New from the deranged minds of Esotouric, an historical crime bus tour meant to honor the lost souls who wander the hills and byways of the “streetcar suburbs” (Echo Park, Silver Lake, Elysian Park, Angeleno Heights) that hug Sunset Boulevard. Climb aboard to see seemingly ordinary houses, streets and commercial buildings revealed as the scenes of chilling crimes and mysteries, populated by some of the most fascinating people you’d never want to meet. Featured cases include Edward Hickman’s kidnapping of little Marion Parker and the bizarre “Man in the Attic” love nest slaying, plus dozens of incredible, forgotten tales of Angelenoes in peril. Guests will also see some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Los Angeles, including a visit to Sister Aimee Semple McPherson’s exquisite Parsonage, her one-time home, now a museum.
Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian for Teen’Scape at the Central Library, will moderate a panel of authors discussing the dark side of Los Angeles and its influence on their work. McCoy is the author of the novel, Dead to Me.
Panelists: Steph Cha (author of Follow Her Home, Beware Beware and Dead Soon Enough), Kim Cooper (author of The Kept Girl, Lost in the Grooves and Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth. Cooper is also the creator of 1947project, a crime-a-day time travel blog) and Richard Lange (author of novels This Wicked World and Angel Baby, and collections Dead Boys and Sweet Nothing).
Join these four Angelenos for a walk on the dark side. After the panel, they’ll sign copies of their books.
Free, no reservations required (the “buy tickets” link takes you to the library website).
Author and filmmaker Liz Goldwyn discusses her book Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897 (Regan Arts, 2015) a series of interlinked stories that evoke a lost world on the margins of Los Angeles society in the 1890s.
Long before the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Los Angeles was a city where dreamers came to make their fortunes—and where a madam named Pearl Morton entertained the city’s most powerful politicians and entrepreneurs inside her namesake brothel.
LAVA Visionary William Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, talks with Goldwyn about her research (much of it conducted at The Huntington) and about the creative process that fictionalizes the real-life people and events of a tumultuous era. A book signing follows the program, which is free with reservations required. (Click the “buy ticket” link above to reserve). The Café will be open until 7:15 p.m. before the start of this event.