A few thoughts on adapting “The Courtship of María Rivera Peña” for the screen

By Daniel A. Olivas
FROM: Labloga.com

41BTS5D4T1L._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_Nineteen years ago, a small independent press based in Pennsylvania—sadly now defunct—published my first book, a novella titled The Courtship of María Rivera Peña(Silver Lake Publishing). The story is loosely based on the migration of my paternal grandparents from Mexico to Los Angeles in the 1920s and follows the courtship, marriage, and family life of the cook Beto and the beautiful waitress María. Three years later, a longer, second edition was published under the same name but with a slightly different cover design. I am now exploring with a publisher whether we can publish a 20th anniversary edition that would include a scholarly introduction.

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Exclusive Preview: Octavia E. Butler’s Prescient Parable Books Get Gorgeous Reissue

by David Canfield
FROM: Entertainment Weekly

UntitledOne of the most important and groundbreaking science-fiction authors of her time, Octavia E. Butler is headed back to bookstores.

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LISTING LITERARY LOS ANGELES: PART 1

By Mike Sonksen
FROM: Entropy

IMG_4267Documenting literary Los Angeles is my lifelong project. It started early in my childhood. I grew up going to bookstores across Los Angeles. From the early 1980s, I remember my dad driving us to the Bodhi Tree on Melrose. I remember going to Acres of Books in Long Beach and many other Used Bookstores now long gone. Most of them have been gone so long that I cannot even remember their names. (I still go to the Iliad in North Hollywood.)

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Exhibit Honoring Late Writer Michele Serros Opens at California State University, Channel Islands

By Tracy Lehr
FROM: KEYT

downloadOxnard-born poet and writer Michele Serros left some of her prized possession to California State University, Channel Islands. They went on display on Valentine’s Day, her favorite holiday.

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In The Not Quite Dark

By Brian Dunlap

31179356NOTE: This is the second book in Los Angeles Literature’s Black History Month series highlighting the L.A. literature written by black authors.

The story collection In The Not Quite Dark by Los Ángeles native Dana Johnson is about race, specifically blackness, gentrification, love and class in L.A. Many of these stories take place downtown and weave the city’s history into their narratives.

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A Storied Los Angeles Club for African American Women Looks to the Future

by Lynell George

FROM: Preservation Magazine

WilfandelGroup_JoeSchmelzerIt doesn’t take much to envision a certain wide stretch of Los Angeles’ West Adams Boulevard in its early 20th century glory—when traffic floated by at a genteel pace and carefully spaced rows of stately homes peeked out from sumptuous gardens. Taken together, it embodied the sweet dream of the West.

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