Fifth & Flower

Ann Patchett on Keeping Company With Books

Sep 13, 2016

Ann Patchett photo by Heidi Ross.

Ann Patchett is the international best-selling author of seven novels: The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and the just released Commonwealth. She has also written three books of nonfiction, but Patchett’s life’s work in books extends well beyond the act of writing. In 2011, after the last […]



ALOUD Fall Preview: Colson Whitehead

Sep 09, 2016

What if the “Underground Railroad” was not just a metaphorical mode of transportation? Sixteen years ago prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead was sitting on his couch imagining a fascinating premise for a new book… an actual subway that carried slaves to freedom… but a book entrenched in America’s brutal history seemed too daunting for the […]



Sneak Peek: John Landis, Man of Many Genres

Aug 18, 2016

The mastermind behind such wide-reaching works as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Kentucky Fried Movie, Trading Places, iThree Amigos!, Coming to America, American Werewolf in London, as well as the “Thriller” music video and the documentary Slasher, cannot be pinned down to a single genre, style, influence, or interest. On Wednesday, August 24, Lost & […]



A Summer Blast From the Past

Aug 09, 2016

From drag races to family birthday parties, from Buster Keaton dutifully serving as the honorary mayor of Woodland Hills to an airplane crash on Glenoaks Boulevard—a range of everyday and exceptional images chronicling the postwar suburban boom of the San Fernando Valley will get a second look. This summer, a three-yearlong initiative to organize over […]



Homegrown Ideas Transform the Library

Aug 03, 2016

Legos to develop literacy skills; a cart filled with mobile devices for trying out e-media; healthy cooking workshops for teens; drought resistant gardens to teach water conservation—these are just a sampling of the 13 projects that have received grants through IDEAS@LAPL, a program designed to foster staff empowerment and develop innovative ways to enhance the Los […]



8 Great Books: More Reading Recs for Members Month

Jul 28, 2016

This July is Members Month at the Library Foundation! As part of a month-long slate of special events and incentives to celebrate your support of the Los Angeles Public Library, we are hosting two free writing seminars with local writers. The first seminar took place last week, and the second seminar, Adapt This: A Consideration […]



5 Great Books: M.G. Lord’s Recs for Members Month

Jul 14, 2016

This July is Members Month at the Library Foundation! As part of a month-long slate of special events and incentives to celebrate your support of the Los Angeles Public Library, we are hosting two free writing seminars with local writers. The first seminar, Between Biography and Memoir: Balancing Research with Recollection, will take place next […]



Reimagining Central Library’s Rotunda with a Zapotec Worldview

Jul 08, 2016

Two Oaxacan artists have taken a creative approach to utilizing the resources of the Los Angeles Public Library—they’ve turned Central Library into their own studio space. From June 20 to July 17, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library welcome artists Darío Canul and Cosijoesa Cernas of the collective Tlacolulokos […]



Members Month Kicks Off!

Jul 01, 2016

Every day of the year we are grateful for our dedicated Members who love and support the Los Angeles Public Library. But for the whole month of July we are celebrating our Members in extra special ways! We invite current and prospective Members to join us this month in making a difference in the lives […]



Two GRAMMY Award-Winning Artists Intersect at ALOUD

Jun 16, 2016

On Monday, June 20, songwriters and authors Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry will share the ALOUD stage for Composed: The Intersection of Poetry and Song. The GRAMMY Award-winning artists will muse on the transcendent power of language and music and treat the audience to a special live performance. Before the duo serenade Central Library’s Mark […]