Edited by Colleen Dunn Bates

Hardcover | $29.95
ISBN 978-1-938849-99-2
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A gorgeous new book that unlocks the insider secrets of Pasadena and environs

Want proof that Pasadena is the best small city in America? Look no further than Hometown Pasadena, the visually rich, masterfully written celebration of the Crown City and its satellites: San Marino, La Cañada, Altadena, South Pasadena, and beyond. From the Kenton Nelson painting on the cover, to essays by the city’s best writers, to food lovers’ favorite haunts, to architectural walks, to interviews with the most fascinating locals, to profiles of the museums, this handsome hardcover book has it all, and then some.

Here’s editor Colleen Bates talking about some insider Pasadena secrets on the popular podcast LifeHacksLA:

Just a few of the contributors. Clockwise from top left: Chris Erskine, Lynell George, Naomi Hirahara, Larry Wilson, Lian Dolan, and Roberta Martinez.

Inside Hometown Pasadena

• Essays by Lian Dolan, Lynell George, Chris Erskine, Naomi Hirahara, Larry Wilson, Roberta Martínez, and Pseudonymous Bosch

• Beautiful photography by Keegan Dunn, Karol Franks, Paul Click, Jennifer Cheung, and Steven Nilsson

• Wise words on history, arts, culture, architecture, hikes, neighborhoods, food, and more

• Chats with two dozen notable locals, including preservationist Sue Mossman, comedian Maria Bamford, Assemblyman Chris Holden, musician
Phoebe Bridgers, the late writer Jonathan Gold, Funky Junk Farms’s Johnny Agnew, Ted the Goldendoodle, and restaurateurs Jo & John Wee (Daisy Mint and Fig Sprout)

• The whimsically illustrated “Perfectly Pasadenan,” an irreverent guide to the types of folks who live in this dynamic, diverse community.

• Cover art by Pasadena’s own Kenton Nelson

• Insights, amusements, and inspirations

Just a few of the remarkable locals in Hometown Pasadena. Clockwise from upper left: Johnny Agnew, Christine Moore, Phoebe Bridgers, Ruth Williamson, John & Jo Wee, and Maria Bamford.