5 Things to Watch, Read, and Do in April

Your cultural agenda this month includes a new biography of Philip Roth, a James Norton double feature, and more

A new month is here, and we’ve rounded up some new books, events, and series you won’t want to miss.


Consummate biographer Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth is hardly the first bio of the literary provocateur, but it might be the most definitive at 912 pages, boasting unprecedented access to Roth’s papers, friends, and family. April 6.


After a year abroad, Desert X is back. The naturally socially distant outdoor art fest will showcase the work of contemporary artists on sites throughout the Coachella Valley, through May 16.


Make it a James Norton double feature. The hunky Brit stars in both HBO Max’s Victorian epic The Nevers, premiering April 11, and the thriller Things Seen & Heard, which costars Oscar favorite Amanda Seyfried and debuts on Netflix April 30.


The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is going virtual this year with 30 online panels, readings, and performances. Participants include CNN’s Don Lemon and New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe. April 17 to 23.


Keep the tween set entertained over spring break with Horse Girl, a new YA novel billed as a cross between Mean Girls and Black Beauty and written by Groundlings alum Carrie Seim. In bookstores March 30.

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