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James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department



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The California Fiction Index: Invitation to Explore Los Angeles Neighborhoods

June 30, 2020

Aldous Huxley described Los Angeles as “nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis"—and didn’t mean it as a compliment. In fact, the diversity of Los Angeles is one of its greatest strengths.

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Autobiographical Audiobooks, Read by the Author

June 24, 2020

Actor biographies are consistently one of the most popular parts of the Literature Department holdings. The extremely large collection features biographies and autobiographies of film stars, comedians, and television performers.

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A Room of One's Own: Reading While Sheltering in Place

April 28, 2020

Sure we’re still staying put, and while social distancing has nipped our spring plans in the bud, it’s also great to have the time to slow down and read! Why not take a look at some fiction about people who are also sheltering in place?

Tessa Kelso, former City Librarian

Tessa Kelso: Library Hall of Famer

March 19, 2019

As the Los Angeles Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate to remember Tessa Kelso, sixth city librarian for Los Angeles (1889-1895).

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Contemporary French Literature in Translation

April 25, 2018

If you are a fan of contemporary French fiction, we hope you can take part in selecting the Albertine Prize, a reader's choice award for best contemporary French fiction in translation.

John Lee and the cover of four of the audiobooks he has narrated

Reading Aloud: Interview with John Lee, Audiobook Narrator

April 04, 2018

John Lee has acted in productions at theatres around the country and is about to embark on the role of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Parson’s Nose Theatre in Pasadena.

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Three Asian Angeleño Mysteries

May 23, 2017

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, why not read a mystery? Try these three great mystery writers of Asian Angeleño heritage who plot intriguing yarns and use the settings of Los Angeles as a background as well as a point of departure.

Book of Sonnets

The Enduring Popularity of Shakespeare's Sonnets

January 20, 2017

This Saturday, January 21, at 2 PM in the Taper Auditori

Joseph Hansen

Remembering Joseph Hansen: Father of the Gay Mystery Novel

June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days. The best novels do this now as they have always done it. It is a noble thing.”

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Love Poetry at the Library

February 14, 2015

Locating Love Poetry in the Literature Department

Desperate for something special for that someone special this Valentine's Day? Ask yourself: what's more moving, more enduring, and much cheaper than flowers?