Río L.A.

Río L.A.

Tales from the Los Angeles River

by Patt Morrison / photographs by Mark Lamonica / forewords by Julia Meltzer and Kevin Starr

Río L.A. Tales from the Los Angeles River poetically recounts, in dramatic words and even-more dramatic pictures, the history and lore of the once under-appreciated Los Angeles River. With attention focussed on the humble waterway by people and organizations throughout the country, the Los Angeles River is once again emerging as the heart of the region.

When Río L.A. was first published at the beginning of the millennium, few people even regarded the river, but aided by Morrison’s and Lamonica’s bestselling book, the Los Angeles River was rediscovered and has become the center of the county’s master plan to reestablish the river as the heart of the city. Morrison traces this rediscovery in her extensive new Afterword, following pages of river history, dating back to before the founding of the pueblo called Los Angeles. The combined skills of Morrison and Lamonica tell the extraordinary story of the river and the culture that revolves around this virtual oasis in a land of super highways and celluloid dreams.

Clockshop’s founder and director Julia Meltzer pens a contemporary Foreword, adding a fresh perspective for a new generation of readers. Her insightful words are coupled with the late Kevin Starr’s original Foreword, which combine to set the tone and recognize the importance of the book.

  • 144 pages
  • 200+ images
  • 8"h x 10"w
  • hardcover; ISBN 978-1-62640-103-7; $40.00
events online:
6 pm; Monday, February 7, 2022: Patt Morrison in conversation with Los Angeles Times writer Louis Sahagún; moderated by Tilly Hinton, PhD.
6 pm; Thursday, February 24, 2022: at Vroman's Bookstore, Patt Morrison in conversation with Julia Meltzer of Clockshop
      $40.00 USD