The 1968 marriage of Danzy Senna's parents, a white woman with Boston blueblood lineage and the son of a struggling black single mother, was a metaphor of a hopeful era. Both were writers and activists in the civil-rights movement. But the marriage was followed eight years later by one of the ugliest divorces in Boston's history. Decades later, Senna looks back at the opposing American histories that her parents had tried so hard to overcome.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.