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.
A Barnes & Noble store in Bethel Park, Pa.
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August 21, 2013 Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.
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