Stromme died yesterday of cancer at the age of 59. She wrote the Echo Park novel Joe's Word and the Underground Gardener column for the old L.A. Alternative Press. Just last month, her novel Plunder in the Grass: A Botanical Garden at Work was optioned by filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Here is her website. Her friend Matt Welch has a nice tribute up at his blog, and Emmanuelle Richard offers memories in French. Stromme's writing had an audience in France.
Elizabeth Stromme, writer and 'Underground Gardener'
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Recent Obituaries stories on LA Observed:John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'
Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies
Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author
Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author
Media notes: Anthony Marquez, 55, AP bureau chief in Los Angeles
Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California