Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? – A Book Review

When the publisher of Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?: An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities contacted me to ask whether I’d like to review the book, I was intrigued. It’s not often those two cities are compared side-by-side and I was very interested to see how the author, Diane Ratican, along with illustrators Eric Giriat […]

Walter Mosley Brings Easy Rawlins to the Skirball

One of my favorite writers, Walter Mosley, is coming back to Los Angeles to read from and discuss his latest work titled Rose Gold, the thirteenth and latest installment of his Easy Rawlins mystery novels. If you’re not familiar with this book series, I highly recommend you check them out. Mosley is a master storyteller who […]

Obscura Society LA: Rare Books Galore at the William Andrews Clark Library

Obscura Society LA and Field Agent Robert Hemedes have organized a private, docent led tour of one of my favorite literary treasures in southern California – the William Andrews Clark Library. As I wrote in my blog post about the library back in October of 2010, “the library is managed by UCLA’s Center for 17th- and […]

Grand Park’s Downtown BookFest

Book lovers throughout the greater Los Angeles area have another reason to celebrate. The Grand Park Downtown BookFest is back and will feature “…the largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers” of any one-day event. 

The Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Curling up with a good book on a rainy evening is something I look forward to, particularly since we don’t have many opportunities to do that these days given California’s long running drought. When I can indulge in that wonderful activity and support the Los Angeles Public Library at the same time – all the […]

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon!

If you’re a lover of horror and the macabre, then you’ve probably watched films or plays, read stories, or played games that were influenced, directly or indirectly, by the work of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, more commonly known as H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937). Indeed, Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s […]

Nuestro Pueblo (Our Town)

My neighbor recently lent me a wonderful book titled Nuestro Pueblo: Los Angeles, City of Romance (Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 1940). Written by Joseph Seewerker and beautifully illustrated by Charles Owens, the book is a compilation of their popular weekly column, also called Nuestro Pueblo, which appeared in the LA Times between 1938 – 1940.