LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (Heyday Books)

Please join us as select contributors of LAtitudes present here at Skylight. 

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas offers fresh insights into a city that brims with complexity and surprise, revealing its multiple histories, the nuances of its lived experiences, and the possibilities inherent in an ever-shifting world.

Illuminated by boldly conceived maps and infographics, nineteen thought-provoking essays explore “the hitherto terra incognita of LA,” covering terrain from the cowboys-and-spacemen-themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley to the kitchen of a family taquero business in El Monte, and topics as varied as urban forests, catacombs, LGBT places of sanctuary and worship, and the enduring communities of the indigenous Tongva people. What has often been ignored, such as social and environmental injustice, comes to the forefront, and what has been maligned is reexamined with a sense of pride: the city’s freeways, for example, take the shape of a dove when viewed from midair and pulsate with wailing blues, surf rock, and brassy banda.

Highly imaginative while deeply rooted in one extraordinary place, LAtitudes dares you to rethink Los Angeles.

Praise for LAtitudes

“Unique, fascinating, and totally fresh.…Oh, yes, and LAtitudes has plenty of attitude. A must for anyone interested in Los Angeles history, culture, geography, or food.” —Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls: A Novel

“As a geographer I’m always quick to describe LA as a failed city, an urban planning horror that has led to people like me who lived sixty miles from downtown to claim they’re ‘basically from LA.’ After reading LAtitudes, however, I returned to Los Angeles this year with a newfound respect for the hopeful attempts, negotiations, complications, and mistakes that have made the city what it is today: a composite urban behemoth of bewildering beauty. The only thing more enticing than the quality of the prose in this book is the depth of the ideas contained therein.” —Bradley L. Garrett, author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

“A humane and beautifully written biography of the city that is also a lyrical exploration of its many layers…a source of inspiration and surprise for those of us who think we know LA as well those who have only imagined it from afar.” —Alastair Bonnett, author of Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

“Here we have a volume that, through stories of LA’s history, tells stories of our present and foretells our future. Based on insights from a diverse group of authors, LAtitudes reveals not only our geography but our complicated, dark, and hopeful soul for those that seek to understand our glorious city.” —Karen Mack, founder and executive director, LA Commons

“Offers the reader secrets that Google Maps is incapable of finding, navigation tips through the past, present, and future that Waze cannot fathom, and an understanding of Los Angeles that our trusted Thomas Guides could never reveal. What you hold in your hand is the new essential atlas for Los Angeles.” —Aaron Paley, cofounder, CARS and CicLAvia

“Through original and illustrative cartography, the stories of LA’s past and present are told the way they should be—dynamically with essays rich in historical content and distinct Angeleno experiences.” —Liza Posas, coordinator, LA as Subject

“When I created my atlas of San Francisco, I was hoping that we were at the dawn of a new era of inventive, subversive, gorgeous mapping and social geographies. Let a thousand atlases bloom, I kept muttering, and I couldn’t be more pleased that the first horse out of the gate—first tiger lily in the flowerbed?—is of the city of angels and overpasses and pastrami and tacos, of forgotten rivers, wars, refugees, voters, homesteaders, of dreams busy biting the dust and tribes miraculously reappearing. Cities are inexhaustible; they exist in countless versions, depending on who you ask and where you go and what you want; and an atlas like LAtitudes invites you to open up other people’s versions and in so doing find your own. ”—Rebecca Solnit, author ofInfinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

The contributors presenting are:

Charles Hood
David Ulin
Lynell George
Teddy Varno
Josh Sides
Cindi Alvitre
Rosten Woo
Michael Jaime-Becerra
Nathan Masters
Sylvia Sukop
Josh Kun
Laura Pulido
Wendy Gilmartin
Jen Hofer
Jason Brown
Andy Wilcox
David Deis
Glen Creason

Event date: 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Latitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas By Patricia Wakida (Editor), Luis Alfaro (Foreword by), Glen Creason (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Patricia Wakida (Editor), Luis Alfaro (Foreword by), Glen Creason (Introduction by)
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781597142977
Published: Heyday Books - April 1st, 2015