Category Archives: Books

God, Moses and Kenny Turan

By BOB VICKREY After reading CTN’s story of Kenny Turan’s retirement from his post as senior film critic at the LA Times, I was reminded of a couple of spontaneous meetings at Dutton’s Brentwood Books on San Vicente Boulevard. As … Continue reading

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Kenneth Turan, Renowned L.A. Times Film Critic, Opts for Retirement, But Will Stay Busy 

By BILL BRUNS and SUE PASCOE On March 25, longtime Pacific Palisades resident Kenneth Turan tweeted: “After close to 30 years in the most exciting and rewarding of jobs, I am stepping away from being a daily film critic for the … Continue reading

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Hope Is a Good Thing—And Always Check One’s Sources

I received the following letter from a reader, who said that we are not alone, that F. Scott Fitzgerald suffered a like fate during the the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, that infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third … Continue reading

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“Josh & Foumiko: An Amusing Writing Couple” (January 1999)

(Editor’s note: Friends and family held a celebration of life for acclaimed writer Josh Greenfeld at the Palisades Library on February 29. His wife, Foumiko Kometani, is an artist and author. Posing as a reporter, Greenfeld penned an amusing story … Continue reading

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UPCOMING: Library Events for Children

Author Teresa Power Presents New Book Pacific Palisades resident and bestselling author Teresa Power will read her new book, “Yoga at the Zoo: Little Mouse Adventures,” at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real. … Continue reading

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Author Bree Barton Excites Young Writers at Revere

Bree Barton is completing a young-adult trilogy: “Heart of Thorns” (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2018), “Tears of Frost” (2019) and “Soul of Cinder” (due in 2021). But on February 12, Barton was hosting a writing workshop for middle-school students at Paul Revere. … Continue reading

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Rev. Peter Kreitler’s New Book, ‘Dear Father Peter,’ Is Illuminating and Insightful

The Reverend Canon Peter Gwillim Kreitler spoke to the Palisades Optimist Club on Tuesday about his new book, “Dear Father Peter: Forty-nine Years of Letters to a Priest.” The book, published by the Virginia Theological Seminary, features 160 of the … Continue reading

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Friends of Library Holiday Book Sale Offers Gift Opportunities on November 23 

There will be gifts for everyone on your list at the Friends of the Palisades Library’s annual Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, November 23. There will be hundreds of nearly new fiction and non-fiction, art books, cookbooks, coffee-table books, DVDs … Continue reading

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LETTER: Friends of the Library and the Community Read ‘Shelter Us’

Thanks for mentioning the Palisades Reads in your newsletter, and the recognition that Marie Steckmest organized a “Palisades Reads” event for “The Soloist.” I’m so happy that Marie’s Palisades Cares was one of the featured non-profits in the program from … Continue reading

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The Daunting Curse of Historians Will & Ariel Durant

  By BOB VICKREY As a newly married young man in my twenties, I belatedly discovered the pleasure of reading, and began my life-long love affair with books. I had recently taken a job with a book publishing firm, which … Continue reading

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