Author James Patterson, pictured in 2011 in New York City, says independent bookstores are "vital to our future as a country."
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February 20, 2014 Also: Finalists for the L.A. Times Book Prizes are announced; Dr. Seuss's hat collection is going on tour; poet Liu Xia hospitalized in China.
Dr. Seuss collected hats like this plastic toy Viking helmet for over 60 years.
The Art of Dr. Seuss
February 19, 2014 Dr. Seuss's private hat collection is on public display for the first time in history. The exhibit also marks the 75th anniversary of his book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
The Grinch sandwich: It has the power to ruin Christmas.
December 16, 2013 For this week's Sandwich Monday, a holiday treat. We re-create the sandwich referenced in "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch": sauerkraut, toadstools, and (substitute) arsenic sauce.
President Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, reads Green Eggs and Ham at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll in April 2010.
September 26, 2013 Sen. Ted Cruz isn't the first politician to lean on the classic children's story to advance his cause. Governors, lieutenant governors and even the president have held public readings.
August 22, 2013 Oh, the place he went. It seems that The Lorax statue taken from the family's property in La Jolla, Calif., last year was left in some think bushes in a nearby canyon. A tip to police led to his recovery.
A sea of Seuss hats at an event at the Library of Congress in 2010.
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February 4, 2013 Also: Jared Diamond gets into trouble with an indigenous rights group; NFL players re-imagined as Dickens characters; a new theory about the Lockerbie bombing; and the best books of the week.
August 20, 2012 As a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, Theodor Geisel created a booklet warning troops against the dangers of malaria and how to avoid contracting it.
An imagined new facade for Dartmouth's school of medicine (with apologies to Dr. Seuss).
April 5, 2012 No word yet on whether memorizing The Cat in the Hat will now become a requirement for medical school admission.
March 28, 2012 The bronze artwork, made by Theodore Geisel's daughter, has disappeared. The theft comes as a movie version of Dr. Seuss' story continues to draw fans to theaters.
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