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    • D.J. Waldie interview

    • Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Biography; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Politics and government; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles Region (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    • D.J. Waldie discusses his book, “Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles.” He begins by explaining how the book is a compilation of essays on the meaning of place in Los Angeles. He stresses the importance of building community within Los Angeles...
    • R.J. Smith interview

    • African Americans - California - Los Angeles - Intellectual life - 20th century; African American arts - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African American neighborhoods - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century;...
    • R.J. Smith discusses his book, “The Great Black Way.” He begins by discussing some of the historical figures that his book explores, such as, Chester Himes who fathered the black detective novel. He explains how in the 1940s when President Franklin...
    • Cupcake Brown interview

    • San Francisco (Calif.) - Biography; San Diego (Calif.) - Biography; Inner cities - California - San Diego; African Americans - California - San Diego - Social conditions; African American families - California - San Diego; African Americans -...
    • Cupcake Brown discusses her book, “A Piece of Cake.” She begins by explaining that the book is a memoir of her life. Her story starts when she was eleven years old and her mother dies unexpectedly. She is then subjected to a series of abusive...
    • MaryEllen Bell Ray interview

    • Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History - Juvenile literature; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History - Juvenile literature; Watts (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History; Los Angeles (Calif.) - History
    • MaryEllen Bell Ray discusses her book, “The City of Watts.” She begins by explaining that this book came from an oral history project on the city of Watts, California. She talks about the history of Watts and how it was a great place to settle...
    • Sandra Tsing Loh interview, 2001

    • Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Social life and customs - Humor; Loh, Sandra Tsing - Homes and haunts - California - Los Angeles; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Social life and customs - Humor; Loh, Sandra Tsing; Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) -...
    • Sandra Tsing Loh discusses her book, “ A Year in Van Nuys.” She begins by explaining while this book may seem like an autobiography it is really a combination of fact and fiction. She talks about how people like the voice of an author to be in...
    • David Weddle interview

    • Rich people - California - Beverly Hills; Celebrities - California - Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - History; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Social conditions; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Biography
    • David Weddle discusses his book, “Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust, and Land in Beverly Hills.” He begins by explaining that his book is about the history of Beverly Hills and how real estate developers have built a myth surrounding...
    • Rupert Holmes interview

    • Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.) - Fiction; Women composers - Fiction; Jazz musicians - Fiction; San Francisco (Calif.) - Fiction
    • Rupert Holmes discusses his book, "Swing: A Mystery." The story takes place in San Francisco circa 1940. All of the locations mentioned in the book were (and are) real locations. The main character is a band leader named Ray. He is involved...
    • Tony Cohan interview

    • Cohan, Tony - Homes and haunts - California; Cohan, Tony - Childhood and youth; Cohan, Tony - Family; Novelists, American - 20th century - Biography; Terminally ill parents - California; Fathers and sons - California; Hollywood (Los Angeles,...
    • Tony Cohan discusses his book, “Native State.” He begins by discussing his last book, which was a memoir called “On Mexican Time” and was more of a travel narrative. He then explores his new book and how it is a memoir chronicling his life as the...
    • Lou Cannon interview, 1997

    • King, Rodney; Los Angeles (Calif.). Police Dept; Riots - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; Racism - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century; African Americans - Civil rights - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th...
    • Lou Cannon discusses his book, “Official Negligence.” He begins the interview by explaining what caused the Watts riots and how the courts ruled against Rodney King. He describes how he was a journalist for the Washington Post and came to Los...
    • Dominick Dunne interview

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Pictorial works; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Social life and customs; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Intellectual life - 20th century; Authors, American - 20th century - Biography; Motion picture producers...
    • Dominick Dunne discusses his book, “The Way We Lived Then.” He explains how the work began as a picture book and later evolved into a book chronicling Dunne’s famous Hollywood parties and social soirees. The collection of photographs, featuring...
    • Laurie King interview

    • San Francisco (Calif.) - Fiction; Married women - Fiction; Murder victims' families - Fiction; San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 - Fiction; British - California - San Francisco - Fiction; Women private investigators - California -...
    • Laurie King discusses her book, “Locked Rooms.” She begins by explaining that the book follows the character of Mary Russell who is married to Sherlock Holmes. In the book, Mary and her husband travel to San Francisco where Mary must claim her...
    • Heather Woodbury interview

    • New York (N.Y.) - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; City and town life - Fiction; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) - Fiction
    • Heather Woodbury discusses her play, “Tale of 2cities.” She begins by explaining that the play traces the impact of the Dodgers’ 1957 move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. The play is in six acts, which are separated into two parts. The story charts...
    • Ray Bradbury interview, 2004 May

    • Actresses - Fiction; Older women - Fiction; Motion picture actors and actresses - Fiction; Private investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
    • Ray Bradbury discusses his book, “Let’s All Kill Constance." He explains that the plot is set in 1960s Los Angeles and follows an unnamed writer who serves as the novel’s narrator. The mystery begins with a visit from an aging Hollywood actress...
    • Michael Tolkin interview

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Michael Tolkin discusses his novel, “The Return of the Player.” He begins by detailing the plot of his newest novel, which follows the character Griffin Mill, who was introduced in one of his earlier novels, “The Player.” The plot of Tolkin’s book...
    • Cecilia Rasmussen interview, 1998 November

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles County (Calif.) - History;
    • Cecilia begins the interview talking the sometimes “unique” and often “unknown” people that contributed to the development of LA. Connie and Cecilia spend the majority of the interview talking about the unconventional individuals, like Joseph...
    • Patricia Smiley interview

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Women detectives - California - Los Angeles - Fiction; Consulting firms - Fiction; Business consultants - Fiction; Sinclair, Tucker (Fictitious character) - Fiction
    • Patricia Smiley discusses her book, “Cover Your Assets.” She begins by detailing the plot of the novel, which is the second book in the Tucker Sinclair series. Tucker Sinclair is a Los Angeles business consultant who must solve the mysterious...
    • Benjamin Stein interview, 1985

    • Adult child abuse victims - Fiction; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Fiction; Los Angeles (Calif.) - Fiction; Motion picture industry - Fiction
    • Benjamin Stein discusses his novel, “Her Only Sin.” He begins by introducing his main character, a woman who suffered abuse as a child and can’t tell the difference between real life and movies. This woman grows up to run the largest movie studio...
    • Dorothy Rice interview, 1998

    • Rice, Dorothy - Themes, motives; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - In art; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Description and travel
    • Dorothy Rice discusses her book, “Beverly Hills with Love.” She describes how she wanted to do a series of paintings on her hometown of Beverly Hills, California. She picked memorable landmarks in the city and posed her friends outside them for...
    • Margaret Burk interview

    • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) - History; Ambassador Hotel
    • Margaret Burk discusses her book, “Are the Stars Out Tonight?” She begins by explaining the appeal the Ambassador hotel held for the people of Hollywood in the early twentieth century. She explains how in the 1940s she started working at the hotel...
    • Jennifer Colt interview

    • Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Fiction; Twins - Fiction; Sisters - Fiction; Women private investigators - California - Beverly Hills - Fiction
    • Jennifer Colt discusses her book, “The Butcher of Beverly Hills.” She begins by discussing the title of the book and how she hoped to convey the comical nature of the novel. She then details the plot of the book, which follows the story of two...

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