Exploring L.A.’s Book Culture
By Katie Orphan

March 2020

Hardcover | $35
ISBN 978-1-945551-68-0
Ebook | $14.99
ISBN 978-1-945551-69-7


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Is Los Angeles a bookish town? Hell yes!

Read Me, Los Angeles is a colorful, lively, and informed celebration of all things bookish in L.A. past and present, including interviews with current L.A. writers; day trips in search of favorite fictional characters, from Marlowe to Weetzie Bat; author quotes galore; curated lists of the must-read L.A. books, from fiction to history to poetry; a look at where writers have lived and worked in the City of Angels; and insight into the city’s literary festivals, bookstores, publishers, literacy nonprofits, libraries, and more. Rich with photographs, book images, and vintage maps.

Just a few of the writers showcased in
Read Me, Los Angeles 

Eve Babitz • David Ulin • Luis Rodriguez

Naomi Hirahara • Raymond Chandler

Ray Bradbury • Octavia Butler • John Fante

Michael Connelly • James M. Cain

Joan Didion • Liska Jacobs • Jerry Stahl

and many more!

About the author

Katie Orphan is the manager of Libreria L.A.; before that, she worked at the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. for a decade. The co-author of the Last Bookstore’s guide to downtown L.A. and the author of the recurring feature “Drinking with the Ghost” for the Los Angeles Review of Books, she’s been a longtime literary explorer. She earned a BA in English literature from Whitworth University and an MA in literature and history from the University of Sheffield, where she studied with experts in literary tourism. Orphan lives in Los Angeles, where she always finds new places to explore.