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Susan Orlean Tells the Long-Overdue Tale of the 1986 Central Library Fire

The New Yorker writer and part-time Angeleno tries her hand at L.A. history
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A New Exhibit at the Library Celebrates the Stories Behind Weird Collections of Stuff

From matchbooks to a life-size elephant made of nuts, 21 Collections brings together odd ephemera

Los Angeles Central Library Turns 90 Today

In all its years serving the city, the downtown institution has seen its fair share of intriguing patrons

A Firsthand Account of the Devastating 1986 Central Library Fire

On April 29, an arsonist started the blaze that destroyed hundreds of thousands of books, maps, and photographs

CityDig: Downtown’s Business District Gets Down to Business

This 1924 map shows off L.A.'s new shops, theaters, and landmarks at a time when spirits were soaring

Tracy K. Smith

The author discusses "Ordinary Light: A Memoir," about her childhood.

Space Savers: Meet the People Fighting to See the Past in L.A.’s Future

Experts weigh in on how historic places in Los Angeles will look in 2020 and beyond

Jennifer Clement

The Mexico City-based writer discusses her new novel, Prayers for the Stolen