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Author Felice Picano and his latest book
Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, June 18, 2019

Felice Picano is an author whose work includes novels, stories, poetry, non-fiction, memoirs, plays, and film scripts, with international bestsellers and award winners. In Hollywood, he has worked with Cary Grant and director Frank Perry (Mommy Dearest), among others. That story is told in his new novel, Justify My Sins, based on his three decades of experiences as a gay man...


three movie posters coming out in May

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, May 3, 2019

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

Union Station in 2005

Union Station - Blow Out Those Candles, You Are 80!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, May 3, 2019

Happy 80th birthday Union Station!

Country singer Tammy Wynette in 1971

Music Memories: Tammy Wynette

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, May 3, 2019

Tammy Wynette was born on May 5, 1942. Wynette was one of the most popular country singers of the late 1960s and 1970s, and one of the genre's most successful women ever.

Jewish heritage posters with women in traditional dress

Jewish Heritage Month: Vintage Fashion Posters

Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Thursday, May 2, 2019

May is Jewish Heritage Month, which recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In 2006, then-president George W.

Vintage postcard of Churchill Downs, in Louisville Kentucky

Talk Derby to Me

Mandy Nasr, Senior Librarian, Encino - Tarzana Branch Library, Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ah, May is here. A celebratory time where parties and events are filling up your social calendar, making you feel it’s winter holiday season all over again.

Author Cory Doctorow and his novel Radicalized

Interview With an Author: Cory Doctorow

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Cory Doctorow is a co-editor of Boing Boing (an award-winning zine, blog, and directory of mostly wonderful things), a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an MIT Media Lab Research Associate and a visiting professor of Computer Science at the Open University.

Batman symbol - a silhouette bat

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Batman!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 29, 2019

May 1, 1939, was the cover date of issue #27 of Detective Comics, in which Batman made his debut. Batman was one of the earliest comic book superheroes and has become one of the most enduring characters in American literature.

Tree-lined street with Jacarandas

Purple Splendor

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Monday, April 29, 2019

Jacaranda season is almost here, that magical time of year when the spectacular purple blossoms come into sight and chase away May Gray and June Gloom.

postcard image of Elysian park

Trees of the Elysian

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday is National Arbor Day: a day to celebrate trees. When we look around Los Angeles today with its beautiful tree-filled parks and palm-lined streets, it's hard to imagine it being any different.

American songwriter Lorenz Hart

Music Memories: Lorenz Hart

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Thursday, April 25, 2019

Lorenz Hart was born on May 2, 1895. Hart was one of the great lyricists of the 1930s; with his composing partner, Richard Rodgers, he wrote dozens of songs that have become popular standards.