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    Alta Asks Live: John Freeman

    - Author John Freeman joins Alta editor at large Mary Melton to discuss the new wave of authors who have made his must-read California curriculum, talk about his latest book, Tales of Two Planets, and detail the plans for our new California Book Club.
Steph Cha’s fiction often places regular people in trying circumstances.
MARIA KANEVSKAYA
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Talking with Steph Cha

The author of the Juniper Song Mysteries and last year’s Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Your House Will Pay says we’re facing “noir days ahead.”

“It’s an exciting time to be a Californian, as a reader and as a writer.”
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A New Focus on California Literature

John Freeman, host of the California Book Club, celebrates a bountiful era for the state’s writers.

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Alta Asks Live: Obi Kaufmann

Author Obi Kaufmann joins Alta Asks Live on Wednesday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time to discuss the connections we share with California’s forests, how their maintenance impacts the state’s wildfire crisis, and more.

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Alta Asks Live: Judith Freeman

Raymond Chandler biographer Judith Freeman joins Alta Asks Live to explore Chandler’s relationship with Los Angeles, his female characters, and murder most foul.

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Alta Asks Live: Private Investigators—Fact and Fiction

How accurate are the depictions of private investigators in the noir classics that made the job so famous? Private investigator Tink Thompson and Alta contributor Phil Bronstein join us for an intimate look into the lives of the people ...

Steve Erickson’s fiction explores “chaos as it impacts—and is impacted by—identity, memory, obsession.”
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Talking with Steve Erickson

The author of 2017’s Shadowbahn says that “right now history is outpacing the imagination” and “writing definitely needs to get bigger.”

Charlie Jane Anders’s The City in the Middle of the Night was a 2020 Hugo Award finalist for Best Novel.
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Talking with Charlie Jane Anders

The author of The City in the Middle of the Night says her writing asks, “What does it mean to be a good person during horrible, unjust times?”

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Alta Asks Live: Pandemics of California’s Past

What were the plagues and pandemics of California history and how did we survive them?Historian William Deverell joins Alta Asks Live to try and answer questions of our past, and find a little hope in our present.

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Alta Asks Live: Steph Cha

Steph Cha joins author and Alta contributor Oscar Villalon for a discussion on Your House Will Pay, what it's like to write a 1990s period piece, and the diversity of Los Angeles literature. 

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