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Los Angeles is one of the best cities in the country for book fans. Even though L.A. is blessed with year round sunny weather, some of its most famous characters were at home in the night, such as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. Another famed hardboiled crime author was James M. Cain, who set his novels Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce in Los Angeles. The heirs to Chandler and Cain include Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch and Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins. John Fante’s acclaimed Ask the Dust takes place in Downtown L.A.’s Bunker Hill, and was a major influence on Charles Bukowski, who lived in East Hollywood and considered L.A. his favorite subject. The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books welcomes thousands of book lovers and authors to USC for a weekend celebration of the written word.
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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is Southern California’s most beautiful and unique tour group destination. Step aboard and tour through his actual Air Force One. View an exact replica of the White House Oval Office.
Literary types may especially appreciate the décor of Literati II, which features framed portraits of writers and artful renditions of pencils, but everyone can appreciate the masterful compositions of seasonal flavors crafted by Chef Chris Kidder. Bistro fare meets farmer's market in dishes ranging from gourmet burgers (including venison, pork or veggie options), to cioppino, salmon, crab cakes and more. Kidder's wife, Kimberly Sklar, tempts diners with indulgent desserts, such as airy...
Los Angeles boasts dozens of independent bookstores that can give you the scoop on the literary history of Los Angeles, selling rare volumes, special-interest books, as well as best-selling general fiction and nonfiction.
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