The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens doesn't honor very many L.A. journalists with an exhibition, so it's notable that they will mount a show for Al Martinez this spring. He donated his papers to the Huntington in San Marino a few years ago. From the Huntington flackage:
The six-decade-long career of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author Al Martinez is showcased in an exhibition that looks back at how the writer has chronicled the foibles, peccadilloes, accomplishments, and, sometimes, sad plights of those around him. “Al Martinez: Bard of L.A.,” on view in the Library, West Hall, at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens from March 17 to June 25, 2012, will trace Martinez’s work from his letters during the Korean War through his 25 years as a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and up to the present, with his regular columns for the Los Angeles Daily News and Topanga Messenger."
Martinez's books include the novel "The Last City Room" and nonfiction books "I’ll Be Damned If I’ll Die in Oakland," "City of Angles: A Drive-By Portrait of L.A.," "Ashes in the Rain," "Dancing Under the Moon," "Reflections," "Rising Voices: A New Generation" and "Barkley: A Dog’s Journey." His TV writing credits include “Out on the Edge,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Bronk,” and “Jigsaw John,” which Martinez created. Al's blog.