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James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department



Tessa Kelso, former City Librarian

Tessa Kelso: Library Hall of Famer

March 19, 2019

As the Los Angeles Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate to remember Tessa Kelso, sixth city librarian for Los Angeles (1889-1895).

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Contemporary French Literature in Translation

April 25, 2018

If you are a fan of contemporary French fiction, we hope you can take part in selecting the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in translation.

John Lee and the cover of four of the audiobooks he has narrated

Reading Aloud: Interview with John Lee, Audiobook Narrator

April 04, 2018

John Lee has acted in productions at theatres around the country and is about to embark on the role of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Parson’s Nose Theatre in Pasadena.

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Three Asian Angeleño Mysteries

May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure.

Book of Sonnets

The Enduring Popularity of Shakespeare's Sonnets

January 20, 2017

This Saturday, January 21, at 2 PM in the Taper Auditori

Joseph Hansen

Remembering Joseph Hansen: Father of the Gay Mystery Novel

June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days. The best novels do this now as they have always done it. It is a noble thing.”

Central Library hosts National Novel Writing Month every Monday

November 02, 2015

Stories matter. Everyone has a story in them and many have a novel just waiting to get out -- but how to start?  And once started, the difficulty of finding time or encouragement in this lonely process can be fatal to the creative urge.

Panelists for SHADOW OF ANGELS

Shadow of Angels

October 30, 2015

Maybe it’s the light, the brilliant golden light, that seems to make the shadows darker.  Maybe because Los Angeles is situated as a tenuous oasis on the edge of deserts as unforgiving as the moon?


September 23, 2015

When John Bruckman came to the Los Angeles Public Library in 1953, he delighted in his work in the History Department.  Passionate about the history of his adopted state of California, he prowled the sta

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This Saturday: "Upon This Rock"

August 24, 2015

As award-winning author Marilynne Robinson noted in her New York Times Essay “The Book of Books: What Li