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The Mystery of the Photo

January 16, 2022 News Editor 0

The above photo has been fueling the daydreams of Internet-based book lovers everywhere for the last several years. As recently as January 3, author and activist Don Winslow tweeted the photo, saying: “I hope you see the beauty I do.” To date, nearly 33,000 people have shown their agreement by liking the tweet, many of them adding comments and photos: of other dreamy libraries, of books, of book-related tattoos. Over 1000 comments in all, celebrating […]

Ernesto Patino

This Just In… Enough to Make the Angels Weep by Ernesto Patino

December 26, 2021 News Editor 0

An unsolved murder and a 150-year-old diary of an Irish soldier are inextricably linked to the past… Hired to investigate the murder of an 84-year-old widow, P.I. Joe Coopersmith hits one dead end after another in his search for leads. With few clues and no suspects, he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a connection to a bizarre plot to kill the descendants of Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Known […]

Joan Didion

Joan Didion Dies at 87

December 26, 2021 News Editor 0

American writer Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking) has died. She was 87. Didion died last Thursday of complications due to Parkinson’s disease, at her home in Manhattan. Didion was the author of five novels, 14 works of non-fiction, a play based on her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, and six screenplays, mostly co-wrtten with her late husband. John Gregory Dunne. Many beautiful words have been spilled since Didion’s death […]

This Just In

This Just In… Hubba-Hubba Holiday by Kirk Alex

December 23, 2021 News Editor 0

Obsession, fame, murder. Hollywood could destroy them all. It’s beating down with rain as Private Investigator Edgar “Doc” Holiday drives past the sprawling mansions of Beverly Hills to meet with renowned movie producer Francis Tracton. The star of his latest project is missing; an invaluable dog named Titus. But when Doc reaches Tracton’s illustrious property, he discovers something far more fitting for a horror film than real life: a dead body that’s so severely disfigured […]

Anne Rice Dies at 80

December 12, 2021 News Editor 0

The great Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire and many other books, has died at the age of 80. Her son and sometimes co-author, the novelist Christopher Rice, reported on Facebook that his mother had died of complications from stroke. The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices […]

Hush-Hush Holiday

This Just In… Hush-Hush Holiday by Kirk Alex

December 6, 2021 News Editor 0

Hush-Hush Holiday is the first book in the Doc Holiday Private Investigator Mysteries. When hard up L.A. private investigator Edgar “Doc” Holiday learns that his ex-fiancé Candy Leigh Parker has gone missing he’s hesitant to get involved. Mixing business with matters of the heart as complicated as his isn’t worth it. But then the first in a series of heinous murders take place and Doc is forced to revisit his dark past as he traces […]

Once Upon A Murderous Delusion

This Just In… Once Upon A Murderous Delusion by A.G. Russo

October 11, 2021 News Editor 0

A small, sleepy New England town in 1980. Out of nowhere, a series of devastating murders threaten the safety and well-being of the community. A serial killer has begun a deadly game of catch-me-if-you-can with local police, who have dubbed the carnage, “The Mommy Murders.” Frightened residents are certain the violent rape/murders are in some way connected to the psychiatric unit of Parkhirst General Hospital. Nella, a nurse angst-ridden by her service during the Vietnam […]

Reading Away Library Fine Debt

September 3, 2021 News Editor 0

Kids who have fines in the Los Angeles County Library system can read away their debt thanks to the Great Read Away, a program that lets young library card holders read instead of paying. The program works on several levels. For one, it allows children from less affluent backgrounds the opportunity to erase late fee charges, something library administrators felt was keeping some young readers out of the library. A library debt of ten dollars […]

Ed Odeven

This Just In… Going 15 Rounds With Jerry Izenberg by Ed Odeven

July 14, 2021 News Editor 0

Jerry Izenberg’s career as a newspaper reporter and columnist spans generations. From the early 1950s to the present day, he has written about championship teams and Olympic icons, baseball and football superstars and boxing legends. Along the way he became one of the best American sports columnists. Going 15 Rounds With Jerry Izenberg: A Collection Of Interviews With The Legendary Columnist highlights Izenberg’s career and some of his favorite stories. Even beyond his 90th birthday, which […]

Fatal Infraction

This Just In: Fatal Infraction by Kevin G. Chapman

July 13, 2021 News Editor 0

He took a knee for social justice. Now he’s dead. Controversial quarterback Jimmy Rydell’s body was found naked on the Central Park carousel. Who killed him? How did he get there two days after he disappeared? And why was the body frozen? Jimmy’s team just wants to move on, after collecting on the $20 million insurance policy. Jimmy’s teammate – the one who threatened to kill him – swears he wasn’t there. Jimmy’s bodyguard had […]