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5:16am

Thu July 31, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

George H.W. Bush (left) congratulates his son George W. Bush as the two former presidents attend last year's dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
David J. Phillip AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:00am

Thu July 31, 2014
Arts District

Not The Heroine, She's The Author: Teen Knows YA Market

Author Maya Bode in her "book nook," for writing and reading. It was formerly a closet in her parents basement.
Carrie Saldo

While many kids her age are busy dodging their summer reading assignments, 14-year-old Maya Bode has just wrapped up her second book. Writing her second book, that is.

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7:44am

Wed July 30, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:36am

Tue July 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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2:56am

Tue July 29, 2014
Code Switch

Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

Hall sits in a sunny bay window to write. "My first drafts are always in long hand, on legal pads," she explains. "I love putting pen to paper."
Andre Ellis

Rachel Howzell Hall is easing her big, laurel green Mercedes sedan through the streets of Los Angeles. A slim woman with big eyes, Hall says this Benz is her dream car, the thing she'd planned to buy for herself once she'd become a successful writer, probably around age 50.

But something happened to speed up her schedule.

"When I was 33 years old," Hall says, "I was diagnosed with a rare type of breast cancer. And I was pregnant. And it was terrifying."

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