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John Irving, Scott Turow and other L.A. author events this week

June 19, 2012 | 12:10 pm

Los angeles wpa guideSome students of Los Angeles history may use a car to explore and look for enduring signs of the city's past, while others may prefer to do it from a lounge chair with "Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels," an engrossing Depression-era document reissued not long ago with an introduction by author David Kipen. Kipen sits down this week with Gray Brechin of UC Berkeley's Department of Geography to discuss what the city was like before World War II in an event presented by the Central Library's Aloud series.

As always, check with venues for cancellations or time/event changes

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Colin Dickey discusses and signs "Afterlives of the Saints" at Skylight Books.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Photographers Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis discuss their friendship and mentorship with photographer Helmut Newton captured in the memoir "Three Boys from Pasadena" at Book Soup.

Thursday, 5 p.m.:  Adam Carolla reads and signs “Not Taco Bell Material” at Barnes and Noble at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: The Aloud Series at the Central Library presents "A New Deal for Los Angeles," featuring authors David Kipen and Gray Brechin in a conversation about how FDR's agencies radically transformed the city during the Great Depression.

Thursday, 8 p.m.:  Live Talks L.A. presents “An Evening with John Irving” at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Irving will discuss his new novel, “In One Person.”

Friday, 8:15 a.m. Live Talks L.A. business forum presents a conversation between Scott Turow and Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg at the City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.

-- Nick Owchar

Photo: Cover image of "Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels." Credit: University of California Press