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Indies First on Small Business Saturday!

Support your local merchants -- that means shop and BUY.

It is happening here

itcanthappenhere-wire.jpg The angry workers...the anxious middle class...the jittery rich...the discontented military--Senator "Buzz" Windrip brought them all together with his combination of...

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

When Ring Lardner covered the Cubs

Ramiro-Gomez-watches-cubs.jpg He put poetry in the players' mouths, invented feuds and covered baseball in a manner never attempted before and never dared since.

Gordon Davidson excerpt: 'Opening Night at the Taper'

Gordon_Davidson_Directing_C.jpg Davidson, the founding artistic director of Center Theatre Group, died at age 83. This is from an unpublished biography.

Hollywood night: A mellower Ovitz and Meyer together

miller-ovitz-meyer-ltla.jpg Tickets were hard to come by when the creators of CAA sat together on stage for the first time in two decades.

Josh Kun, 4 other Angelenos win MacArthur grants

josh-kun-macarthur.jpg This year's local genius grant winners have ties to USC, Caltech and CalArts.

From wildlife to pets: The fate of urban nature?

square-hawk-crop.jpg A lively multispecies gathering at the infamous Mountain Mermaid Inn in Topanga Canyon raised the question: What happens when we are the owner of animals and all wildlife are pets? This is what we are learning now.

Carolyn See, 82, LA author and critic

carolyn-see.jpg See was "the defining voice for a certain kind of California experience in the mid-’70s and 1980s."

Media and book notes for a summer weekend

press-club-awards-banner-2016.jpg Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.
mystery-imagination-bookstore.jpg Big sale starts today then the Brand Boulevard shop will move online.

'Outlander' a great fit for TV writer Anne Kenney

sam-heughan-anne-kenney-out.jpg Kenney has been around since "L.A. Law" but the Starz show "Outlander" has changed her life.

Inside the eye of the Outlander storm

claire-jamie-grab.jpg Writers Bloc invited the stars of "Outlander" for a panel in Beverly Hills and insanity ensued.

The making of 'All the President's Men'

redford-atpm.jpg Forty years before "Spotlight" reminded movie-goers what reporters actually do, ATPM was the film making college students want to study journalism.

City of irreconcilable dreams

dream-cities-cover-320.jpg A new history of urban ideas offers a cautionary tale about the dreams that have shaped LA and the big new ideas we hope might shape the city of the future.

Sam Quinones, 'Dreamland' win at National Book Critics Circle

sam-quinones-fb.jpg He wins in the nonfiction category for book about the heroin epidemic in middle-class America.

Hennessey + Ingalls now open in the Arts District

hennessy+ingalls-open.jpg Click on the photo to enlarge. LA Observed photo from Sunday. Hennessey + Ingalls, the arts and architecture bookstore that shocked its fans by announcing last fall it was moving...

Fowl play, a dark lady in Hollywood and Romeo & Juliet

romeo-and-juliet2-noise-within.jpg No, a new novel's "LA Observer" is not a thinly veiled reference to LA Observed. It's a thinly veiled reference to the LA Weekly.

Russ Parsons purges his cookbooks after 30 years

parsons-cookbook.jpg The former LA Times food editor donated upwards of 500 cookbooks to the Long Beach Public Library. But it wasn't easy.

Steve Wasserman to run publisher Heyday

stevewassermantruthdig.jpg The former LA Times book editor takes over for the retired Malcolm Margolin.

Bookstore down: Apostrophe Books in Long Beach

apostrophe-books-sign-fb.jpg The Belmont Shore booksellers have been in business together for 23 years in different locations.

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

travelersbooks.jpg The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

Carolyn Kellogg named LA Times books editor

carolyn-kellogg-lat-320.jpg She has been the section's writer and, for now, is the only staffer remaining. "Her job will go beyond the printed word to explore ideas, film, art and society," the memo says.

Michael Hamilburg, literary agent, was 82

michael-hamilburg.jpg Michael Hamilburg was the book agent for Jim Morrison, Jackie Robinson, Vincent Bugliosi and many other writers — as well as a number of Los Angeles journalists through the years....

Serious kudos for the LA Review of Books

tom-lutz-book-club.jpg The Chronicle of Higher Education piles on the praise, saying there's now "an LARB style" of reviewing.

Register and author go inside OC's snitch tank

snitch-tank-ocregister.jpg Author Ed Humes returns to his Register roots to collaborate on a long tale of how Orange County authorities messed up the prosecution of the confessed Seal Beach salon murderer.
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National and Sepulveda
newsstand-natl-sepul.jpgWestside newsstand keeps on selling magazines. In print.
Razed but not forgotten
Village-Books-Demolition-Jan-2015.jpgThe former Village Books has been torn down to remake Pacific Palisades. More
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
Obituaries
Gone but not forgotten
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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
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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
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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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