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


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Breeze Through Some L.A. Stories

The Paperback L.A. series is a freewheeling collection of three 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 browse-able batch of tales, each volume presents three photo essays, vividly representing the visual city. Collect all three 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 Wonder Bread 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—and more. Plus, photo essays on “Motion and Stasis,” “Hometown Gold,” “The Right Notes,” and “Nowhere.”

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.

Editor Susan LaTempa Talks about Paperback L.A.

Don’t miss The Argonaut‘s interview with Susan LaTempa! Hear more about Susan’s plans for combating the common clichés of Los Angeles and the inspiration behind the third book the the series.

Praise for Paperback L.A.

“A comprehensive embrace of the city that has always resisted comprehension.”
Paul Mandelbaum, Los Angeles Review of Books

“The best damn literary curating I’ve seen in a long time.”
Doug Stokes, LA Car

Susan LeTempa is back, with Volume 3 of her incredible series from Prospect Park Books, Paperback LA:  A Casual Anthology.  This one is, titled, joyfully “Secrets, Sigalerts, Ravines, Records.”  Once again, this compendium meets literary-artistic collage includes both new discoveries and reminders, with a multi-form collection including fiction, nonfiction, photography, lists, a free-form provocation which, after reading, will force readers to pursue recommended or featured writers, topics, historical moments, artists and places.  It’s a little hard to describe but you will know it — and love it! — when you see it and, helpfully, hear about it from series editor Susan La Tempa, who dreamed up this gorgeous project, and is back again, happily, in Studio C to talk about the third, and final installment of Paperback LA.”
Andrew Tonkovich, Host of Bibliocracy Radio on KPFK and Editor of Santa Monica Review

Contributors to Paperback L.A. Book 3

Ann Elliott Cutting •  Patricia Freeman

River Garza • Jonathan Gold • Alexandra Hedison

Gilbert Hernandez • Warren Hill

Kovi Konowiecki • Lou Mathews

Carey McWilliams • Don Normark

Lisa See • Harry Shearer

R.J. Smith • C.A. Storke • Stuart Timmons

Rosanne Welch • Maritta Wolff

and Karen Tei Yamashita

The Paperback L.A. Website

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