‘This Is (Not) L.A.’ at The Natural History Museum

If, like me, you’re a little tired of having to defend L.A. from people who like to call it shallow—and/or base their entire L.A. knowledge on one neighborhood—then you might be interested in a new book from Knock Knock called This Is (Not) L.A. Written by Knock Knock founder Jen Bilik and Kate Sullivan, a long-time transplant and a native, respectively, the book addresses 18 typical claims about L.A. and debunks them with the help of experts on the history and culture of the city. The book also features a foreword written by the late Jonathan Gold.

The Natural History Museum is celebrating the book’s release on Thursday, September 20th from 6-9pm with a panel of other knowledgeable locals and transplants, curated by Bilik and followed by a Q&A. Here are the panelists as listed on the event site:

“Patty Rodriguez: Radio producer (On Air with Ryan Seacrest), publisher (Lil’ Libros), author, and first-generation Mexican American
Lynell George: Journalist and essayist (After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, KCET)
Alissa Walker: Urbanism editor at Curbed, journalist, and public transportation activist
Ed Leibowitz: Veteran magazine writer (LA Magazine, The Atlantic, Smithsonian) and PEN USA journalism award recipient.”

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at simonesnaith.com.
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