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Author Stuart Turton and his latest novel, The Last Murder at the End of the World
Photo of author: Charlotte Graham
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, June 13, 2024

Stuart Turton is the best selling author of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and...


collage of Star Wars book and movie premier

Star Wars Galaxy: These Are the Books You're Looking For

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, May 25, 2024

Still can't get enough of Star Wars? May the 4th beckoning you back? Well, then, immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series. Now, including all titles through May of 2024.

Star Wars logo type and blue and red lightsabers

May the Force be With You

Salvadora Sosa Prieto, Administrative Clerk, Multilingual Collections, Friday, May 24, 2024

In the galaxy of entertainment, few events rival the impact of May 25th, 1977. It marked the birth of an intergalactic saga that would captivate hearts and minds across the cosmos.

Authors John Shen Yen Nee and SJ Rozan and their novel, The Murder of Mr. Ma

Interview With an Author: John Shen Yen Nee & SJ Rozan

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 23, 2024

John Shen Yen Nee is a half-Chinese, half Scottish American media executive, producer and entrepreneur who was born in Knoxville, grew up in San Diego and is now based in Los Angeles, with a penchant for very l

Sample pages from VVV, 246 Little Clouds, The Four Suits, and Every Building on the Sunset Strip

Looking at Art: Modern Multiples

Art Department, Central Library, Wednesday, May 22, 2024

In this installment of book treasures in our Special Collections, we will be looking at broadly distributed multiples: materials that are expressive with experimentation similar in energy to a modern-day zine.

New Year lion in New Chinatown

Harry Quillen’s Chinatown

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, May 20, 2024

Photographer Harry Quillen loved the circus, and during the 1940s, he enthusiastically captured the light-hearted spirit of the traveling show with his large format camera.

Phoenix Bakery in early 1940s Central Plaza, current Phoenix outdoor sign and menu cover with Sing Song

A Slice of Chinatown Life: Phoenix Bakery and the Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake

Vi Ha, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, May 17, 2024

Long-time visitors of Chinatown will be very familiar with the storefront with Sing Song, a Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) drawn logo of a bashful little boy in a traditional Chinese haircut with a robe holding a box behind his back

Author Douglas Westerbeke and his latest book, A Short Walk Through a Wide World

Interview With an Author: Douglas Westerbek

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 16, 2024

Douglas Westerbeke is a librarian who lives in Ohio and works at one of the largest libraries in the US.

Advertisement from the Los Angeles City Directory, 1918, LAPL City and Street Directories Collection

Looking at Art: The Art of Advertising in Vintage California Business Directories

Maya Peterpaul, Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Vintage city directories contained alphabetized lists of the names of residents and their street addresses (if they existed). Additional information could include their occupation, spouse, property ownership, and, in certain instances, after 1879—telephone numbers.

Dr. Leana Wen and her book, Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health

Interview With AAPI Author Dr. Leana Wen

, Librarian, Monday, May 13, 2024

Dr. Leana Wen (pronounced Lee-nah) is an emergency physician and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Collage of films and their adapted books

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, May 10, 2024

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.