Kim Cooper and Paul Rogers present at the LAVA Sunday Salon, March 2014

On the last Sunday of each month , LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another.

At the March 2014 Salon, we featured a joint presentation centered around The Kept Girl (Esotouric Ink, 2014)LAVA co-founder Kim Cooper’s novel of 1929 Los Angeles starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary and the real-life cop who is a likely model for Philip Marlowe. Kim dug deep into the book’s true crime and literary inspirations and the process of bringing the book to press. Artist Paul Rogers discussed his cover art for The Kept Girl, then offered a freeform discussion of his often historic L.A.-themed creative process, from the germ of an idea, to photos, sketches, all the way to a complete series of prints.