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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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



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 […]



Sneak Peek: The Writer’s Cut with Damon Lindelof and Joel Stein

Jun 08, 2016

This Friday, June 10th, the Library Foundation’s sixth episode of “The Writer’s Cut” returns to the stage with one of today’s most captivating apocalyptic television trailblazers. Damon Lindelof, creator, executive producer, and showrunner for HBO’s The Leftovers, and creator/showrunner of Lost, will go behind-the-scenes of his otherworldly shows. Lindelof will be in conversation with writer/journalist […]



Building a Future for Future Leaders

Jun 01, 2016

For over 80 years, the Summer Reading Club has been providing the children and teens of Los Angeles with free enrichment opportunities to close the gap of the “summer slump” during their school break. Through fun themes, activities, workshops, performances, and free lunches the Summer Reading Club fosters a love for reading and libraries for […]



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 […]



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