Kids’ Book Corner: Timeless Books for Babies

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BY JO PERRY Back to school for the big kids means that you’ll have more time to spend with the babies in your life. And no time is more important than story time. If The Poky Little Puppy rings a bell you’ll be happy to know that the adored and … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Summer Afternoon Reading

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BY JO PERRY "Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James Studies have established that children will maintain their reading skills, even strengthen them, if they read five books or … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Celebrate Children

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BY JO PERRY Childhood is a time of joy and freedom, but also anxiety and courage. The three books I’ve chosen, though very different in tone and purpose, remind kids how important and wonderful they are. David Smith’s This Child, Every Child: A … [Read more...]

Local resident to appear at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with The Supernatural Kids Cookbook

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This is the second book by Nancy Mehagian. The first was her acclaimed culinary memoir, Siren's Feast.

BY CAMILLE JOHNSON Jamie Oliver launched a “food revolution.” Oprah Winfrey adopted what she calls a “veganish” diet. Alice Waters pioneered a new way of eating and thinking with her call for sustainable and local harvesting. And Michelle … [Read more...]

Meet/Greet/Bake with Barbara Fairchild and Bon Appétit Desserts

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Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild wil be at Westfield-Topanga on November 14 for a meet/greet/bake.

BY KAREN YOUNG For all you dessert lovers who like to bake, or those who just like to salivate, Bon Appetit has just released the bible of all dessert cookbooks — Bon Appétit  Desserts: The Cookbook for All Things Sweet and Wonderful. Written … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks author to sign books at Bloomingdales for Autism Speaks

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER With cornflower blue eyes wide as saucers and a head of hair with an altogether amusing mind of its own, Wills Price was an easy mark for the long-lashed blonde who captured the little boy’s tender heart. Inseparable and … [Read more...]

A fine used, new and rare book mecca stands 52 years strong

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Siblings Bill Wirt and Diane Sharrar run Bargain Books. Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Fifty two years ago, a little store a block from Van Nuys Blvd. opened for business. It offered a variety of antiques, jewelry, Tiffany lamps and used books. Within a year, the used books became the focal point of the store, and … [Read more...]

Meet Stacy Kaiser at Barnes and Noble Encino: “How to Be a Grown Up – The 10 Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know”

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER She’s appeared on CNN, Tyra Banks, Real Housewives of Orange County, MSNBC and Celebrity Fit Club. She’s remarkably telegenic, clever, compassionate, articulate and engaging – even in front of the most discerning camera. … [Read more...]

Positive results for those with high risk for breast or ovarian cancer

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Joi and Ora

BY AMANDA TRAXLER To Joi Morris, co-author of Positive Results (co-written by Tarzana native Dr. Ora Gordon), knowledge doesn’t just give you power, it gives you options. And for someone who has a genetic mutation linked to a raised risk of … [Read more...]

Harvard-Westlake student presents debut novel at Barnes and Noble Encino

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Harvard-Westlake student, Melissa Gertler

BY ATINA HARTUNIAN San Fernando Valley resident and Harvard-Westlake student Melissa Gertler, 16, stood before a group of a people at Barnes and Noble Encino late last month, speaking about writing her first novel, The Champion of Valens. The … [Read more...]