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Category Archives: Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Laila Lalami

Colin Marshall talks with Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son. Her latest novel is The Moor’s Account, the story of a 16th-century Spanish expedition in search of gold in modern-day Florida through the words of an unusually eloquent Moroccan slave. You can stream the conversation just above, listen to it on the LARB’s […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Cynthia Kadohata

Colin Marshall talks with Cynthia Kadohata, author of novels for young readers like the Newbery Medal-winning Kira-Kira, the National Book Award-winning The Thing About Luck, and the new Half a World Away. She has also written for adults with such novels In the Heart of the Valley of Love, a grim but hopeful vision of […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Alain Mabanckou

On the latest Los Angeles Review of Books podcast, Colin Marshall speaks with Alain Mabanckou, the Congolese-born author of such novels as African Psycho, Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, Black Bazaar, Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, and the coming The Lights of Pointe-Noire. His latest book translated into English, Letter to Jimmy, takes the form of a letter […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Scott Timberg

On the latest Los Angeles Review of Books podcast, I talk with Scott Timberg, editor of The Misread City: New Literary Los Angeles and author of Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, an examination of the damages to our cultural landscape wrought by recent technological and economic shifts and an argument for a more equitable and navigable […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Tod Goldberg

On the latest Los Angeles Review of Books podcast, I talk with Tod Goldberg, author of such novels as Fake Liar Cheat and Living Dead Girl, several books based on the television series Burn Notice, short story collections like Simplify and Other Resort Cities, and the guidebook Hungry? Thirsty? Las Vegas. His latest novel Gangsterland sends a ruthless Chicago mafia hitman out into the Jewish community of suburban Las […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Mona Simpson

On the latest Los Angeles Review of Books podcast, I talk with Mona Simpson, author of the novels Anywhere But Here, Off Keck Road and My Hollywood. Her latest is Casebook, a story of marriage, divorce, boyhood and surveillance, told as a text within a text and set in this most suitable city for detective stories, Los […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Jim Ruland

I talk with Jim Ruland, founder of the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount and a columnist at Razorcake and San Diego CityBeat. He is the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and the new novel Forest of Fortune, the story of three haunted souls — an alcoholic, an epileptic, and a gambling […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Jonathan Lethem

I have an in-depth talk with author Jonathan Lethem, author of novels like Gun, with Occasional Music, Motherless Brooklyn, and The Fortress of Solitude, along with non-fiction collections, monographs on works such as John Carpenter’s film They Live, and several short story collections. Lethem’s latest project is the forthcoming short story collection, Lucky Alan and Other Stories.     You can stream the conversation just […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Sean Wilsey

I talk with Sean Wilsey, author of the memoir Oh the Glory of It All, and co-editor of the collections The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup and State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America. In his new volume of essays, More Curious, Wilsey investigates the artistic and social realms of Marfa, Texas, compulsively buys precision-engineered German appliances on […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Edan Lepucki

I talk with Edan Lepucki, staff writer at The Millions, founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and author of California, a mid-21st century domestic relationship novel set somewhere outside Los Angeles after the whole country suffers a long, gradual apocalypse. You can listen to the conversation on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.