July 29 at 7PM pt | Tommy Swerdlow discusses STRAIGHT DOPE with David Ritz. Tune in on Zoom here.

Tree at Night

Online! Thursday, July 29 at 7PM pt


in conversation with DAVID RITZ

Sharp, fast-paced, and deftly observant, STRAIGHT DOPE is 21st century noir straddling two L.A. worlds: The panic and desperation of addiction, and the even more desperate ambitions of Hollywood!


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by Dr. Arik Kershenbaum

Now that the government admits that there are aliens, there are more questions to ponder about life on other planets. This book does just that by using what we already know about biology on our planet!



ONLINE events

Missed an event? Never fear—the internet never forgets. Find recordings of our past events on Youtube account. Click here.

Everything Now by Rosecrans Baldwin
in conversation with Jeff Weiss

virtual event
Monday, July 19

at 7:00PM pt

America is obsessed with Los Angeles. And America has been thinking about Los Angeles all wrong, for decades, on repeat. Los Angeles is not just the place where the American dream hits the Pacific. (It has its own dreams.) Not just the vanishing point of America's western drive. (It has its own compass.) Functionally, aesthetically, mythologically, even technologically, an independent territory, defined less by distinct borders than by an aura of autonomy and a sense of unfurling destiny--this is the city-state of Los Angeles.

Learn more here.

Give My Love to the Savages by Chris Stuck
in conversation with Dana Johnson

virtual event
Wednesday, July 21

at 7:00PM pt

The nine tales in Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience. Chris Stuck traverses the dividing lines, and attempts to create meaning from them in unique and unusual ways. 

Learn more here.

The Magic Years by Jonathan Taplin
in conversation with Darryl Holter

in-store event
Wednesday, July 28

at 7:00PM pt

Jonathan Taplin’s extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave in the past half century: he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the ’60s, producer of major films in the ’70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the ’80s, creator of the Internet’s first video-on-demand service in the ’90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium. His is a lifetime marked not only by good timing but by impeccable instincts—from the folk scene to Woodstock, Hollywood’s rebellious film movement, and beyond. Taplin is not just a witness but a lifelong producer, the right-hand man to some of the greatest talents of both pop culture and the underground.

Learn more here.

Straight Dope by Tommy Swerdlow
in conversation with David Ritz

virtual event
Thursday, July 29

at 7:00PM pt

Sharp, fast-paced, and deftly observant, STRAIGHT DOPE is 21st century noir straddling two L.A. worlds: The panic and desperation of addiction, and the even more desperate ambitions of Hollywood!

Learn more here.

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin
in conversation with Julia Claiborne Johnson

virtual event
Thursday, August 5

at 7:00PM pt

Little River, New York, 1994: April Sawicki is living in a motorless motorhome that her father won in a poker game. Failing out of school, picking up shifts at Margo's diner, she's left fending for herself in a town where she's never quite felt at home. When she "borrows" her neighbor's car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life could be much bigger than where she came from. After a fight with her dad, April packs her stuff and leaves for good, setting off on a journey to find a life that's all hers.

Learn more here.

Republic of Detours by Scott Borchert
in conversation with David Kipen

virtual event
Wednesday, Aug. 11

at 7:00PM pt

The plan was as idealistic as it was audacious--and utterly unprecedented. Take thousands of hard-up writers and put them to work charting a country on the brink of social and economic collapse, with the aim of producing a series of guidebooks to the then forty-eight states--along with hundreds of other publications dedicated to cities, regions, and towns--while also gathering reams of folklore, narratives of formerly enslaved people, and even recipes, all of varying quality, each revealing distinct sensibilities.

Learn more here.

Bugsy Siegel by Michael Shnayerson
in conversation with WR Wilkerson III

virtual event
Thursday, August 12

at 7:00PM pt

In this captivating portrait, author Michael Shnayerson sets out not to absolve Bugsy Siegel but rather to understand him in all his complexity. Through the 1920s, 1930s, and most of the 1940s, Bugsy Siegel and his longtime partner in crime Meyer Lansky engaged in innumerable acts of violence. As World War II came to an end, Siegel saw the potential for a huge, elegant casino resort in the sands of Las Vegas. Jewish gangsters built nearly all of the Vegas casinos that followed. Then, one by one, they disappeared. 

Learn more here.