Discussion & Book Signing, Date & Time: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Location: Allendale Branch Library, Address: 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, California, Information: (626) 744- 7260 or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net
“Quite simply, Lynell George knows Los Angeles better than almost anyone. City of Quartz author Mike Davis stated to me in an email that ‘L.A.’s written image has always been a predictable mixture of hyperbole, cliché and outsider ignorance, with boosterism and fear as two sides of the same coin. Lynell George comes from a different place entirely. With subtle love she explores the everyday to discover the extraordinary: the creative and rebellious spirits of the neighborhoods, the schools, and the true (not fake) bohemias. She truly sings Los Angeles.’” — Mike Sonksen, Boom California, May 29, 2018
In celebration of Black History Month, the Allendale Branch Library presents “A Conversation with Lynell George,” a wide-ranging discussion with the award-winning Pasadena-based journalist and essayist, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, California. Light refreshments will be served.
As a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, Lynell George has focused on social issues, human behavior, and identity politics as well as visual arts, music, and literature. She is an arts and culture columnist for KCET/ Artbound, has taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University, and is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow (2013). In 2017, she received the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship to support her archival research of writer Octavia E. Butler. Her liner notes for the album Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings won a 2018 Grammy Award. Lynell’s fi rst book, No Crystal Stair: African-Americans in the City of Angels, a collection of features and essays drawn from her reporting, was published by Verso/ Doubleday in 1992.
Following the discussion, Lynell George will sign her latest book, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame (2018), copies of which will be available for sale through the publisher, Angel City Press. The book is a collection of Lynell’s essays and photographs examining sense-of-place and the ever-evolving identity of the City of Angels.
Attendees will also enjoy a display of Lynell George’s favorite books – both fi ction and non-fi ction titles – and music CDs that have been culled from the various Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries. All materials are available for circulation to anyone with a Pasadena or Glendale Public Library card.
For further information, contact the Allendale Branch Library by phone at (626) 744-7260 or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net.