The Madeleine Brand Show for December 21, 2011

Best from California - Book critic David Kipen gives his year-end review

"New California Writing 2011," is one of David Kipen's picks for 2011.

As critics around the country prepare their best-of lists for the year, David Kipen offers up different favorites for 2011. Kipen joins the show to share the best books published in California during the past year.

"Exhibitionist," by April Dammann (Angel City Press)

"Bin Laden's Bald Spot and Other Stories," by Brian Doyle (Red Hen Press)

"Los Angeles Stories," by Ry Cooder (City Lights)

"Tomorrow is Another Song," by Scott Wannberg (Perceval Press)

"New California Writing 2011," by Gayle Wattawa (Heyday)

"Car-Free Los Angeles and Southern California," by Nathan Landau (Wilderness Press)

"Los Angeles Review of Books," edited by Tom Lutz (MGM)

"Hollywood's Greatest Backlot" by Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester and Michael Troyan (Santa Monica Press)

"2000 Years of Mayan Literature," by Dennis Tedlock (UC Press)

"Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife," by Philip L. Fradkin (UC Press)

"Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired," by Franz Kafka by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly, eds. (Tachyon Books)


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