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L.A. in Focus: The Orange and the Dream of California


Saturday, March 15, 2014


2:00pm to 4:00pm


Mark Taper Auditorium



Reservations not required. Doors will open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the program. 


David Boulé, author of  The Orange and the Dream of Calfornia presents a history of the fruit tied to the development of Southern California. Cloaked in mystery and, until modern times, available only to the elite, the orange has been known as the fruit of the gods and the symbol of health, wealth, and love. The dream of California, since its discovery by Europeans, has been that it is a place of plenty, of potential, of personal opportunity. When the orange and California were finally linked, their partnership created a compelling fantasy and a fantastic reality. The Orange and the Dream of California takes a lively, literary, and extraordinarily visual look at the symbiotic relationship between the Golden State and its “golden apple.” The orange became a symbol of everything California promised, and California became the center of the Orange Empire. “The orange and California have built upon one another for hundreds of years,” explains author David Boulé, “crafting a vision that appeals to our universal desire for beauty, health, enchantment, and reinvention.” Books will be available for purchase and personally signed by the author.

Sponsored by Photo Friends. Presented by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.