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.

The Second Annual LA Zine Fest is Almost Here!

While the do-it-yourself zine culture has been active and publishing for decades, its growth and popularity have really blossomed during the past several years. A case in point is the LA Zine Fest, which launched last year with over 100 exhibitors and attracted approximately 1,500 attendees.

Gift Ideas for Friends and Family


As publisher of Curating Los Angeles, I receive countless emails promoting events around the southland. Many of the messages at this time of year are holiday related and of those, a significant number extol the virtues of one gift or another offered up by a bevy of local businesses, museums, and schools.

This year my family agreed to limit holiday gift giving to the children in our lives. The adults just want to spend time together and enjoy the season in a less commercial fashion. That decision has greatly reduced the amount of time we’ll all need to spend searching for just the right gifts, as well as save everyone money.