Catching up: Books and authors

bryson-mccollister.jpgThe summer issue of Boom, from UC Press, includes a Lynell George interview with Kevin McCollister, the author of East of West L.A. and the blog of the same name. His photographs have been featured several times here at LA Observed. "He has become eloquent in visually evoking the poetic hang-time of the destinationless," George writes.

Also these notes:

  • Linda Ronstadt has signed (through agent Steve Wasserman) to write her memoir for Jonathan Karp at Simon and Schuster. Per the flackage, "Heart Like a Wheel" will trace Ronstadt's "musical upbringing in Tucson to her rise and iconic career as one of the best-selling (100 million records sold worldwide), trail-blazing women in contemporary music." Below, she sings "Long Long Time" on the TV show "Midnight Special" in 1973.
Finalists by category:

Glenn Goldman Award for Art, Architecture & Photography:

* Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffengger (Abrams ComicArt)
* Dogs by Lewis Blackwell & Tim Flack (Abrams)
* Patti Smith 1969 - 1976 by Dale Chihuly (Abrams)
* MM - Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson (Abrams)

Non Fiction:

* Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California by Susan Suntree (University of Nebraska)
* Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli (Crown)
* Harlow in Hollywood by Darrell Rooney and Mark A. Vieira (Angel City Press)
* Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt (Scribner)

T. Jefferson Parker Book Award for Mystery & Thrillers:

* The Sentry by Robert Crais (Putnam)
* San Diego Noir edited by Maryelizabeth Hart (Akashic Books)
* Savages by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)
* The Informant by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Fiction:

* Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)
* Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Viking)
* When the Killings Done by T.C. Boyle (Viking)
* Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan (Prospect Park Books)

Children's Novel:

* The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith (Feiwel & Friends)
* The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (Random House)
* Summer According to Humphrey by Betty Birney (Putnam)
* One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin (Amulet)

Children's Picture Book:

* When I Grow Up by Weird Al Yankovic (HarperCollins)
* Me, Frida illustrated by David Diaz (Abrams)
* Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever by Laura Numeroff (Abrams)
* Bear With Me by Max Kornell (Putnam)


More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent Books stories on LA Observed:
Bestselling books of the week in SoCal stores
The other horrible April 29 date in Los Angeles history
Expo Line misses book festival by that much
Portrait of a Bookstore to close on Tujunga Avenue
Fiction does have a winner at LA Times Book Prizes

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