The evening will start off with a selection or two from Our Own Day Here, his recent collection of essays on urban life, gathered from nearly twenty years of writing, ranting, and blogging about development, transportation, politics small and large, and the economy.
It will be followed by a reading from his urbanist noir novel, The Dust Will Answer. This is the story of two friends looking for a lost girl who doesn't want to be found, and the secret worlds they discover among the hobo jungles and warehouse squats of downtown Los Angeles, back in the days when the coming gentrification was no more than a gleam in a banker's eye. Get a taste of what the two endure as they run the gantlet of bikers, punks, tramps, redneck ex-cops, and an innocent-looking dope dealer, ultimately discovering that in the dark world they have fallen into, the shortest distance between two points is often a very crooked line.
Both works will be available for purchase in print and e-book versions—and for those who prefer e-books, we will have limited edition commemorative cards to sign in lieu of physical volumes. (You can also, of course, buy copies of either version ahead of time at the URL below.)
Afterwards, there will be a general confabulation, Q&A, listening to The Battery's excellent collection of vintage vinyl, and commiserating with fellow audience members over the torment recently endured. There is a bar next door to help you recover, as well as numerous establishments offering comfort food nearby.
Sunday, July 26th, beginning at 4:00PM
1005B Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Metro Gold Line Mission St. station
Buy paper or e-book versions on Amazon.
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:16:04 -0800 [link]
So, this week on Orange 20 Bikes, Blood and Blame looks at the latest death on LA's North Figueroa Street, why it happened, and why a "proven safety countermeasure" was withheld for years after its was promised, planned, and funded.
While on Flying Pigeon LA, I explore how LA keeps Lagging Behind while cities around it build brighter, busier, and less car-addled futures for themselves.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:10:17 -0800 [link]
While at Flying Pigeon LA, I tackle a vaguely related subject, noting that Intuition Is a Lousy Guide to Policy.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:54:17 -0800 [link]
While Flying Pigeon LA finds a Lesson to Be Learned in a modest bike parking facility serving the Allen Avenue light rail stop in Pasadena.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:51:20 -0800 [link]
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:20:39 -0800 [link]
While Flying Pigeon LA, posting a few days alter, after the Pasadena Open streets debut, explores how Getting There by bike and train might have proved instructive for car-addled Angelenos who tried it.
Next local CicLAvia: August 9th!
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 05:56:58 -0800 [link]
You can read about it on Orange 20 Bikes under the title of CicLAvia Plus, or at Flying Pigeon LA, where I call it Bikes, Books, and CicLAvia.
There's also a Facebook page for it, if you favor that….
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 27 May 2015 21:58:34 -0800 [link]