Category Archives: Books

Join Barack Obama & the LA Times for a Free Virtual Book Event This Wednesday

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books continues this week with a free online conversation with former President Barack Obama and acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay. You can enjoy this lively literary chat between Obama and DuVernay on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook Live this Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Glamour Ghoul: The Story of Maila Nurmi and Vampira

“Glamour Ghoul: The Passions and Pain of the Real Vampira, Maila Nurmi” is an absorbing look at the woman behind the enduring character of Vampira. Based on journal entries, letters and oral testimony gathered by Nurmi’s niece, Sandra Neimi, the book … Continue reading

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“Asperfell” by Jamie Thomas: A Light, Gothic Fantasy Tale

“Asperfell,” the first of a new trilogy by Jamie Thomas, is an enjoyable fantasy about a young woman who must rescue a prince from a prison for mages (wizards), after the king has condemned magic and divided the kingdom of Tiralaen … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marlowe B. West’s “Go West: The Rock and Roll Memoir 1967-1970”

Looking for a wild ride in a psychedelic memoir? Check out Marlowe B. West’s “Go West: The Rock and Roll Memoir 1967-1970” (1986). West’s writing moves with a glittering energy, zanily poetic, as colorful and textured as the experimental fashions … Continue reading

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LA Native and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Steals the Show

As if the relief and joy surrounding the Biden inauguration today wasn’t enough, the world got to experience the wise words of the first (she was chosen in 2017) National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, as she delivered her poem … Continue reading

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Book Review: Peter And The Wolves by Adele Bertei

Residents of Cleveland in the 1970s produced some of the most memorable proto-punk music ever made, music so memorable we still talk about it today even though it was barely recorded and in its day, was almost totally unreleased. These … Continue reading

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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a masterclass organization named after the Miskatonic University in H.P. Lovecraft’s stories (first appearing in “Herbert West – Reanimator”). Mostly run by volunteers, the classes are created and taught by writers, scholars, directors, … Continue reading

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Order Your Holbox Cookbook from Takeaway Books Now!

Simon Davies and Vaughan Mossop founded Somekind Press last March in Australia as COVID-19 rules started to threaten the restaurant industry. The independent publisher crowdfunds mini-cookbooks featuring local restaurants to help the industry stay alive. Books are approximately 100 pages, with … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas for Fans of Mid-century Modern on any Budget

Mid-century Modern is huge right now. Whether it’s Googie, Danish Modern, Tiki, Atomic, or Boomerang, people are loving this retro style. When shopping for a gift, it’s imperative that you determine whether or not your giftee is a purist. Those … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2020

Along with some fun new finds this year, we have been yearning for the comfort of our childhood favorites from back in the days when you found a silver dollar and an orange in the toe of your sock. Here … Continue reading

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