The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

For years I have wanted to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which is easily the largest — and best — book festival on the West Coast. Each year more than 100,000 people go to the UCLA campus to hear more than 450 authors talk about a range of topics.

It has always seemed to far to travel for a weekend. But when I published Towers of Gold, one of the goals I set for myself was to appear at the festival. Well, I am delighted that the organizers asked me, and once the invitation was extended I had no difficulty committing to the 300-mile journey south from San Francisco.

I will be appearing on a panel Saturday at 3:30 pm titled History:Unknown Los Angeles. The authors DJ Waldie and Chip Jacobs will join me. Bill Deverell, my old Stanford buddy who is now a professor of history at USC and the head of the USC -Huntington Institute for the Study of California and the West, will moderate.

Each of us wrote about a “hidden” history of Los Angeles. Jacobs wrote Smogtown, which explores the impact of pollution on the environment. Waldie wrote a memoir about growing up in an LA suburb. I wrote about the early days of LA, the city’s most successful banker, and the role Jews played in the state’s development.

Come join us.

I will be doing other events in Los Angeles as well:

April 24 (Friday)

7:00 p.m.

Jonathan Club

545 S. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA

April 25 (Saturday)

3:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Festival of Books

Panel: History: Unknown Los Angeles

With William Deverell, D. J. Waldie, and Chip Jacobs

Haines Hall 39

University of California at Los Angeles

April 26 (Sunday)

3:00 p.m.

Jewish Historical Society of Southern California

Hellman’s old Farmers and Merchants Bank

411 S. Main Street

Los Angeles, CA

April 27 (Monday)

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Julie Robinson Literary Affairs

Westwood Public Library

246 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, CA

April 28 (Tuesday)

6:00 p.m.

USC Jewish Alumni Association


330 South Hoover Street

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

They are all going to be fun, but I am particularly excited about the Sunday event. I will be talking in the bank building that Isaias Hellman built in 1905. When I was in LA in December I got to tour the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, but I think it will be exciting to actually give a speech there. It’s at Fourth and Main in downtown Los Angeles.,_Los_Angeles.JPG

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