When acclaimed filmmaker Preston Sturges died suddenly of heart attack in 1959 at the age of 60, he left behind three children including Tom Sturges, who was only 3 years old at the time.
As a founding member of Black Flag and Circle Jerks, songwriter and vocalist Keith Morris was at the forefront of the punk music scene in Hermosa Beach when Black Flag was formed in 1976 and Circle Jerks three years later.
Manhattan Beach's Don Jung recalls stories about the Los Angeles music scene during the Vietnam era and his encounters with The Doors, Janice Joplin and other legends in his first book “Rockin' Through Troubled Waters: Memoir – Surviving the West Coast Music Scene 1966-1971.”
A perfect meal can be determined as much by the quality of the company as the quality of the food. Pages, the beloved independent bookstore in downtown Manhattan Beach recognizes this, and has been hosting author luncheons where locals can eat great food and talk great books.
Manhattan Beach resident and author Seth Fishman is launching his second children’s book, "Power Up," Saturday, March 30, at the Manhattan Beach Barnes & Noble.
Kathi Koll, author of the intimate and moving memoir "Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving," will be conducting a reading and Q & A at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Rancho Palos Verdes’ Shawn McHatton took a road trip to his native New England a few years back and stayed in one of his favorite spots, a small town called Waterville Valley.
For more than six years, Palos Verdes Estate's resident Don Davis has been a securities lawyer by day and a murder mystery writer by night with stories inspired by his career and the South Bay.
Nearly three years ago, Manhattan Beach native and artist Gary Sweeney returned to his childhood home on 35th Street and tranformed it into an art exhibit before it was torn down. He covered the home with large-scale graphics of family photos taken by his “very serious amateur” photographer …
Palos Verdes' Mathieu Cailler always wrote for adults, publishing short story and poetry collections over the years, but his latest creation, “The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley,” is a children's book that stars a beetle who yearns to be a ladybug.
Steve Coulter put fiction writing on the back burner when he was a journalist and then a drummer for a punk band that signed a record deal. But about seven years ago, he decided to take fiction writing more seriously and developed a detective series using the South Bay that he grew up in as …
It's been 28 years since charges were dropped in the McMartin Preschool trial, but two writers have recently released a book about the case that sheds new light on what became the costliest trial in US history.
A group of unconventional artists formed their own writers’ room Saturday afternoon at the El Segundo public library as kids ranging in age from 4 to 12 years-old created their own comic book characters. It was all part of the “making a comic book” class as a part of the 19th annual “El Segu…
When best-selling author Dav Pilkey was in second grade, his teacher used the word underwear in class one day.
From a children's book illustrator to a South Bay photographer, the “Literary Luminaries: A Manhattan Beach Author's Fair,” features an eclectic mix of local talents Saturday, Aug. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Manhattan Beach Library.
With her new book, "Bitch: A Definitive and Restorative Guide," Redondo Beach author Arnette Wright Travis takes a serious look at how and why the B-word has become a synonym for women.
First-time author and Hermosa Beach resident Heidi Swan co-wrote her young adult novella "A Night in Jail" with her brother, Kirk Anderson.
Working for famed B-movie filmmaker Roger Corman gave Hermosa Beach's John Shepphird a crash course on micro-budget filmmaking. He uses that backdrop for his first novel, “Bottom Feeders,” a murder mystery on a remote T.V. movie set where bodies start piling up.
It was during the 1973 Kentucky Derby when newspaper man Bill Christine got a dose of jockey Bill Hartack's surliness. The legendary racehorse Secretariat had just blown away the field. Hartack's mount, Warbucks, finished last in the 13 horse field.
While Anne Frank died at 15 years old in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1946, Eva Schloss, now 88, lived to tell the horrors of the Holocaust.
Redondo Beach-based authors and certified personal trainers Debbie and Norm Compton have a new book: "Stacking, Your Skeletal Blueprint for Posture." The book offers easy-to-implement exercises that start from the bones out.
Sharkie Zartman is a wellness expert, coach, professor and an athlete. Now, she's also the editor of and contributor to the newly released book, "Empowered Aging: Expert Advice on Staying Healthy, Vital and Active."
Manhattan Beach author Wanda Maureen Miller has a new and vibrant book in "Last Trip Home." Having written an historical romance and three college textbooks, Miller says this just-published project “could not be more different.”
South Bay Film and Music Festival founder Jon Fitzgerald will discuss the second edition of his book “Filmmaking for Change,” Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach and Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Redondo Beach Main Library.
Cyclist Phil Gaimon, author of “Draft Animals,” will be in conversation with “local cycling guru” Seth Davidson at Pages bookstore in Manhattan Beach, on Friday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.
David Litt, President Obama’s speech and comedy writer, will discuss and sign copies of his memoir, "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years" on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Drew Logan's physical fitness helped him overcome three sudden cardiac arrests on October 4, 2004. But after recovering, he suffered from depression and short-term memory loss. He still has no recollection of what happened until Thanksgiving of that year.
Author, teacher and Redondo Beach resident Leslie Hauser says “I love to shape and mold each word in every sentence until I’ve crafted the perfect picture. This is probably why I enjoy writing poetry, and poetry is my favorite thing to teach.”
Dozens of writers will take part in the 17th annual El Segundo Public Library Author Fair Sunday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to discuss topics ranging from Southern California history to mystery fiction writing.
Daniel Riley's first novel is set in early 1970s South Bay where a young stewardess gets embroiled in smuggling cocaine amidst a rash of skyjackings around the country.
Manhattan Beach author Darryl Nyznyk has been fascinated by Jesus of Nazareth and the mystery surrounding the Shroud of Turin, an ancient linen cloth that apparently covered the body of a crucified man.
The 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic surf film “The Endless Summer” continues with the recent publication of a collector's collection that includes a coffee table book with stories from Dana Brown, son of the film's director Bruce Brown, as well a remastered DVD, and other colle…
Pages bookstore, located at 904 Manhattan Ave. in Manhattan Beach, hosts a celebration of Independent Bookstore Day Saturday, April 29, beginning at 11 a.m.
Morgan Getting, a 4th grader at Beryl Heights Elementary, is a bright, outgoing, articulate kid with a lot of ideas. She loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian someday. She also loves fashion design, and is thinking about ways she can combine the two. Her younger brother Jackson is "an…
Jamie Reidy's memoir as a pharmaceutical salesman, “Hard Sell,” became “Love and Other Drugs” starring A-list movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. His two follow up non-fiction books led nowhere. So in the summer of 2013, as a “middle-aged, unemployed and lonely bachelor wallowing …
Cindy Whitehead, the only woman to ever have a centerfold article in a skateboard magazine, is now the first woman to create a coffee-table photography book about skater girls. With "It's Not About Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls," Whitehead, who became a professional skateboarder …
On Sept. 25, 1936, the body of 28-year-old Reid Russell was found in the backyard of a home on what is now 2nd Street in Manhattan Beach. There was a bullet hole in his head and a .32 caliber pistol in his hand. It was officially ruled a suicide, but many clues point to another conclusion.
Shawn Corridan and Gary Waid both grew up in the same, small Florida town. Waid was a little older, but they attended the same schools. Corridan went to college and made a living at respectable jobs. Waid, on the other hand, ended up serving eight years in prison for smuggling 19 tons of mar…
During his decades as a journalist, Hermosa Beach's Ron Arias dodged bullets while covering wars, saw first hand the aftermath of natural disasters, covered headline-making murder trials and interviewed numerous celebrities, but his fiction writing often took a backseat to his many adventure…
More than three decades after “Footloose” topped the charts, was nominated for an Oscar and won a Grammy for “Song of the Year,” it is now a children's book that puts a twist on Kenny Loggins' signature song that he co-wrote with Dean Pitchford.
Ron Kovic, whose memoir “Born on The Fourth of July” was adapted into an Academy Award winning film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Oliver Stone, has a new book, “Hurricane Street,” which was published on July 4. Pages bookstore hosts Kovic at a free event Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning a…