Paperback L.A. is a new-school “casual anthology” series. Here are comments from the press, as well as essays and related posts by contributors.
From Topanga’s Messenger Mountain News, “New Books for the New Year” December 28, 2018 by Flavia Potenza
Susan LaTempa’s . . . new paperback anthologies celebrate a wonderfully eclectic and quirky selection of Los Angeles culture and her selections for these two anthologies reflect her knowledge of and love for Los Angeles. . . . Volume One, subtitled “Clothes, Coffee, Crushes, Crimes,” features selections from Eve Babirz, Susan Sontag, Victoria Dailey, and Hector Tobar. It has photo essays, short stories, essays, excerpts from historical documents, selections from memoirs, a collection of one-liners, and a transcript from a Vin Scully broadcast.
Volume Two, “Studios, Salesmen, Shrines, Surf Spots,” features an excerpt from Ray Bradbury’s 1985 novel, “Death Is a Lonely Business,” among other authors. It also includes. . . photo essays on urban cycling culture and urban wild birds, reflections on a vanished Japanese fishing community at Terminal Island, and a recipe for avocados.
. . . In addition to being fascinating and informative, the collections are witty, clever, and just plain fun.
From L.A. Magazine’s “The Best Books About L.A. of 2018” Dec. 24, 2018 by Chris Nichols
It was a good year for LA-centric non-fiction. Here are some of our faves.
Paperback L.A. edited by Susan LaTempa
“Three rat-a-tat volumes reflecting city life are a little manic, spanning the centuries, cultures, and distant geography of the city. But they feel so alive. The machine-gun assemblage brings together Ray Bradbury, downtown protesters, a recent SNL skit, and a Dodge game that Vin Scully called more than a half century ago, but it all works together to give a sniff and a taste of the mosaic landscape here. Genius.”
From KCET “Best of 2018” Dec. 20, 2018 by poet/essayist Mike Sonksen
From L.A. History to Poetry: 23 Notable Books for 2018
Paperback L.A. Books 1 & 2, Edited by Susan LaTempa. Prospect Park Books.
The first two books of this eventual [three]-book series move across nearly 200 years of Southern California history. Moving from Native American roots to the Mission era to early Hollywood to race relations in the 1940s to hardcore punk to Dodger baseball and Vin Scully, this series of stories and vintage photos aims to create a new-school anthology. Book One includes Eve Babitz, Paul Beatty, Susan Sontag, Vin Scully, Hector Tobar, and Victor Valle among others and Book Two includes Ray Bradbury, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Gilmartin and a rare short story by Chester Himes along with several others. The mix of short fiction, architectural criticism, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and even a recipe, make these two titles unique among the dozens of anthologies celebrating Literary Los Angeles. Both titles are stand-alone collections but the brief nature of most of the pieces make for quick reads that bring a new dimension to the city’s literary canon.
From Bibliocracy Radio
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Host Andrew Tonkovitch interviews editor Susan LaTempa, June 24, 2018 about the just-published Paperback L.A. Book 1, A Casual Anthology: Clothes. Coffee. Crushes. Crimes.
He says, “I’m a pretty rigorous reader and I learned so much. I was captivated so many stories of which I was not aware. I was introduced to a couple of writers I’m embarrassed to say I did not know.” He describes Book 1 as “gems all carefully curated and put together in a beautiful volume that you’ll be proud to show off and also to read which has visual, fiction, and Paperback L.A. edited by Susan LaTempa nonfiction.” Click to listen to the interview here:
From Prospect Park Books’ blog June 11, 2018
A report on our book launch at The Last Bookstore and on recent essays from editor and contributors. Click here to read: Paperback L.A. Book 1 Launch- Prospect Park Books.
From Literary Hub- The Best of the Literary Internet
Victoria Dailey’s contribution to Paperback L.A. is selected for Lit Hub’s “New Non-Fiction” highlight on June 8, 2018. Click here to read her article.
HOW LA BECAME A DESTINATION ON THE RARE BOOK TRAIL
IN THE 1930S, BOOKSTORES WERE A HAVEN ARTISTS, ACTORS, AND RACONTEURS
From Shelf Awareness, May 8, 2018
Book News for Pros and Readers.
On our publication date, Paperback L.A.’s video by Matt Kresling is selected for “Booker Trailer of the Day.”
Watch the video: