Paperback LA: A Casual Anthology Book 1

A Casual Anthology, Book I: Clothes, Coffee, Crushes, Crimes

Edited by Susan LaTempa

May 2018

Flexibound | $19.95
ISBN 978-1-945551-24-6

Ebook | $12.99
ISBN 978-1-945551-25-3

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The casual anthology LA has been waiting for, rich with insight, humor, personality, history, modernity, and great writers old and new.

Paperback LA is the perfect blend of tales and riffs, of words and pictures. It’s like having a friend who tells you about this great book or article they just read and then sends you some good bits so you don’t have to wait to get the flavor. You can read it by the pool if you’re staying in a motel, and talk to your friends in between selections. You can put it on your nightstand and read a little to get your mind moving in a different direction when you wake up in the middle of the night worrying about something or other. We’ve been saving up the good bits for years, and we keep finding more. You know: those phrases or passages or chapters or moments or jokes that just seem right. Descriptions or scenes that strike us as true, whether or not we’ve been in the place or lived the scene.

Paperback LA will include pieces by Eve Babitz and Susan Sontag; Vin Scully’s call of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game; excerpts from such seminal LA fiction as Hector Tobar’s Barbarian Nurseries; photography essays; and new work by such writers as Victoria Dailey.

Contributors to Paperback LA

Susan Sontag, Eve Babitz, Vin Scully, William Heath Davis, Victoria Dailey, Héctor Tobar, Arna Bontemps, Carlos Bulosan, Clancy Sigal, Dan Bern, Victor and Mary Lau Valle, Paul Beatty, 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 LA’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 LA.

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