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Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events: Stories(Harper Perennial, paperback, $15)By Kevin MoffettCharacters in transitional states fill the pages of this short story collection from the Claremont writer.Out: March 20
The Last Romanov(Sourcebooks Landmark, paperback, $15)By Dora Levy MossanenImperial Russia, in its myth and magic, is the setting for this royal family drama by the Beverly Hills writer.Out: April 3
The Book of Madness and Cures(Little, Brown, hardcover, $26)By Regina O’MelvenyIn this L.A. writer’s debut, a medically gifted woman searches for her missing father in 16th-century Venice.Out: April 10
Unholy Night(Grand Central, hardcover, $25)By Seth Grahame-SmithThe best-selling revisionist writer—whose Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is currently being made into a Tim Burton-produced movie—goes back to the time of the Three Kings of Nativity. Out: April 10
Everybody Says Hello(Livingston, paperback, $19)By Michael KunThe L.A. writer says he “had a big, stupid grin” on his face while he was writing it. Will we have a similar experience while reading it?Out: April 16
More Like Her(William Morrow, paperback, $15)By Liza PalmerThe L.A. writer goes for a darker-than-usual subject matter in this story of a dream undone.Out: April 17
Memoirs of a Porcupine(Soft Skull, paperback, $16)By Alain MabanckouA confessional porcupine narrates this translation of the UCLA professor’s weirder-than-weird French original. Check out our February Critic’s Picks for a review.Out: April 17
Berlin Cantata(Haus, paperback, $15)By Jeffrey LewisThirteen voices in a single book—even if it’s about as complex a subject as Berlin after the Wall—sounds like a lot. Find out for yourself in this L.A. writer’s latest.Out: April 17
The Angry Buddhist(Europa Editions, paperback, $16)By Seth GreenlandLocal politics can be scandalous too in this novel from the medium-hopping L.A. writer.Out: April 24
Fat, Drunk, and Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal House(St. Martin’s, hardcover, $26)By Matty SimmonsThis isn’t just anybody writing—Simmons was the producer of the paradigm-shifting comedy classic.Out: April 10
Scorpion Betrayal(Harper, paperback, $10)By Andrew KaplanThe spy-thriller novelist opens his latest with the brutal murder of the head of Egypt’s State Internal Security.Out: March 27
Driven(Poisoned Pen, paperback, $12)By James SallisThis sequel to Drive—now a Ryan Gosling star vehicle (pun intended)—opens seven years later.Out: April 3
Harbor Nocturne(Mysterious, hardcover, $27)By Joseph WambaughWambaugh fans will recognize characters from his Hollywood Station series in this cop drama set in San Pedro.Out: April 3
L.A. '56: A Devil in the City of Angels(Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26)By Joel EngelThe racially tense Los Angeles of the ’50s is the setting for this true crime novel from the former L.A. Times journalist.Out: April 10
Midnight Alley(Oceanview, hardcover, $26)By Miles CorwinAn elite LAPD detective with a complex history investigates the murder of two young black men. Check out our review in the April issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: April 16
Wildcat Play: A Mystery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $24)By Helen Knode This second novel featuring L.A. movie critic Ann Whitehead takes place in oil country.Out: April 24
A Natural Woman: A Memoir(Grand Central, hardcover, $28)By Carole KingCan she top Patti Smith? Wait and see.Out: April 10
Mike Wallace: A Life (Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26)By Peter RaderDemons populate the past of the iconic 60 Minutes broadcaster in this biography from an L.A. filmmaker and screenwriter.Out: April 24
My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir(Crown Archetype, hardcover, $25)By Garry MarshallExpect some dish on his work with stars like Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Anne Hathaway, and others. Out: April 24
Houses of the Sundown Sea: The Architectural Vision of Harry Gesner(Abrams, hardcover, $75)By Lisa Germany and Harry Gesner; photography by Juergen NogaiVisit fifteen of modernist architect Gesner’s L.A. homes in this first-glimpse collection. Check out our review in the April issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: April 1
Children of Manzanar(Heyday, paperback, $18)By Heather C. LindquistThis year marks the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, an act that forced thousands of Japanese Americans to relocate to compounds like Manzanar. Check out our review of this photo collection in the April issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: April 1
Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera(Abrams, hardcover, $35)By Kishani Perera and Elizabeth RoehrigTwo of the L.A. interior designer’s clients, Molly Sims and Gary Oldman, contribute the introduction and foreword to this photo book.Out: April 15
James Franco: Dangerous Book Four Boys(Skira Rizzoli, hardcover, $50)By James FrancoWhat is this? Better question: Does anyone care? Note to Franco: Stick with acting.Out: April 17
100 Ideas that Changed Film(Laurence King, paperback, $30)By David ParkinsonWe flipped to three random pages and got film d’art, film schools, and effects makeup. There are 97 more where those came from!Out: April 18
Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style(Rizzoli, hardcover, $65)By Karen E. HudsonClients of the elite Hollywood architect include Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Barbara Stanwyck. Out: April 24
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