Writers probe LA's cultural identity, examining its from a literary perspective in a series of talks
Tales from Two Cities: Writing From CaliforniaMark Taper Forum (135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012) Map it Free
Over the course of three days, the Los Angeles Public Library will host a series of panels and discussions exploring the literature of California, and investigating how it defines itself by examining its aesthetic, sensibilities, common themes and narratives, cultural identity, and literary communities. Five "L.A. Stories" discussions will feature talks by local authors on Joan Didion, Gertrude Stein, Thomas Pynchon, Gary Snyder, and Carey McWilliams, while other panels will dissect such topics as "Exile and Place: Who Gets to Speak for L.A.," "Noir on the Road: Raymond Chandler's L.A.," "Architecture, Identity, and the City of Angels," and "Los Angeles Writers and Los Angeles Writing: From Beyond Baroque to Today."