The Best Things in Life are Free, Like This Weekend’s “Writing California” Literary Confab

Free discussions, readings, and panels will be held this weekend, culminating with a bus tour of Raymond Chandler’s L.A.

If you’re a fan of the thriving book culture in Los Angeles (or if you’re still laboring under the delusion that this isn’t a literary town), Tales From Two Cities: Writing California is the event for you. After launching in San Francisco in October, the second installment of the series hits L.A. this weekend.

Kicking off tonight with a conversation between novelists Attica Locke and Walter Mosley, the three-day confab aims to examine the literature of California. Throughout the weekend the Los Angeles Public Library will host discussions, readings, and panels (all free!) culminating on Saturday afternoon with a bus tour of Raymond Chandler’s L.A. led by biographer Judith Freeman and crime writer Richard Rayner.

David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times will lead an exploration of Joan Didion’s work while Libros Schmibros founder (and Los Angeles magazine contributor) David Kipen will discuss Thomas Pynchon’s oeuvre. Journalist Hector Tobar, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, and OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano participate along with a slew of notable Southern California writers including Lynell George, Christopher Hawthorne, Naomi Hirahara, Tom Lutz, Brighde Mullins, Rubén Martínez, and Lisa See. 

Can’t make it out for any of the events? The entire conference will be streamed live on FORA TV.