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Gangsters and Geniuses Mar 28, 2015 A group show centered around the theme of gangsters and geniuses (and those that overlap), featuring work from Jaclyn Rose Embroidery, Coulter Jacobs, and more. 69 other events on Saturday, March 28
 
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Monday, March 23,2015
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Southern California detective tales

Matt Coyle and Earl Javorsky keep readers in suspense

By Jim Ruland
Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm ocean breezes typically aren't the makings of a gritty detective novel. They are in Yesterday's Echo, local author Matt Coyle's debut novel and the first in the Rick Cahill detective series.
Monday, March 2,2015
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Master of the macabre

Celebrating Edward Gorey’s 90th birthday

By Jim Ruland
The Unstrung Harp is hardly an endorsement for a life in letters, yet it remains one of the most honest books about the writing process I've ever read.
Tuesday, February 10,2015
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Two ways of looking at a woman’s body

Reviews of ‘‘You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends’ by Dorothy Iannone and ‘Binary Star’ by Sarah Gerard

By Jim Ruland
In You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends (Siglio Press), a collection works by artist Dorothy Iannone and edited by Lisa Pearson, sex is both everywhere and nowhere. 
Monday, January 19,2015
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Strangeness in the stacks: 3 works of fiction set in Japan

Reviews of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library,’ Yoko Ogawa’s ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ and Mary Yukari Waters ‘The Laws of Evening’

By Jim Ruland
I’m not the biggest fan of Haruki Murakami’s fiction, but when I saw a copy of The Strange Library in the bookstore, I had to pick it up. The slender volume sealed in plastic and designed by rock-star book designer Chip Kidd made me intensely curious about what strange magic might be inside.
Monday, December 29,2014
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Pynchon at the beach

Walking in the footsteps of the world’s most reclusive author

By Jim Ruland
A friend of mine went into a bookstore in Los Angeles and asked the man behind the counter if they had a copy of Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. "You don't want to read that," he said.
Monday, December 8,2014
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Lindsay Hunter’s ‘Ugly Girls’ raises the stakes

Short-story writer’s debut novel is sensational

By Jim Ruland
In Lindsay Hunter’s sensational debut novel, Ugly Girls, Baby Girl and Perry are high schoolers from Hell. Perry is the pretty one. Baby Girl seeks a different kind of attention.
Monday, November 17,2014
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The Marlowe drive of Juniper Song

Steph Cha’s new detective novel, ‘Beware Beware,’ follows the footsteps of Raymond Chandler’s famous gumshoe

By Jim Ruland
Much like her fictional forebear, Philip Marlowe, Juniper Song drinks heavily, smokes like a chimney and calls Los Angeles home. 
Monday, October 27,2014
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Exploring ‘Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America’

A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist

By Jim Ruland

To say that Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is an inventive work of fiction is like calling the ocean a tad salty. 


Monday, October 6,2014
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Donald Westlake’s legacy

A pro’s pro of hardboiled crime fiction

By Jim Ruland
One of my favorite characters in all of hardboiled crime is a thief named Alan Grofield, the protagonist of Lemons Never Lie.
Monday, September 15,2014
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Two tales of lost innocence

Reviews of Wendy Ortiz’s ‘Excavation’ and Eirik Clark’s ‘Sweetness #9’

By Jim Ruland
How do you tell the story of an abusive relationship when you don't recognize its wrongness until many years have passed? That's the problem and central metaphor of Wendy Ortiz's memoir, Excavation. 
 
 
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