The March calendar of events has picked up some new listings. Among them is a book party to be thrown by the LA Weekly next week for its own writer, Marc Cooper. His book is The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas.
In other book news, journalist Joe Domanick's Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America's Golden State is out this month from UC Press. His last book To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams won the 1995 Edgar Award for Best True Fact Crime.
Richard Horgan's column at FilmStew.com is on Beverly Gray, whose biography of Roger Corman -- her former boss -- has been updated and re-released. It's called Roger Corman: Blood Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers.
And the latest Jack Liffey mystery from John Shannon, Terminal Island, is coming in May. The books are rich with Los Angeles locales and lore. This one is set in San Pedro and there's a launch party planned for the San Pedro branch library on April 18.