In advance of this weekend's Festival of Books, the LA Times has mapped a bunch of locations that feature in some of the classics of LA literature, plus bookstores and other bookish landmarks around town. The list of excerpts is by no means exhaustive, but the map includes snippets from all the usual suspects, including Joan Didion, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Chandler, and grumpy Mike Davis. Hollywood is well-represented, with Budd Schulberg calling the neighborhood "a small town, because there never seemed to be anything to do" in 1941, and further contributions from Nathaneal West and F. Scott Fitzgerald, plus Thomas Pynchon's famous "printed circuit" description from The Crying of Lot 49. In his introduction, Hector Tobar calls the map a first draft, so by all means head over and tell them all the writers and places they forgot.
· Literary L.A.'s landmarks, bookstores and iconic places [LAT]