• Simon Says


    Simon Van Booy sits down with us and discusses his experiences writing and his impeccable style.

  • The Book was Better...


    The Book Thief just arrived on DVD. We look at the reviews from the book when it came out.

  • Ask Jeeves


    Sebastian Faulks recreates PG Woodhouse's Jeeves in his latest, Jeeves and The Wedding Bells. See if the critics think he did a good representation.

  • The Lowland


    One of the most anticipated books of the year, Jhumpa Lahiri's latest novel arrives onto the scene as a Booker finalist. See what the critics think about the Pulitzer Prize winner's latest.

  • The Diesel


    An urban California aesthetic, Oakland's Diesel Books is our bookstore of the month.

Indie Bookstore View all

At Critics and Writers we want to help independent bookstores thrive. Each month we highlight one of our favorite.

Diesel Books
433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Known throughout Oakland for providing excellent book events and service from booksellers who actually know a lot about books, Diesel books has become an icon in the Oakland community.


Game View all

Name the first line ...
Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. “Stop!” cried the groaning old man at last, “Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree.”

Feature Library

Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90071

In addition of over 6 million volumes, the Los Angeles Public Library also houses the renowned "Shades of LA" photo collection, an archive of over 10,000 family pictures from the city's residents.