As we’ve officially entered the holiday season, it’s the time of year for reflection and gratitude. Like many Angelenos, we are thankful for the wonderful local literary community that is thriving around the Los Angeles Public Library, including ALOUD veteran and Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum. Before her critically acclaimed new book of essays, The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion, was published last month, we caught up with Daum about her love for the Los Angeles Public Library. “Every writer says this, but growing up, the library was my main place,” says Daum. “We moved a lot when I was younger and every time we would move it was like, ‘Here’s the library, so now you know where the library is—o.k., so now you’re here.’”
Daum has been no stranger to Central Library either. “I’m always so happy to come down here. I love the building—it’s an old building that feels like true L.A.” Daum referring to Central Library as “the genuine article” is the ultimate compliment from the author of several books concerned with the search for authenticity—including her newest collection as well as her celebrated first collection of essays, My Misspent Youth and her novel The Quality of Life Report.
Daum’s love for Central extends to her frequent appearances at ALOUD, where she has been in conversation with the likes of Jonathan Franzen (pictured above), Lionel Shriver, and Caille Millner. If you missed those events, you can listen to the free podcasts here—along with many other archived ALOUD programs.
And if you feel like sharing your love of the Los Angeles Public Library this season, consider becoming a Member of the Library Foundation. Now through December 31, when you become a Member, upgrade your existing Membership, or give the gift of Membership, a generous donor will match your gift dollar-for-dollar.