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?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?