Category Archives: Books

Summer Is Fast Approaching: Time to Read and Also Enjoy Online Events at the L.A. Public Library

Gail Kim, children’s librarian at the Palisades Branch Library, wrote Circling the News on June 4 to say that even though the  library is still closed, there are lots of opportunities, starting with the “Summer Reading Challenge.” “Believe it or … Continue reading

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L.A. Public Library Seeks Items from Residents to Document ‘Shelter-at-Home’ Experience

The L.A. Public Library (LAPL) is asking that Los Angeles residents help document what they did or saw during the Covid-19 Stay-at-Home period. Led by Kelly Wallace, a LAPD librarian in the history department, and Digitalization and Special Collections librarian … Continue reading

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This Bookselling Caper Stirs Echoes of Philip Marlowe

BY BOB VICKREY During my long career in book publishing, I was often accused by sales managers of enhancing my weekly marketing reports with excessive details. One manager, in particular, took a gentle shot in my direction at a company … Continue reading

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Woody Allen’s Memoir, ‘Apropos of Nothing,’ Is a Must Read If You’re Interested in Fairness & Comedy

Hachette Book Group said it would not publish Woody Allen’s memoir “Apropos of Nothing” because Allen’s “son” Ronan Farrow objected. A new company, Arcade, stepped up and released it – and I purchased a copy out of a sense of … Continue reading

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Noted Artist Anthony Pearson Supplies Much-Needed Books at Little Free Libraries in the Palisades

“I’ve noticed three times in the past week boxes of discarded books left in the rain,” long-time Pacific Palisades resident Anthony Pearson wrote on Nextdoor on April 12. “I know it can be difficult to find a home for these … Continue reading

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Books Are a Hard Commodity to Come By, But We Still Have Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood

We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too. – Anonymous In a March 31 L.A. Times Op-Ed piece (“Marijuana’s Essential, So Why Not Books?”), the author asks, “Why should it be easier to buy marijuana than a good book at … Continue reading

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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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