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Why LA missed the new economy

storper.jpg The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, should be required reading for people who consider themselves leaders in Los Angeles.

Hennessey + Ingalls to move to DTLA Arts District

hennessey+ingalls.jpg The 52-year-old bookstore is leaving Santa Monica for a new 5,000-foot bookstore space at One Santa Fe.

A Los Angeles poet's 'revolution of everyday life'

sesshu-foster-aljz.jpg Al Jazeera America goes for an Eastside tour with Sesshu Foster, "the poet laureate of a vanishing neighborhood."

The LA drug education of Oliver Sacks

milch-oliver-sacks-ltla.jpg In Topanga Canyon in 1963, even the doctors got stoned and took acid. Plus: Sacks in the most colorful green room in town.

Oliver Sacks, 82, neurologist and author dies of cancer

musicophilia.jpg Sacks announced in a February Op-ed piece that he had spreading cancer and was detaching from big world concerns like the Middle East and global warming. "My generation is on the way out…"

Ex-LAT writer won't do Huffington's research

lauren+lipton+portrait.jpg Lauren Lipton's reply to a request for free help was beyond frosty. The phrase "the rapacious Ms. Huffington" was written.
beatles-color-beck-telegraph.jpg Fifty years ago on Aug. 27, Ivor Davis was the only newspaper reporter to go with the Beatles to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion. It was memorable.

Duke Kahanamoku gets a happy birthday nod from Google

duke-k-goodle-doodle.jpg Google Doodle honors 125th birthday of the Olympic champion swimmer and father of surfing — the subject of an upcoming biography by David Davis.

Thursday news and notes

maria-sharapova-gjusta.jpg City Hall politics, media items, books news and place notes, including Maria Sharapova at Gjusta.

William Finnegan's San Fernando Valley days

barbarian-days-cover.jpg In his new memoir about surfing, the New Yorker staff writer remembers the hot and dry, white, inland place that spawned him. We help him a little with the origin story of Tarzana.

Alan Cheuse, novelist and NPR contributor, dies at 75

alan-cheuse.npr.jpg Cheuse was injured in a crash near Santa Cruz two weeks ago.

New book on big science by the LAT's Mike Hiltzik

lawrence-cyclotron.jpg The business columnist provides a new biography of Ernest Lawrence, the Berkeley physicist who played a big role in the envelopment of atomic weapons.

Soboroff adds Shirley Temple's typewriter

shirley-temple-at-typewriter-ss.jpg An Underwood used by the late actress joins those of Ray Bradbury, Truman Capote and other famous typists in the Soboroff collection.

Author interview: Molly Knight on the Los Angeles Dodgers

EE0cdfoN.jpg Molly Knight didn't set out to write a behind-the-scenes book when she began covering the divorce proceedings between Frank and Jamie McCourt for ESPN. But the self-confessed Dodgers fan realized she had a story with more plot twists than a soap opera. Her summertime read goes down as easily as a sudsy beer in the bleachers.

Josh Kun, Diana Wagman finalists for SoCal book awards

LDLA-cover1_9781626400283_grande.jpg "To Live and Dine in L.A.," "Life #6" and Brian Grazer's "A Curious Mind" are among the nominees.
queens-of-noise-cover.jpg Her book does not include Jackie Fuchs' details of being raped by Kim Fowley, the band's creepy creator. Here's why.

Scott Timberg on leaving Los Angeles*

casestudyhouse22a.jpg The journalist and author tried to make it work after being laid off by the LA Times. But it's more complicated than that.

Book notes: Deal for a book on Jerry Brown, more LA authors

jim-newton-lat.jpg Jim Newton will write the next book on Jerry Brown "and the creation of modern California." Plus Diana Wagman, Holly Madison, William Mulholland, Josh Kun and more.

Michael Connelly visits the LA crime lab

connellyheader-csula.jpg In a piece for the Cal State LA campus magazine, Connelly goes to the lab that provides many scenes for his books and Amazon original series, "Bosch."

Dodgers go meekly again, but the baby lives

dodgers-baby-jsh.jpg Wrigley Field has a new goat or hero, depending on your view. Plus two new books on the Dodgers.
frances-kroll-ring.jpg Ring was the assistant who hid F. Scott Fitzgerald's drinking by dumping his empty gin bottles in Sepulveda Canyon in the months before he died.

An atlas of LA's multitudes

LAfreeways.jpg LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, a new book just out from Heyday, whole-heartedly embraces the Whitmanesque myth of Los Angeles: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." Book launch events at Clockshop and Skylight Books on May 2 and 3.

Chapter 26. Sold!

veronica.jpg Eugenio walks into Vega's, where he is not well-liked.

This book by ex-newspaper exec needed no ghost writer

handprint-heaphy.jpg Janis Heaphy Durham, a former VP of advertising at the LA Times, may have a bestseller with her book about paranormal events after the death of her husband.

Chapter 25. Redirect

veronica.jpg Eugenio's wife, Melody, has sent him to buy meat.

Chapter 24. Visible

veronica.jpg They were looking at her. She had lost her invisibility.
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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
Gone but not forgotten

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Alex Abella
Christina Adams
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Tom Drury
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Harlan Ellison
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Barry Glassner
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Lee Goldberg
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Kate Hahn
Mark Haile
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Naomi Hirahara
Edward Humes
Michelle Huneven
Charlie Huston
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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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Peter Lefcourt
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Robert S. Levinson
Brad Listi
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Jack Miles
Matt Miller
Sandra Ann Miller
Yxta Maya Murray
Justine Musk
Jessica Kehinde Ngo
Geoff Nicholson
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Daniel Olivas
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Gary Phillips
Charles Phoenix
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Neal Pollack
Daniel Price
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Stephen Randall
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Rachel Resnick
Nina Revoyr
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Jim Ruland
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