A Casual Anthology: Secrets. SigAlerts. Ravines. Records.
Edited by Susan LaTempa

April 2019

Flexibound | $19.95
ISBN 978-1-945551-49-9
Ebook also available
ISBN 978-1-945551-50-5

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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 2
October 2018
Paperback ISBN 978-1-945551-37-6
ebook ISBN 978-1-945551-36-9


Sunday, May 5, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Book Launch at Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

Saturday, September 28
WeHo Reads
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Breeze Through Some L.A. Stories

The Paperback L.A. Casual Anthology series is a freewheeling collection of four stand-alone volumes, each offering an exuberant mix of snippets from novels, plays, cookbooks, broadcasts, magazine columns, memoirs and other writing by famous, infamous and recently remembered writers. Along with this happily browse-able batch of tales, each volume presents three photo essays, vividly representing the visual city. Collect all four to experience the joy and pleasure of mini-immersions in many eras and settings that gradually allow readers to form their own impressionistic picture of Los Angeles.

In Paperback L.A., A Casual Anthology Book 3, our contributors deftly command fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, magazine writing, memoir and other forms to conjure up visions of a Beverly Hills Wonderbread factory, the founding of the first sustained gay rights organization in the country, early 20th-century wagon-train settlers in Dodger Stadium area, a late 20th-century DTLA traffic tie-up that becomes a kind of symphony, a humorous 1940s novelty song whose refrain buoyed civil rights activists, the 1990s outrigger-team apprenticeship of a Tongva youth, the horrors of the dating life in Silver Lake—and more. Plus, photo essays on “Quiet L.A.,” “Delivering Flowers to Grandpa Jack in Long Beach,” and “The Gents of Blues and Protest.”

Contributors to Paperback L.A. Book 3

Ann Cutting •  Patricia Freeman • River Garza • 

Jonathan Gold • Reyna Grande •

Alexandra Hedison • Gilbert Hernandez •

Warren Hill • Kovi Konowiecki • Anita Loos •

Lisa See • Harry Shearer • R.J. Smith •

Bill Stern • Justin Tanner • Stuart Timmons •

Karen Tei Yamashita • Maritta Wolff •

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.