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Chapter 16. Tap Tap

veronica.jpg He was a criminal of course.

Chapter 15. The Hallway

veronica.jpg He wondered if they were already bumping nasties.

LA Observed interview: Toni Ann Johnson

toniannjohnson.jpg LA Observed interviews Inglewood resident Toni Ann Johnson about her debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel.

Chapter 14. The Sovereign Nation of Betschart

veronica.jpg This was the night when Betschart invited all residents of Los Angeles to visit any of his storefronts and declare citizenship.

Chapter 13. You Know I Don't Have All Day

veronica.jpg James considered himself a boxer when it came to words--he wasn't always eloquent, but he knew how to cut off the ring.
michael-scott-moore-captive.jpg Moore, the author of two books set in surfing culture, was taken captive while working on a book about Somali pirates. He had moved to Berlin from the South Bay before going to Africa.

Chapter 12. Botanica

veronica.jpg It's a separate misfortune to attract harm to other people, and Marisol knew it, but she had made her decision.

Chapter 11. The Curse is Renewed

veronica.jpg Caleb felt himself watched as he departed, unwelcome.

Hector Tobar leaving LA Times for Univ. of Oregon*

hector-tobar-fb.jpg Tobar, a former foreign correspondent, has most recently been a staff writer in books. His book on the buried Chilean miners comes out next month.

Heyday Books celebrates its own four decades in California

Malcom-margolin.jpg To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Heyday just published a collection of oral histories: "The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher."

Chapter 10. Here Comes Jim Dandy

veronica.jpg What natural right did he have to know her name?

A.J. Langguth, author and USC journalism professor was 81

ajlangguth-usc.jpg The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.

Biography of one 1957 Chevy

57chevybook.jpg There used to be a car club in Los Angeles -- maybe still is -- devoted to 1957 Chevys. The hold of that model and year is now the subject of a book on the backstory of a single car.

Chapter 9. The News Travels

veronica.jpg Ayla was a revved up little engine, narcissistic, and brutal.

Chapter 8. How To Get Rid of Henrik

veronica.jpg Caleb returned to Ayla unconditionally.

Jenny Burman talks about 'Veronica Street'

veronica.jpg Our weekly novelist was interviewed by Los Angeles magazine. Meanwhile, columnists Jon Christensen and Mark Gold were both on KPCC today talking about issues around the water main break that deluged part of UCLA.

Truman Capote's typewriter added to Soboroff collection

capote-smith-corona.jpg Capote purchased the Smith-Corona electric here in 1970 and kept it in his writing room at the Bel Air home of close friend Joanne Carson. It was used for Capote's last three books.

In praise of Glendale's closing Brand Bookshop

brand-bookshop-allen.jpg David Allen, the columnist for the Inland Valley Bulletin, is a fan of the Brand Bookshop in Glendale and isn't happy at all to hear that it's closing soon.

The philosopher king and the creation of NPR

npr-west-weekened-atc-room.jpg An excerpt from Steve Oney's upcoming book about the history and future of NPR.

Diesel Books to close in Malibu by fall

diesel-books-malibu-tmt.jpg Owner John Evans says the store will likely be gone by Sept. 21, months before the lease ends. Not enough business to justify the rent.

Louis Zamperini dies at age 97

louis-zamperini.jpg A noted local runner as a teenager, Zamperini competed in the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and during World War II survived 47 days adrift on a raft in the Pacific and years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. He was working on a new book with David Rensin when he died and a film of "Unbroken" is due out in December.

When summer meant fun

PF-SLOAN-jacket.jpg P.F. Sloan may be the most famous LA songwriter you never heard of. Fifty years after his first breakthrough hit, Sloan has re-emerged to reclaim his legacy in a new memoir.

Sebastian Junger finishes with war in 'Korengal'

sebastian-junger-iris.jpg He made the companion film to "Restrepo" after the death in Libya of photographer and collaborator Tim Hetherington. "Korengal" seeks to show what war feels like.
bradbury-home-front.jpg The Cheviot Drive home where Ray Bradbury lived and wrote for 50 years has been listed for sale at $1.495 million. It's open on Sunday.

Free tix: Francine Prose and Meghan Daum

francine-prose-ltla.jpg Francine Prose's new novel is "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932." Tickets are from Live Talks LA for Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Red and yellow books (photo)

red-yellow-books-last-bkstore.jpg Red and yellow books arranged on shelves. The Last Bookstore, Downtown Los Angeles.
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First edition: '12 Years a Slave'
12-years-a-slave-ucla.jpgUCLA Library's 1853 first edition of the Solomon Northup memoir. Christelle Nahas/UCLA. Gallery
Bookstore down
barnes-noble-shopper.jpg Barnes & Noble closes the Old Town Pasadena store. Read
Welcome to the Homogenocene
treesinparadise-cover.jpg"Trees in Paradise: A California History," by Jared Farmer, reminds us that biological and cultural diversity is increasing in most places, while the differences between places seem to be decreasing. Nature and culture are inextricably entwined. Christensen & Gold
Diesel Books of Malibu up for sale
diesel-books-malibu-tmt.jpgNine years after first opening in Malibu (at another location), the owners say they need to get out and focus on their other stores. Read
Wanda Coleman, poet was 67
wanda-coleman-2012.jpgThe Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman died after a long illness. The LA Times said Coleman "was a key figure in the literary life of Los Angeles....[and] helped transform the city's literature." Story
The autumn of my books
Thumbnail image for al-martinez-photo.jpgTrying to straighten out his cluttered office, Martinez agonizes over parting with any of his books. LA Observed column
Part two: LA and its water
otis-yaw-mulholland-csun.jpgHarrison Gray Otis, Ellen Beach Yaw and William Mulholland at the Nov. 5, 1913 dedication of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Book excerpt
Book excerpt: LA and its Owens Valley water
sfv-mission-horsemen.jpgA couple of the chapters in Kevin's book on the San Fernando Valley deal with the Los Angeles Aqueduct and how abundant water changed the city and the valley. Read
Author buys a billboard in the desert
billboard-in-the-desert.jpgSelling a book these days is hard. Marty McMorrow took a different tack to market his memoir of life in the 1960s and beyond. Read
Owner won't raze Dutton's site
duttons-wake.jpgFive years later, landlord Charles Munger drops big development plans for former Brentwood bookstore. More
Travel by bookstore
copperfields-hburg-lao.jpgFourteen California bookstores and eight record stores in nine days on the road. Books and authors
Elliott Erwitt visits Hollywood
IMG_4720sm copy.jpgWaiters at the Leica Gallery hold photos by photographer Elliott Erwitt, in town to launch his newest book. Iris Schneider
Photojournalism by masters
erwitt-provence-boys.jpgIris Schneider reviews big new books by Sebastiao Salgado, Steve McCurry and Elliot Erwitt. Native Intelligence
Ray Harryhausen, 92
Ray-Harryhausen-cyclops.jpgThe creator of stop-motion special effects in Hollywood pictures died in London. More
Paris Photo comes to Hollywood
Thumbnail image for paris-photo-paramount-iris.jpgFrance's annual photography fair chose Paramount's studio lot for the first U.S. event. Native Intelligence
Harold Robbins' typewriter
The late novelist's machine joins the LA collection of Steven Soboroff. More
Goodreads acquired by Amazon
Barely a year earlier, founder Otis Y. Chandler hailed Goodreads' "independence" from Amazon's technology. More
Music at Libros Schmibros
libros-schmibros-pacheco.jpgDennis Uyat plays outside Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights for founder David Kipen. Photo by Robert Pacheco.
Obituaries
Gone but not forgotten
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SoCal authors A-K
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Alex Abella
Christina Adams
Shilpa Agarwal
Devin Alexander
Richard Andreoli
Mark Arax
Carlye Archibeque
Ken Baker
Steven Barnes
Henry Baum
Bruce Bauman
Cari Beauchamp
Andy Behrman
Aimee Bender
Francesca Lia Block
T.C. Boyle
Ray Bradbury
Janelle Brown
Margo Candelas
Hillary Carlip
Stephan Clark
Cole Coonce
Darcy Cosper
Joie Davidow
Paul Davidson
Gwen Davis
B. DeMarco-Barrett
Frances Dinkelspiel
Jonathan Dobrer
Brian Doherty
Tom Drury
Samantha Dunn
Patrick Ecclesine
Harlan Ellison
Chris Epting
María Amparo Escandón
Chris Farnsworth
David Ferrell
James Flanigan
David Fuller
John Gabree
Kate Gale
Mel Gilden
Barry Glassner
Lisa Glatt
Lee Goldberg
Tod Goldberg
Ken Gonzales-Day
Lori Gottlieb
Kate Hahn
Mark Haile
Adena Halpern
Denise Hamilton
Bob Harris
Tom Hayden
David Hernandez
Robert Hilburn
Naomi Hirahara
Edward Humes
Michelle Huneven
Charlie Huston
Barbara Isenberg
Lynn Isenberg
Tara Ison
Chip Jacobs
Allison Johnson
Nadine Jolie
Burt Kearns
David J. Kilpatrick
Jonathan Kirsch
Susan A. Kitchens
John Klima
Joel Kotkin
Rochelle Krich
SoCal authors L-Z
Laila Lalami
Terrill Lee Lankford
Peter Lefcourt
Laura Levine
Robert S. Levinson
Brad Listi
Aimee Liu
Kerry Madden
Michelle Markel
Scott Martelle
Steve Martin
Christopher Meeks
Jack Miles
Matt Miller
Sandra Ann Miller
Yxta Maya Murray
Justine Musk
Jessica Kehinde Ngo
Geoff Nicholson
Norman Ollestad
Daniel Olivas
T. Jefferson Parker
Gary Phillips
Charles Phoenix
Robert Pielke
Max Pierce
Neal Pollack
Daniel Price
Sam Quinones
Stephen Randall
David Rensin
Rachel Resnick
Nina Revoyr
Laurie Viera Rigler
David Ritz
Luis J. Rodriguez
Jim Ruland
Mark Sarvas
John Scheibe
Erika Schickel
Brad Schreiber
Matthew Scully
Carolyn See
Geoff Shackelford
John Shannon
Kathleen Sharp
Andrea Siegel
Jen Sincero
Patricia Smiley
April Smith
Martin J. Smith
Jerry Stahl
Julia Stein
Louise Steinman
Deanne Stillman
Eric Stone
Jessica Stover
Mark Sundeen
Katherine Taylor
Tom Teicholz
Nichelle D. Tramble
Marcos Villatoro
D.J. Waldie
Sarah Weinman
Wendy Werris
Jon Wiener
Amy Wilentz
Antoine Wilson
Paula L. Woods
Deidre Woollard
Mark Porter Zasada
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