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At the end of a steep driveway, perched above the shops and restaurants of Silver Lake’s Hyperion Avenue, author Janelle Brown stands at the entrance of a cantilevered Midcentury Modern building, its glass walls cross-hatched with metal sash windows like a translucent Rubik’s cube. It’s the kind...

  • Steve Jones is and will always be punker than you. And he has a memoir.

    Steve Jones is and will always be punker than you. And he has a memoir.

    Sitting in the captain’s chair in the studio at radio station KLOS is Steve Jones. The host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox” chats off air with his guest Val Kilmer while “Vicious,” by Lou Reed, broadcasts on 95.5 FM. The producer and the board operator keep time on how close they are to the end of the song,...

  • In her debut memoir, notorious writer Cat Marnell apologizes for nothing

    In her debut memoir, notorious writer Cat Marnell apologizes for nothing

    Ask Cat Marnell, the former Condé Nast beauty editor who has documented her decades-long drug addiction in shamelessly scandalous columns for Vice and xoJane, whether her new memoir, “How to Murder Your Life,” glorifies drug abuse, and she doesn’t skip a beat. “Sure! It’s glorious,” she breezily...

  • Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    The back wall at the Blue Bottle Coffee in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books. The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized...

  • A book for Luddite-curious city dwellers: Mark Sundeen's 'The Unsettlers'

    A book for Luddite-curious city dwellers: Mark Sundeen's 'The Unsettlers'

    Thanks to Pinterest boards and Instagram hashtags, the word “authentic” has passed from buzzword into the realm of parody: think Portlandia-style farm-to-table spreads, mountain-top selfies and any fashion shoot set in Joshua Tree. But in Mark Sundeen’s “The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life...

  • Rigoberto González grew up in a family of immigrant farmworkers. Now he writes award-winning books

    Rigoberto González grew up in a family of immigrant farmworkers. Now he writes award-winning books

    In 1980, I arrived with my family to the U.S.-Mexico border from Michoacán with what little we could bring with us on the three-day journey by bus. Not long after, once more members of our extended family joined the migration, 19 of us moved into a tiny apartment in Thermal, Calif., where we didn’t...

  • With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

    With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

    “In a lot of ways, a country is like a family,” says Jade Chang. We’re seated across from one another at a table in her West Hollywood apartment, blithely laying slices of cold butter onto vegan banana bread and discussing her debut, bestselling novel, “The Wangs vs. the World,” which charts one...

  • A special cocktail and the author as debutante: One way publishers sell books

    A special cocktail and the author as debutante: One way publishers sell books

    “Writing novels is so much more satisfying than writing television,” says Sarah Dunn. It’s an expertly tossed-off bon mot that practically defines the aphorism “know your audience.” The author of “The Arrangement,” a novel that won’t be out for months, is seated between two bookstore owners at...

  • Finding out you have a hole in your heart: Joshua Mohr on his memoir 'Sirens'

    Finding out you have a hole in your heart: Joshua Mohr on his memoir 'Sirens'

    Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his new memoir, “Sirens” (Two Dollar Radio, $15.99 paper), he recounts not only his journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back again, but the experience of suffering three strokes in his 30s, the last of which reveals that he has an 8-millimeter...

  • Kevin Starr will never be replaced: William Deverell remembers the historian and author

    Kevin Starr will never be replaced: William Deverell remembers the historian and author

    Kevin Starr mastered the stage whisper.  At a stiff faculty or committee meeting, and with twinkle in his eye, he’d bring a hand or a book to his mouth, and, thus poorly disguised, offer a thought, a bon mot, an impertinent question, or even a joke.  It was his version of sotto voce, but it came...

  • Milo Yiannopoulos' book deal is publishing business as usual

    Milo Yiannopoulos' book deal is publishing business as usual

    Less than 24 hours after Milo Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book was announced, pre-orders for the controversial young conservative’s “Dangerous” propelled it to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, knocking the recently deceased Carrie Fisher’s “Princess Diarist” down to No. 2. “I think he has a much...

  • John Scalzi's 10-point plan for getting creative work done in the time of Trump

    John Scalzi's 10-point plan for getting creative work done in the time of Trump

    It’s not a great secret that Donald Trump and his incoming administration are not hugely beloved by America’s creative class — the difficulty Trump is having in finding performers for his inauguration is only the most obvious manifestation of this. What’s probably less known is that Trump’s election...

  • Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

    Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

    The next time you’re stuck in gridlock on the 405 listening to an audiobook, squint past the guard rails and mini malls:  There’s a chance that book was recorded mere exits away. Behind a wrought-iron gate in a residential area of Northridge, Deyan Audio Services sits on what looks like a country...

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