RY COODER in conversation with DAVID L. ULIN about his new story collection LOS ANGELES STORIES

Ry Cooder

Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Books)

Musician Ry Cooder will discuss and sign his new short story collection, Los Angeles Stories, in a conversation with Los Angeles Times book reviewer and author David L. Ulin!

Los Angeles Stories is a collection of loosely linked tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America's most iconic cities. In post-World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and fortunes were being made, a do-it-yourself culture of cool cats, outsiders and oddballs populated the old downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine. Ordinary working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters and all sorts of women at foggy end-of-the-line outposts in Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Rich with the essence and character of the times, suffused with patois of the city's underclass, these are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, "a sunny place for shady people," and the strange things that happen to them.

Signing guidelines:
Due to time constraints, Ry Cooder will only be signing books and CDs purchased at the event.  Please leave memorabilia at home!

Ry Cooder is a world-famous guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, interest in roots music, and more recently for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries, including The Buena Vista Social Club. He has composed soundtracks for more than twenty films, including Paris, Texas. In September, Nonesuch Records will release his latest album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit DownTwo recent albums were accompanied by stories Cooder wrote to accompany the music. And, in October, City Lights will publish his first book, Los Angeles Stories, a collection of loosely linked tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America's most iconic cities.

Photo of Ry Cooder by Vincent Valdez.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Noir) By Ry Cooder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872865198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - October 4th, 2011

World-famous musician Ry Cooder publishes his first collection of stories, with a nod to Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West.

Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology: A Library of America Special Publication By David L. Ulin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931082273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Library of America - September 30th, 2002