Fifth & Flower

ALOUD Summer Preview: Eddie Huang

May 20, 2016

Over the last few years, Eddie Huang has catapulted to international fame as a young, hip chef, a bestselling author, and T.V. personality. Beneath the limelight, Huang’s something more akin to a cultural anthropologist fearlessly exploring many offbeat paths to make sense of his place in the world. First, he brought old school Taiwanese street […]



Surf’s Up With Pulitzer Prize Winner William Finnegan

May 17, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, ALOUD welcomes back to the Pacific coast William Finnegan, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for biography and New Yorker staff writer. Finnegan’s award-winning new memoir, Barbarian Days, follows his lifelong adventures of chasing waves all over the world. From Guam, Samoa, Fiji to Africa, Finnegan vividly describes how his […]



Spend the Summer with ALOUD

Apr 29, 2016

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This summer, our critically-acclaimed ALOUD series welcomes memoirists, musicians, poets, novelists, journalists and others to the historic downtown Central Library and beyond for an exciting season of conversations, readings, and performances. Starting the season off with a bang, on Thursday, Jun. 2, ALOUD presents Eddie Huang – chef, food personality, bestselling Fresh Off the Boat […]



The Library Store reopens!

Apr 20, 2016

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  After four long months, The Library Store will finally reopen to the public on Friday, April 29. With a sleek new design by Cory Grosser + Associates, the new store will feature a new layout, new fixtures, and even more merchandise for shoppers, including new custom jewelry, original Los Angeles Public Library-themed items (Socks! […]



Navigating Dual Worlds with Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Apr 19, 2016

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“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from both […]



Head of the Class

Apr 14, 2016

On a Tuesday morning this past January, Central Library’s Taper Auditorium filled with the flashes of cameras, the uplifting lull of “Pomp and Circumstance,” and a royal blue tide of caps and gowns. But this was not your typical graduation ceremony. “This is a city of second chances—Los Angeles defines itself that way. We are […]



Well-Versed for National Poetry Month

Apr 06, 2016

For fans of free and blank verse who will be celebrating all things poetry this April for National Poetry Month, the Library Foundation and ALOUD can help you get your poetry fix. This weekend Members of the Library Foundation will gather with participating authors of the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at the 5th Annual […]



Coming Soon: A Very L.A. Spelling Bee

Mar 07, 2016

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On Saturday, March 19, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library will host an unprecedented dual language English and Spanish spelling bee in the Mark Taper Auditorium of downtown’s historic Central Library. During this unique event hosted by author, lecturer, OC Weekly editor, and word expert Gustavo Arellano, participants of […]



From the Archives: The Historic Architecture of the Oscars

Feb 26, 2016

With preparations for the 88th Academy Awards well underway this week, did you know that this star-studded event did not always take place in the epicenter of the Hollywood drag? Right around the corner from the downtown Central Library, the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel was the founding site for the Oscars when the Academy of […]



A Life in Photography: Sebastião Salgado at ALOUD

Feb 24, 2016

“I am not a social photographer. I am not an economic photographer. I’m not a photojournalist. Photography is much more than that. Photography is my life. It’s my way of life, and my language,” explained Sebastião Salgado when he spoke to The New York Times last spring. For over 40 years, Salgado has been communicating […]



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