When the author and former Daily News book editor Bruce Cook died last year, a number of fans posted comments here on the blog. His wife Judith Aller also came by to thank the posters. Now Aller and friends of Bruce Cook are having a celebration of his life on Saturday at the Dutton's Books in the Valley, 5146 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village. It's from 6 to 9 p.m. and was mentioned on the KCRW air this week by David Kipen in his Overbooked spot. Cook's novel, Young Will: The Confessions of William Shakespeare, has recently been published. For those who don't know, Cook wrote The Beat Generation, Listen to the Blues and Dalton Trumbo as well as ten Sir John Fielding historical mysteries under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander and four Chico Cervantes detective mysteries. He died last year at age 71. * Correction: A final Sir John mystery, The Rules of Engagement, will be released by Putnam in the spring. It was unfinished when Cook died, but Aller and John Shannon helped complete it.
Bruce Cook tribute *
More by Kevin Roderick:John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
Recent Books stories on LA Observed:Press freedom under Trump and the Festival of Books
Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author
Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author
The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner: An Interview with Ron Rapoport
Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California
The Rams were the original 'Hollywood's Team'
'History of the Central Library'
Friends with books: Two men of Mars