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Press freedom under Trump and the Festival of Books

writersbloc4panel.jpg I will be moderating a journalism panel on Monday night and then, on Saturday, signing and schmoozing at the Times book festival.

Amy Dawes, 56, journalist and author

amy-dawes-iw.jpg The Los Angeles entertainment journalist and author of "Sunset Boulevard: Cruising The Heart of Los Angeles” has died of cancer.

Richard Schickel, 84, film critic, director and author

richard-schickel-post-by-er.jpg "A giant of American film criticism," Kenneth Turan says of Schickel, the longtime Time critic, author and documentary maker.
Ring-Lardner-320.jpg Rapoport and David Davis discuss the first book that collects Lardner's daily journalism.

Kevin Starr, 76, the historian of California

kevin-starr-sf-chronicle.jpg The top contender for the title of preeminent observer of our state "chronicled the history of California as no one else," Gov. Jerry Brown said.

The Rams were the original 'Hollywood's Team'

bob-waterfield-lapl.jpg The Rams' return to LA has been a disaster, but a new book by Jim Hock remembers when the NFL team's relationship with the city was something special.

'History of the Central Library'

LAO_LAPL_TomLaBonge.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard runs weekly at LA Observed.

Friends with books: Two men of Mars

myrbcollection.jpg Two longtime friends recently published a pair of books about a couple of lifelong heroes of mine.

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 This is from an unpublished biography.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.

David Ulin adds name to LA Times buyout list

David-Ulin-web.jpg Book critic David Ulin announced on Facebook that he is taking the buyout offer from the Los Angeles Times. Effective Tuesday.

Mature postmodern metropolis seeks long-term relationship

Hopscotch300B.jpg Los Angeles is like an aging intellectual hipster whose love of the ineffable fragmentary nature of the decentered urban experience has gotten old.
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Hennessey + Ingalls
henessey-ingalls-dtla.jpgNow Downtown in the Arts District.
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
Obituaries
Gone but not forgotten
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