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Two quick news bits out of the LA Times before the weekend

The LA Times has announced the schedule and lineup for its Festival of Books, which if you're a bookworm, is something like the event of the season.

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This year's author list is a tad less intriguing than last year's, but it's not half bad. And we won't really get to see what the festival's made of until the panel list is released in March.

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Not surpringly, Arianna is a permanent invite, but that's one of the battles where you throw up your hands and say what can you do?

Joyce Carol Oates and Sarah Vowell are sure to be draws... but to some, Mr. Bloom County himself has gotta be the headliner. He's no Bill Watterson or Gary Larsen, but Breathed can be a pretty reculsive figure.

The LA Times made another huge literary move when it officially announced Amy Tan will be the Literary Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, soon to be known as West.

LAObserved had known the news about Tan for a while, but it was made official this week — plus the paper announced some other masthead rejiggering, including adding the fantastic Mark Arax.

Arax has been covering the Central Valley for the Times and wrote a killer book with none other than the reasonably-new editor of the magazine, Rick Wartzman.

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And I don't want to just gloss over that the name of the magazine does indeed remain West. I mean, we knew that was going to be the moniker...but we just can't get over it.

West?