James Ellroy (“The Great Right Place,” page...

James Ellroy (“The Great Right Place,” page 14) is the author of 16 books, including “The Black Dahlia,” which will be released as a film directed by Brian De Palma in September.

Damon Winter (Cover, “The Great Right Place” photos) is an award-winning Times staff photographer.

Andy Friedman (Sunday Punches illustration, page 11) contributes to the New Yorker, Esquire and Spin.

Emily Dwass (The Rules of Hollywood, page 12) is writing a screenplay based on Ann Hood’s novel “Places to Stay the Night.”


Joe Mathews (“Deal Breaker,” page 20) covers labor and politics for The Times.

Drew Friedman (“Deal Breaker” illustration) is the illustrator of a book of portraits, “Old Jewish Comedians,” which will be published this fall.

Ellen Kaye (“Great-Aunt Gertie and the 1939 Expo,” page 24) is the coauthor of “The Wine Guy.” Her work has also been published in the New York Times and CHOW magazine.

Laura Golden Bellotti (California Story, page 29) is the author of “Holy Triangle: Stories of Pico-Robertson,” and the co-author of four nonfiction books.


Jonathan Twingley (California Story illustrations) has contributed to The Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Nigel Cox (“Under World” photos, page 30) has done work for Men’s Journal, Esquire and West.

Randye Hoder (“Three Dots,” page 38) has written for West and The Times’ Op-Ed page.

Dan Chavkin (“Three Dots” photo) has shot for W, Vanity Fair and People.