A Casual Anthology: Studios. Salesmen. Shrines. Surfspots.
Edited by Susan LaTempa

October 2018

Flexibound | $19.95
ISBN 978-1-945551-37-6
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ISBN 978-1-945551-36-9
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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Paperback L.A. discussion at your local library.


Paperback L.A. Book 1
May 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-24-6
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-25-3
Paperback L.A. Book 3
Coming April 2019
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-49-9
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-50-5

Surf Some L.A. Stories

The Paperback L.A. collection of compelling, often witty Los Angeles writing is a new-school “casual anthology” series that honors roots, branches, blossoms, and seeds. Paperback L.A. brings historic sweep, humor, fresh perspectives, and new information to each stand-alone anthology. Overall, these books, connected by an up-to-date attitude and an inclusive curiosity, explore the idea of what “It says L.A.” means to readers today.

In Paperback L.A. Book 2, a stand-alone collection of stories and photos, we’ve discovered fresh and sometimes newly available accounts by historians, essayists, and eyewitnesses of events and ideas from many time periods. Glimpse life here before European contact, get a child star’s view of Old Hollywood, pursue the story behind a disappeared community, and revel in a satire of L.A. race relations in the 1940s. Our storytellers use fiction, memoir, a recipe, a timeline, and architectural criticism to convey a sense of place while talking about auto racing, the Persian diaspora, agriculture, youth culture, and many other subjects. Plus photo essays on wild birds, urban cyclists, and neighborhoods.

Paperback L.A.’s authors know their L.A.s, so leave your cliché meter at home and travel with us through places you may have been to but never read about before: high-rise condo corridors in Westwood or an auto racetrack in Beverly Hills, a bank in Van Nuys or a vacant lot on Old Malibu Road. We’ll meet you at the movie studio’s elephant corral—or in the mustard fields in El Monte!

Contributors to Paperback L.A. Book 2

José Arnaz •  Colleen Dunn Bates • Ray Bradbury • 

Helen Brown • Diana Serra Cary (Baby Peggy) •

Jim Gavin  •  Wendy Gilmartin • Eric Gutierrez •

Chester Himes • Naomi Hirahara • Preston Lerner •

H.E. Lougheed • Benjamin Madley •

Danny Martinez • Gina B. Nahai  • 

Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez • Michelle Shocked

Ann Summa Hartmut Walter 

The Paperback L.A. Website

Check out Paperback L.A., the Site, for event news, trivia quizzes, excerpts, and more.

About the Editor

Susan LaTempa is a Los Angeles editor. At LA Style, West Coast Plays, Padua Hills Theater Festival, WestwaysThe Los Angeles Times, and Liberty Hill Foundation, she’s worked with journalists, playwrights, novelists, recipe developers, landscapers, photographers, and videographers. She’s concentrated on addressing L.A.’s vast, cosmopolitan audiences, in the process helping shape dozens of memorable articles, reviews, memoirs, parodies, essays, theater pieces, and videos that have illuminated so many aspects of L.A.