By Peter Richardson HistoryAccess. His publications include "American Prophet: He served from to as an English professor at the University of North Texas and, sincehas chaired the California Studies Association.
ReddIt Colleen Dunn Bates became a publisher almost in spite of herself. The office walls are lined with bookshelves and over-size cover images. On a Thursday afternoon, two staffers work on upcoming titles at computers, busy in a focused way. Prospect Park is one of several general interest presses that, together, are changing the perception that Southern California is not a landscape for publishing.
Just down the street, Red Hen Presswhich was founded inissues between 20 and 25 works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction every year. Its output is primarily literary fiction and works in translation. A post shared by Red Hen Press redhenpress on Mar 24, at 5: The idea, Heiser says, is to expand the sense of Southern California vision beyond what we might normally expect.
We support a younger literary community. In the back room of its Echo Park store-front, the nonprofit LA offers workshops for young writers; in Venice, the venerable literary center Beyond Baroque celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The death of the publishing industry has been greatly exaggerated, but imprints have expanded their attention beyond merely making books. Such activities help build an audience while also creating a more direct relationship between the press and its readership.
In addition, because Red Hen is a nonprofit, it receives input from donors, who help drive projects for the public and the page. Zeitlin served as mentor and colleague to Carey McWilliams and Aldous Huxley and helped bring the latter to California in What has changed since then is the publishing.
In some cases, those houses have fostered local talent. In others, they cast a wider net. Perhaps because of the primacy here of entertainments such as film and music, publishing has had a slower evolution in Los Angeles, but as the city has changed, diversifying and centralizing, so too has its literary life.
But the opportunities are different now. To some extent, this is a matter of money—never plentiful for publishers. Rare Bird runs a literary marketing business as well as releasing its own books and collaborating on occasion with other publishers. We have to ask: What are we bringing to the table that no one is?
Kissinger, a collection of stories set in Dhaka by the Bangladeshi writer K. The same is true for Prospect Park.
To sell 3, copies of a book is not profitable for one of the majors, but it can be for an independent press. Everyone chips in on edits and promotion; everyone has to wear a lot of hats.
The bad news is that the margins are so small. Amazon is the 8,pound gorilla, calling the shots, making it difficult for booksellers, which makes it difficult for us. Publishing has always been a labor of love.
This is why community is important, especially in Southern California, with its distances and its sprawl. Bates recently initiated a series of Los Angeles publisher mingles—get-togethers, in a bar, with no agenda, an expression of common cause. Not competition, but community.Carey McWilliams, California Prophet Mike Sonksen Equally a scholar and performer, Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation L.A.
native acclaimed for published essays, poetry performances and mentoring teen writers. The brief passage in Carey McWilliams’ “Southern California Country” describing Owens Valley was largely sourced–in the text itself, no less–to Morrow Mayo and “Los Angeles.” And that passage, in turn, was the inspiration for Robert Towne’s Academy Award-winning screenplay for the movie “Chinatown,” which twisted the.
well as L.A.’s sense of itself as a more connected, coherent city - less a loose collection of communities than a true metropolis. This is not a new idea; it goes back to the Los Angeles of years ago. Feb 08, · Something Carey McWilliams noted about L.A.
in — that it is a place fundamentally ad hoc in spirit, "a gigantic improvisation" — .
I picked up this book simply because one of the things I genuinely enjoyed in Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was the fact that it was set in Los Angeles, and I mean, like, REAL Los Angeles.
I am tickled when a book mentions specific streets/places/quirks of an area I know/5. Interesting and worthy sites devoted to the study of Los Angeles, California, as a place, populate the web"Los Angeles Revisited" joins the ranks, to appeal to readers of L.A.
and Southern California history on a popular level, but also to serve with educational meritThe blog title is a nod to those who write about and photograph the Los Angeles region and to acknowledge the historical.