Ray Bradbury Dies at age 91 in Los Angeles


While news of author Ray Bradbury’s death yesterday at age 91 is already receiving widespread attention by national and international media outlets, I want to add my voice to the many tributes that have been written about a master of the science fiction / fantasy genre. Bradbury was long one of my favorite local writers. I was always very proud that he called Los Angeles home and would have loved to interview him for this site. While that never happened, I did meet him at a LA area event many years ago and recall how excited I was just to shake his hand.

California International Antiquarian Book Fair


This weekend thousands of book lovers, 200 book dealers, and scholars from around the world will gather in Pasadena for the 45th edition of the California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Attendees to this prestigious event will find a wide assortment of printed materials spanning five centuries, including rare and out of print books, maps, graphics, photographs, prints, and autographs, among others. Original manuscripts that predate Gutenberg will also be on display and for sale.

19th Century Los Angeles Through the Lens of Carleton Watkins


During the course of his long and distinguished career, 19th century landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) produced an extraordinary body of work comprised of stereoviews and nearly thirteen hundred “mammoth” (18 x 22 inch) glass-plate negatives. Famous for his images of Yosemite, early San Francisco, New Almaden, Mendocino, and the Sierra Nevada mining regions, he also produced some of the earliest photographs of Los Angeles.

Pacific Standard Light: Lawrence Weschler Revisits the Uncanny Light of L.A. with Photographers Mike Light and Mike Slack


Southern California’s natural beauty, varied geography and unique quality of light have long played muse to countless artists and photographers. On Tuesday evening, November 29 author and critic Lawrence Weschler, one of the most perceptive observers of the Los Angeles art scene, will lead a discussion “about Southern California’s blasting and wondrous light…” with Mike Light and Mike Slack, two photographers and bookmakers who have turned their cameras on Los Angeles and produced some truly captivating images.

Slake Los Angeles Summer Subscription Special


The Los Angeles literary scene has been significantly enhanced over the past year due to the efforts of Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa – formerly the deputy editor and editor, respectively, of LA Weekly. Together they have created Slake Los Angeles, a quarterly publication that celebrates the long form approach to journalism and deftly blends fiction, poetry, photography and art into a gorgeous package.

L.A. Day/L.A. Night – Aerial Photographs of Los Angeles


I had an opportunity to preview a very special photography book at Photo LA several months back called “L.A. Day/L.A. Night,” by photographer Michael Light. As familiar as I am with the landscape and built environment of the greater LA region, this unique collection of black and white aerial photos exposed the city in a new light, both dreamlike and ethereal, that I found truly captivating. Indeed, I was so drawn to these images that I put the book on my short list of “birthday gifts for myself”.

Los Angeles Public Library Virtual Resources – History at your Fingertips

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is an incredible resource for anyone interested in southern California history. Like most people, however, I don’t have the time to visit the library in person whenever I want or need to research a particular topic or find that amazing historic photo of some person, place or event.
To help address this problem, the library has made a concerted effort to make its vast collections more readily available to the public through an ambitious digitalization project. It has also put portions of select library exhibitions online for those who were unable to see them when originally on display.