A Book Lover’s Exploration of Los Angeles
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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A witty and insightful book on the culture, people, humor, and zeitgeist of L.A.

Read Me L.A. by Katie Orphan (manager of the famed Last Bookstore in Los Angeles) is an illustrated guidebook to all things literary L.A. past and present, featuring interviews with current Los Angeles writers, maps, day trips to follow the paths of your favorite fictional characters from Marlowe to Weetzie Bat, lists to expand your L.A. reading horizons, and a look at where writers have lived and worked in the City of Angels.

About the Author

Katie Orphan was the long-time manager of The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles, where she worked 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. Now the manager at Libreria Bookshop in Hollywood, Orphan lives in Los Angeles.

Selected Writers Showcased in
Read Me L.A. 

Eve Babitz • David Ulin • Luis Valdez

Naomi Hirahara • Raymond Chandler

Ray Bradbury • Octavia Butler • John Fante

Charles Bukowski • James M. Cain

John Didion • Liska Jacobs • Jerry Stahl

and many more!