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literature & fiction

Collage of scary books made into films
Elizabeth Graney, October 02, 2020

With trick or treating discouraged and haunted houses officially canceled, this year’s Halloween will be a bit more low key. But that doesn’t mean it has to be less frightening! We’ve got plenty of scary books and their film adaptations to keep you up through these long dark nights.

Collage of tough guy books
Sheryn Morris, September 16, 2020

The novels and poetry of Charles Bukowski continue to have devoted, admiring fans, who can never get enough of his books.

Collage of books by Latinx authors
Elizabeth Graney, September 15, 2020

September 15 - October 15 is Latino Heritage month wherein we celebrate the achievements of Latinx people and recognize their contributions to American culture. Each year during this time, the Literature & Fiction department pulls together books by Latinx and Spanish language authors to honor their work.

Collage of Primetime Emmy Award nominees adapted from books
Elizabeth Graney, September 11, 2020

Every September, the Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out, celebrating the best that television had to offer from the previous season. Usually, this event entails the red carpet, designer dresses, flashing lights, and giant crowds. Well, this year is going to be a little bit different.

Collage of audio recordings of plays
Robert Anderson, August 11, 2020

The majority of professional theatre companies across the country have now canceled their performance seasons through at least the end of this year, so it appears that it will be a minimum of six months before any of us sees the inside of the Mark Taper Forum, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Geffen Playhouse,

Collage of American cuisine books
Sheryn Morris, July 07, 2020

Other than indigenous peoples, we are a nation of immigrants, those who came by choice and those who came by force. As our country keeps growing and changing with new people arriving all the time, what we eat changes too. Like our country, American cuisine is never static.

Collage of selected books
Sheryn Morris, July 11, 2020

When you can’t find something to read, who do you ask? Librarians, of course, who have access to more books, old and new, than anyone else. Sorry to disappoint many of you, but we have not read all the books in the library.

Collage of books based on Los Angeles neighborhoods
James Sherman, June 30, 2020

Aldous Huxley described Los Angeles as “nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis"—and didn’t mean it as a compliment. In fact, the diversity of Los Angeles is one of its greatest strengths. The Los Angeles Times mapping project claims there are 114 neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles.

Toni Morrison
David Kelly, August 06, 2019

Toni Morrison, considered one of the world's great novelists, died August 5, 2019, in New York City at the age of 88.

black and white photo of dogs at a dog show
Christa Deitrick, August 25, 2018

They say there are two kinds of people in the world—cat fanciers and dog lovers. I have had both over the years (as well as fish, a bird, a mouse, and various salamanders), and though there’s no wrong way to be, I personally feel that Man’s Best Friend makes the most rewarding companion.