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Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a...

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Authors Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, and Jack Lowe and their second book of the graphic novel series The Jekyll Island Chronicles: A Devil’s Reach

Author Interviews: The Jekyll Island Chronicles

Kelli Lowers, Young Adult Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Jekyll Island Chronicles is a graphic novel series that combines historical elements with steampunk to create an alternate take on post-World War I history.


author John Katzenbach with librarian Ana Campos

An Interview With Best Selling Author John Katzenbach

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Every year our library sends a team of Spanish speaking librarians to the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico to purchase Spanish books. The selected books are new material from Mexican and Latin American publishing houses, most of which are difficult to find in the U.S.


Local L.A. author, Darcy Fray

Local Author is California Indie Author Project Winner!

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

We are thrilled to report that one of our local L.A. authors, Darcy Fray, has taken the top prize in Young Adult Fiction for her book, The Unofficially Official Files of Dr. Gordon B. Gray.


American self-trained historian and author Barbara Tuchman

A Week to Remember: Barbara W. Tuchman

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 28, 2019

Barbara W. Tuchman was born on January 30, 1912. Tuchman was a writer of popular history whose goal was to make history accessible and entertaining to the non-historian. Her output was small, fewer than a dozen books, but her work has remained popular decades after its original publication.


Polish composer Witold Lutosławski

Music Memories: Witold Lutosławski

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 25, 2019

Witold Lutosławski was born on January 25, 1913. Lutosławski was a Polish composer who strove for artistic integrity throughout his career, despite the restrictions imposed by the Polish and Soviet governments.


Image of Central Library Video Wall

Central's Giant Video Wall is a Venue for Film, Digital Art, and Animation

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, January 24, 2019

Los Angeles Central Library is the crown jewel of our library system, a temple to knowledge visited by 5,000 people a day.


stylized view of the parking structure on first and olive

RIP Parking Lot 17

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Have you been by the corner of First Street and Olive recently? Remember that ugly structure where you parked when you had jury duty? Familiarly referred to as the Erector Set or Tinker Toy garage, the infamous parking structure is no longer there.


Author Marie Benedict and her latest novel, The Only Women in the Room

Interview With an Author: Marie Benedict

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art history, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law.


Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.

A Week to Remember: Edith Wharton

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.


LA Made logo surrounded by photos of performers

Celebrate the City with LA Made

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, January 19, 2019

Get ready, we're preparing to launch Season 4 of the LA Made cultural programming series on February 1, 2019!


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