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Reading by Moonlight: 'Earthquakes! Mudslides! Fires! and Riots,' CA portraits, LA's on the map




A photo taken of a David Kipen portrait by Don Bachardy, used with David Kipen's permission, 2014
A photo taken of a David Kipen portrait by Don Bachardy, used with David Kipen's permission, 2014
Used with David Kipen's permission, 2014

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David Kipen, book critic and founder of lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, shares his monthly wrap up of California-inspired literary news. This month, great gifts for bibliophiles:

A book that explores The Golden State, not through words, but in graphics."Earthquakes! Mudslides! Fires! and Riots!: California Graphic Design, 1936-1986," by designer Louise Sandhaus. It isn't just a coffee table book -- it's a 'lap' book -- you can't leave it on the coffee table no matter how hard you try.

Another special item is "The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles" that includes real and fictional LA  locations as described by the one of the city's favorite authors in his many books. 

Also, new book of portraits by California artist Don Bachardy who happened to draw Governor Jerry Brown's official portrait.

See Bachardy's portrait of David Kipen above and listen to a panel Kipen moderated with the artist for Zocalo Public Square: