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20 Novels That Dared To Define A Different Los Angeles

Want to fall in love with this city? Begin with the books that are set here.

20 Novels That Dared To Define A Different Los Angeles

Want to fall in love with this city? Begin with the books that are set here.

Literary Death Match's Todd Zuniga on L.A.'s Lit Scene and Writing Against Everything

Todd Zuniga is a bit of a literary fetishist. Not only because he wears three-piece-suits, tosses out literary titles like people reference street names, and is as frequent a face at literary events as black-rimmed reading glasses and cheap red wine, but because Zuniga’s life literally resembles that of a 20th century nouveau roman protagonist.

Of Moby, Mustaches, & Literary Death Matches (Plus Why L.A. is "the next Berlin")

Wednesday night marked the 9th episode of Literary Death Match LA; a wonderfully difficult to define, category-defying variety show dedicated to witty one-liners, obscure literary trivia, and spectacular short fiction.

Film Lore, Dark 'N Stormies, & Killer Prose: Black Clock 15 Reading at The Mandrake

Sunday afternoon marked the celebration of literary journal "Black Clock 15"—a robust, full-color issue devoted to all things cinema. The brainchild of novelist Steve Erickson, Black Clock is self-ascribed as “singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious”—a mantra that precisely mirrors the tone of Sunday’s reading.

L.A. Likes Books: Highlights of The 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

While we’ve talked at length about the unfair reputation our city still bears as a ‘literary lightweight,’ witnessing the LATFoB is seriously (and pardon the hyperbole) magnificent. Masses—literally—descended on USC’s campus for a weekend of thoughtful literary discourse, intellectual enlightenment, and book-minded pursuits.

Attention, LA Literati: An Inside Guide To The 2012 LA Times Festival of Books

Let the onslaught of all things literary in Los Angeles begin. The Los Angeles Times Festival of books is descending on our city this weekend and it promises to pack a seriously bookish punch. From fiction and poetry, to cooking, to a children’s stage and more, the 2012 LATFOB is only a few days away—and we can hardly wait. To tide you over until the gates open, here’s a rundown of all you need to know for this year’s festivities.

Bring on the Bibliophilia: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Is Back!

Literary evangelists of Los Angeles, let the countdown begin. April has officially arrived, which means our city’s most cherished annual literary extravaganza, The 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, is only a few weeks away (April 21-22, to be exact).

LAist Interview: Author Christopher Bollen on the Debut of 'Lightning People,' the Allure of Big City Life, and the Anti-Social Reality of Writing Your First Novel

After years of grilling some of the world’s biggest stars, Christopher Bollen has suddenly found himself in the interview hot seat: the author spoke with LAist about writing his first novel, the troubling state of the publishing industry, Occupy Wall St, and the kind of LA novel he would most like to read.

Shadows, Voices & Devoted Fans: Mark Danielewski's 'Fifty Year Sword' Haunts REDCAT

Halloween night marked author Mark Z. Danielewski’s live telling of his novella The Fifty Year Sword at REDCAT, and it turned out to be an excellent evolution from the author’s 2010 performance. Thanks to John Zalewski and the Harry Partch ensemble’s flawless score, Christine Marie’s larger-than-life shadows, and the dizzying, yet enchanting succession of five well-rehearsed threads of dialogue, Mark Z. Danielewski’s highly conceptual live performance of T50YS was a true sensorial feast.

'Henrietta Lacks' Scribe Rebecca Skloot Reading at UCLA Live Tomorrow Night

Tuesday, award-winning author Rebecca Skloot will read from her New York Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at UCLA Live’s Royce Hall. The critically-acclaimed nonfiction book has been heralded for its intricate research and gripping story.

LAist Interview: Author Mark Z. Danielewski on 'The Fifty Year Sword,' the Written Word, and One of the Scariest Moments of His Life

Novelist Mark Z. Danielewski is frighteningly good at what he does. His books have imparted an international cult following for their courageous and mind-bending subjects, experimental typography, and innovative approaches to story-telling.

L.A.'s Literary Scene Is Well & Thriving This Fall

While the change of seasons might not be as noticeable here as in other cities, Angelenos can still feel the onset of autumn. Whether it's the darker skies or the shorter days, fall has officially arrived—and with it, a surge in all things literary. Here's a roundup of local lit news and happenings because even in L.A., autumn is a great time to cozy up with a good book (we just don't need the extra down comforter, thanks).

Art Spiegelman's Meta Tour of 'MetaMaus'

"Things got way too meta," Art Spiegelman says. The author sits at a table atop the Soho House, smoking a cigarette and awaiting his interview with Bookworm-host, Michael Silverblatt, for the 6th installment of KCRW's UpClose series. And he's not kidding.

Dan Fante, Steve-O, and Lisa See: Only The 10th Annual WeHo Book Fair Could Pull That Off

Time to polish off those reading glasses because this Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of a SoCal literary tradition: the West Hollywood Book Fair! And for letters-loving Angelenos, the line-up is sure to delight. This year, the WeHo Book Fair boasts twelve stages and over a hundred exhibitors, all for fun and for free.

Is L.A. The World's Next Great Literary City? The Los Angeles Review of Books Says Yes

That's right: the days of dogging LA book culture might soon (finally!) be behind us thanks to The Los Angeles Review of Books, an ambitious new LA-based literature review journal that’s re-imagining the art of literary critique and propelling it into the 21st century. Digital, sprawling, and fearless, the LARB aims to reinvigorate book discourse by widening the margins of literary coverage and overthrowing the traditional book review format.

Just Don't Call Her Controversial: Novelist Sapphire And Michael Silverblatt On 'The Kid,' Precious, And The Future of America

Last Sunday, local literati convened in the penthouse of a private salon in West Hollywood, and settled into deep-set sofas and velvet armchairs for an evening of intimate conversation with acclaimed author Sapphire and KCRW's Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt.

A Park A Day: Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

Bookworm Host Michael Silverblatt's Trifecta: Reading, LA, and Novelist Sapphire

Michael Silverblatt is the iconic host of the Santa-Monica based radio program Bookworm; a nationally-syndicated show about literature and poetry that has featured some of the greatest writers of our time. LA's favorite literary pundit shared with us his love of literature, thoughts about the local LA literary community, and why he can hardly wait to meet author and poet Sapphire.

Interview: KCRW Gets 'UpClose' And Personal With Salon-Inspired Web Series

Next Sunday, public radio station KCRW (Santa Monica College, 89.9) and Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt will present an evening of intimate conversation with Sapphire, the best-selling author ofPush (the book that inspired the film Precious), and her latest novel, The Kid.

A Park A Day: Griffith Park, Los Feliz

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

The 'Story Worthy' Podcast Series, LA Stories Fit For The Car And The Bar

Local comedians Christine Blackburn and Hannes Phinney are the creators and co-hosts of Story Worthy, a series of podcasts and live story-telling performances that tell the often-hilarious true tales of LA locals. You know, stories about sleeping with yoga teachers, scalping tickets at the Greek Theater, and trouble-shooting old Craftsman plumbing before the rabbi arrives.

LA Book Clubs Don't Cut To Commercials And They Probably Won't Jeopardize Careers: A Look At Local Reading Groups After Oprah

Photo by Carolyn Coles via Flickr The end of the Oprah Era means more than the loss of a national anticipation for 4:00 p.m., heart-wrenching exposés, couch-jumping shenanigans and free cars; it also marks the departure of one of the largest book clubs in history. Swaying millions of viewers to read the kinds of books that put Cliff’s Notes in business proves that there is power in community reading. While the act of reading...

Magic-Making In L.A.: An Interview With Author Aimee Bender

Author Aimee Bender is a literary iconoclast. The Los Angeles Times lauded, “she is Hemingway, on an acid trip.” Her knack for magical realism and her admiration of the fairy tale have inspired a generation of young writers bent on the surreal, citing dog-eared copies of Bender’s iconic collection Willful Creatures as influence. I met with Bender at USC to talk about Los Angeles’ less-known lit scene, feminizing fairy tales, and the splendor of LA’s sunlight.

L.A. as 'Literary,' the Death of the Book, and Writing in PowerPoint: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jennifer Egan

Photo by Pieter M. Van Hattem/Vistalux Jennifer Egan is an author who defies. Her fictions often embrace unconventional forms, narratives, and literary styles. She has challenged the essentials of literature, whether by unfurling the stiff structure of the novel or reinvigorating the importance of the chapter as both self-contained unit and cog. And for it, there’s been no shortage of acclaim. Egan’s latest novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, sparked controversy when it...

The LA Times Festival of Books, Abridged

This weekend’s LA Times Festival of Books was jam-packed with all things literary. USC’s campus swelled with book-loving Angelenos. Children enjoyed readings by R.L. Stine and Jamie Lee Curtis, USC students waxed poetic from the USC stage, and laughs ebbed from comedian Patton Oswalt's audience. Publishers met new readers, bookstores found new customers, and literacy nonprofits got due public attention. And this weekend’s panels were pretty entertaining. In case you missed any of the festivities,...

Get Your Lit Together: A Primer on This Year's Festival of Books

Tomorrow, the annual LA Times Festival of Books—a weekend-long celebration of literature and a fifteen-year old Los Angeles tradition—officially begins. With new features like the free Target bus, Korean Taekwondo performances, and the LATFOB phone app, there’s a lot more you’ll want to check out at this year’s festival. Here’s the rundown on how to get there and what to expect:

Bookworms Rejoice! LA Times Festival of Books is Almost Here

Let hyperboles of excitement fly: the greatest annual book festival in the country is only a week away. Our beloved Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is set to take over USC’s campus next Saturday, where some of the greatest names in the book world will congregate for LA’s most literary weekend of the year.

Because Even Our Libraries Are Cool: Shepard Fairey Joins LA's Young Literati In Supporting the LAPL

If you thought the only Intelligentsia in LA was a hipster coffeehouse, think again. Meet the Young Literati. They’re a group of public library supporters on a cultural crusade to establish Los Angeles as the intellectual and literary city it deserves to be. Comprised of young professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, the Young Literati are convinced that fostering a community dedicated to culture and the arts lies entirely in the fate of the Los Angeles Public Library.

5 Reasons Why You Need To See Sister Spit's Rambling Road Show, Like Now.

1. Sister Spit is the San Francisco-based iconic feminist-lesbian ‘rambling road show’ co-directed by novelist Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. Per their website: “Sini and Michelle gathered together a group of some of the most notorious, talented, and just frickin' interesting women and dykes, and went on tour all over the U.S.” Past tours have included legendary gay poets and authors like Eileen Myles, Jan LeCroy, Miranda Mellis, Beth Lisik, and Lynnee Breedlove. Their epic cross-country tours made national headlines.

Gossip Rags Aren't The Only Things We Read: In LA, Local Bookstores Make the A-List

Photo by jchristopherrobinson via Flickr Tinseltown, Southland, The Entertainment Capital of the World, El Lay, The City of Angels, Hell-A, La La Land —LA has its share of nicknames, but none seem to give our city due credit for the wealth of literature housed among these trafficked streets. Thanks to an unfortunate reputation as a not-so-literary city, LA local bookshops are often and unduly overlooked. But, forget what you might have heard (or haven’t...

Broken Borders: Have Indie Bookstores Finally Beat 'The Man'?

Photo by sadjeans via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Five years ago, the independent bookstore was likely fated to join the cassette tape: nostalgically revered, but tragically doomed. Despite hand picked recommendations, too-cool cashiers, and erudite small talk, the local bookstore didn’t stand a chance against the Big Guys—corporations like Barnes and Noble, Borders, and the true Iago of bookselling, Amazon. Then came the Kindle, the Nook, whatever the hell Sony makes,...

L.A. Knows What's Up With Publishing, Do You?

Photo by luis de bethencourt via Flickr While the common adage suggests everyone has one book in them, it fails to mention that book will average 28 rejections. Or that publishing it might take as long as writing it. Nor is it even insinuated that your one book, once it’s published, will hopefully make you about $1 per book—that is, if you can sell 7,000 copies first. So yes, everyone might have one book...

WNBA's L.A. Chapter Presents Bookwoman Day On Saturday

Is she writing the next great Los Angeles novel? (Photo by Ed Yourdon via Flickr) This Saturday, the LA Chapter of the Woman's National Book Association is hosting Bookwoman Day, an all-day writing conference at the Marina del Rey Hotel. The event will provide a meeting ground for local publishers, literary agents, and book gurus to discuss various ways on "How to Get Published in 2011." The Bookwoman Day schedule boasts a wealth of...