Charles Fleming

Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles (Santa Monica Press)

Join us for a fascinating look at our very own corner of L.A.!  Author Charles Fleming will present and sign his walking guide—chock full of local history—about the historic staircases of Los Angeles.

Charles Fleming is the author of the novels The Ivory Coast and After Havana and the respected Hollywood "how-not-to" book High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, and co-author of the recent non-fiction bestseller My Lobotomy. A veteran reporter for Variety, Newsweek, the LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Fleming teaches entertainment reporting at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. He lives in Silver Lake with his wife and two daughters. Secret Stairs is his first walking guide.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
90027 Los Angeles
Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595800503
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Santa Monica Press - April 1st, 2010

In a city known for its fast cars and freeways, this guide reveals a unique
feature of the Los Angeles cityscape: more than 200 stairways across the hilly
sections of the city, many of which are remnants from the days when most city
residents depended on streetcars and buses for transportation. Containing more
than 40 walks and detailed maps, this handbook highlights the charms and quirks
of this quintessential feature of Los Angeles' development and chronicles the
geographical, architectural, and historical features of each staircase and the
neighborhoods in which the steps are located. Rated for duration and difficulty,
the circular walks deliver tales of historic homes, their fascinating
inhabitants, and troves of historic trivia--such as where William Faulkner lived
while he wrote the screenplay for "To Have and Have Not," where Graham Nash
lived, and where actress Thelma Todd was murdered--while other walks highlight
spectacular homes by some of southern California's most important architects,
including Neutra and Schindler. From strolling through the classic La Loma
neighborhood in Pasadena and walking the vintage Red Car Loop in Silver Lake to
taking the Beachwood Canyon Hollywoodland hike and enjoying the magnificent
ocean views from the Castellammare district in Pacific Palisades, these
staircases present a new way for urban explorers to discover a little-known side
of the City of Angels.