Paperback L.A. Launch Party May 26

On May 26, 7:30 p.m., Prospect Park Books and the Last Bookstore invite you to join us in marking the publication of Paperback LA Book 1, A Casual Anthology: Clothes. Coffee. Crushes. Crimes.

The event is free and open to the public. Let us know you’re coming!

427374_10150762524891654_1318088323_nA high-spirited panel of six madly Angelistic writers and photographers— all Paperback LA contributors — will enliven the reception and signing with pub-style “So You Think You Know LA?” quiz based on mysteries and secrets revealed in Paperback LA for the very first (or second) time. Join YA/graphic novelist Cecil Castellucci, writer-curator Victoria Dailey, author-photographer Robert Landau, organizer-photographer Justin Andrew Marks, novelist/ journalist Hector Tobar, author/academic Victor Valle along with editor Susan LaTempa and publisher Colleen Dunn Bates for a first look at a witty and surprising new collection of work about LA.

PaperbackLA-cover-small-250x358In the company of a virtuosic band of storytellers, Paperback LA roams across the decades, from just after the Mission era to just after Hollywood’s golden age, from the post-hardcore punk scene to a reimagined today. With Susan Sontag, we visit Thomas Mann. With Paul Beatty, we turn a Metro ride into a PCH party. With Héctor Tobar, we search for people who lived somewhere around here. With Victoria Dailey, we look in on the boys in the backroom. Cecil Castelucci takes us to a time when punk ruled Silver Lake. We step with Victor Valle through a suburban backyard into rural Mexico. We watch Sandy Koufax’s perfect game with Vin Scully. We go body-surfing with Eve Babitz. And more.

In three photo essays, our eyes are drawn to uniquely LA street views, an afternoon at a skate park, and the very personal experience of a mass protest march.

The Last Bookstore was founded in 2005 and now is a 6,000 square foot landmark gathering space with new and used books and records for sale and a lot more going on, including exhibitions, readings, book club meetings. Here’s the FB Event page for updates. There are driving, parking and subway directions on the Last Bookstore website.

Can’t make it? Here’s how to get your copies.  


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