Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

The literary landscape

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

LA-based writer Jim Ruland had a story on NPR's Day to Day Wednesday about a book — The Third Policeman — that flashed in a brief scene in the TV show "Lost." The show's fans flocked to the book, a 1940 comic novel written by an Irishman, hoping to find clues to the show's mystery. Aha! People who watch TV do read.

Fans of the movie White Oleander probably know that it was first a book by Janet Fitch. And lucky for them, Janet is an Angeleno; luckier still, she'll be at the SmartGals Speakeasy on Sunday with writers David Francis and Rita Williams. The SpeakEasy, which starts at 7pm, may be thrown by gals but guys are more than welcome; plus, there will be refreshments (wink, wink). $7 gets you in the door if you know the secret phrase (it's "sister, let me tell your story").

If 7pm is too late for you, the Tongue & Groove fiction series starts at the Hotel Cafe a half hour earlier, at 6:30pm. As always, it's hosted by Conrad Romo; this month's edition features the effervescent Rachel Resnick, author of Go West, Young F*cked Up Chick.