Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department


A stack of books related to the immigrant experience

Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience Through the Lens of Literature

February 19, 2020

In the spring of 2020, Los Angeles Public Library will host a series of five book discussion programs focusing on the immigrant experience.

Miri Koral Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture

Coming to America: Miri Koral's Immigrant Story and the Role of Yiddish in Her Life

January 31, 2020

Miri Koral is the Founding Director of the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language and a native speaker of Yiddish. She will be facilitating the book discussions for the Yiddish Book Center's "Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries, starting in February.

Picture L to R: Jackie Waterman, Helen Bialik, Armony Share, Joyce Sindel, Charlotte Gussin-Root, and Arlene Dunaetz

Six Jewish Girls in Boyle Heights

September 16, 2019

“I think it’s a wonderful thing to have this sort of situation occur because a memory is something that can’t be reconstructed after a person has died. And after a community’s elders pass away, they take with them a history that we can’t replicate any other way.

Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher

Interview With an Author: Susan Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

July 28, 2019

Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher are best friends who met during a Mommy and Me class back in 2004. Now, they collaborate on vibrant and meaningful children’s picture books, with Susan doing the writing and Courtenay providing the illustrations.

Author Felice Picano and his latest book

LA Made Series Features LGBT Writer Felice Picano

June 18, 2019

Felice Picano is an author whose work includes novels, stories, poetry, non-fiction, memoirs, plays, and film scripts, with international bestsellers and award winners. In Hollywood, he has worked with Cary Grant and director Frank Perry (Mommy Dearest), among others.

Jewish heritage posters with women in traditional dress

Jewish Heritage Month: Vintage Fashion Posters

May 02, 2019

May is Jewish Heritage Month, which recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In 2006, then-president George W.

Mark Greenside and his latest book (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

Interview With an Author: Mark Greenside

February 22, 2019

Brooklyn-born Mark Greenside is the author of the short-story collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife, a novella, The Night at the End of the Tunnel or Isaiah Can You

Man One and Scott Power

What Does it Take to Be a Graffiti Artist: An Artful Interview With Man One and Sourdough

September 24, 2018

Meet Crewest Studio founders Man One and Scott "Sourdough" Power.

Richard Foss wearing a top hat

A Tasty Talk With Food Critic and Author Richard Foss

August 03, 2018

Richard Foss has been a restaurant critic and food writer for over 30 years and has taught classes in culinary history and Elizabethan theater at UCLA Extension.

3 pictures of Nguyen Tran

Who is Nguyen Tran? An Interesting Interview With the Author

July 06, 2018

Meet Nguyen Tran - the unlikely banana suit-wearing, Virginia born, culturally confused Vietnamese-American son of Vietnam War refugees who settled in Dallas, TX. There, he worked at a dot.com before the first internet bubble burst.