Nicolas' recommended reading list

Posted to Exhibitions, Kunstformidling on 01.11.2016, 15:37 by Susanne Roald with

Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth is the curator behind the literary program of the exhibition "Los Angeles – A Fiction", and a specialist within Los Angeles-literature. In the following list, he gives us exclusive tips on some of his best book recommendations associated with the city’s diverse literary production. For those who are interested in exploring L.A.'s extensive literary production, this may be an excellent place to start!

In the book published alongside the exhibition, we have chosen extracts from several of the listed texts and authors to complement the artworks. The complete collection of texts is available in our web catalog. By clicking on each book you can read excerpts from Nicolas' recommendations.

Nicolas’ top 10 recommended books from Los Angeles:

James Frey, Bright Shiny Morning, 2008 (HarperCollins)

Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero, 1985 (Simon & Schuster)

Romain Gary, White Dog, 1970 (NAL)

Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays, 1970 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Reyner Banham, Scenes in America Deserta, 1982 (Gibbs M. Smith)

Michael Connelly, The Narrows, 2004 (Little, Brown & Company)

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves, 2000 (Pantheon Books)

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, 2015 (Graywolf Press)

Karen Tei Yamashita, Tropic of Orange, 1997 (Coffee House Press)

Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man, 1964 (Simon & Schuster)

Did you find a book of interest? The books are available for purchase at Astrup Fearnely Shop, which also has a large selection of books from Los Angeles on occasion of the exhibition.

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