner and USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, for his book titled, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.” Colson Whitehead made the shortlist for fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad.” Jacqueline Woodson is another finalist in the fiction category, for her novel “Another Brooklyn.” Woodson won the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category in 2014. That’s a genre that’s exploded in popularity since it first became a category for the awards twenty years ago. A lot of YA (young adult) books are incredibly violent and deal with adult issues; so what exactly is YA these days?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.