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Books: Ernest Hemingway’s long-lost LA visit, Edwidge Danticat and more

“Oh Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.” “Yes,” Jake famously replies at the end of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg, and we’ve got a great Hemingway story in our pages this week.

Ernest Hemingway, left, and Joris Ivens, right, working on their documentary about the Spanish Civil


David Kipen tells the long-forgotten tale of Ernest Hemingway’s visit to Los Angeles 80 years ago this week. Hemingway was raising money for the Spanish Civil War, screening a documentary that he’d made there. While in Hollywood — a place he typically avoided — he crossed paths with movie stars, directors, and the glitterati literati (Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald). Kipen, one of our critics at large and the former literature director of the NEA, has a bigger story to tell than just boldface names — don’t miss it.

Dorothy Parker threw a post-premiere party for Hemingway in L.A.


Books about writing are a tricky business, but Graywolf Press is doing a great job with its “The Art Of” series, which takes a huge, wide-open approach to the form. The latest is “The Art of Death” by Edwidge Danticat, which is primarily a memoir of her own

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