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LA Times Editor Davan Maharaj Helps Kick Off UC Riverside Writers Week

What is the state of journalism today? You’ll get a very different answer depending on who you ask, with LA Times editor Davan Maharaj scheduled to give his latest take on that shifting topic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UC Riverside.

Maharaj will deliver the event’s Hays Press-Enterprise lecture. Given his paper’s emergence from parent company bankruptcy and ability to detach itself soon under new ownership, it should be an interesting talk. LAT columnist Hector Tobar will also speak earlier this afternoon, at 2:30 p.m.:

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture is a series devoted to addressing issues in journalism and the media that was begun in 1966 by the late Howard H. (Tim) Hays when he was editor of the Press-Enterprise newspaper…

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Hector Tobar Adds Another Award

LA Times columnist Hector Tobar already has a Pulitzer and a 2012 California Book Award gold medal for his latest novel, The Barbarian Nurseries. Tomorrow afternoon, he will officially take receipt of another on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.

Tobar is the 2012 winner of the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. He is being honored for his two novels as well as the non-fiction tome Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States. The intriguing thesis of that one is that because of the work Latino immigrants must engage in today to preserve their Latin American identities, they are “latter-day pioneers.”

“Hector Tobar is one of the most important social and political novelists of his generation,” said Mario T. García, the UCSB Chicana-Chicano studies and history professor who oversees the Leal Award each year. “His writings deal with the hidden lives of Latinos in Los Angeles and the United States. These are the people who live in the shadows due to their immigration status, and yet are very much a part of our contemporary American society. Tobar’s characters reveal themselves as human beings who need to be accepted and integrated by the rest of us. Tobar is their voice.”

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Slake to Host New ‘After Dark’ Reading Series

Literary mag Slake has announced they’re going to be hosting a monthly reading and music series called “After Dark” at their Atwater Crossing headquarters. Every month, a different LA author will hold a reading and lecture to be followed by a band curated by Spaceland. The series debuts November 10 with LA Times columnist and author Hector Tobar–who will take the stage to read from and discuss his latest novel The Barbarian Nurseries. Country rockers RT ’N’ the 44s will play a set afterward.

The event is free. More info here.

Hector Tobar Agrees with Cops: Ruben Salaz­ar Wasn’t Murdered

Rather, “it was a stupid and entirely preventable accident,” the LA Times columnist reflects after studying the Sheriff’s Dept.’s documents of the investigation of Salazar’s death. Those documents, along with an independent review by a city watchdog agency, were finally released in February of this year.

The back story: in 1970, local journalist Ruben Salaz­ar was covering a protest against the Vietnam war in East Los Angeles when he was killed by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy. Salaz­ar was an accomplished and trailblazing Latino journalist who had worked at the LA Times and Spanish language TV station KMEX. His tragic death became a lighting rod for controversy, a suspected assassination, and a symbol of police brutality against the Latino community.

In those hundreds of pages of police documents, Hector Tobar found some poetry:

Ruben Salazar had been lying on the floor of the Silver Dollar Bar for nearly three hours when a pair of homicide detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department finally arrived to examine his body.

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LA Times Columnist Offers Wonky Pointers on How to Be a ‘True Angeleno’

Longtime LA Times staffer Hector Tobar (pictured) is getting a lot of tweets and Facebook shoutouts today for his column containing the top ten ways to behave like a “true Angeleno.” This despite the fact that the list is about as nimble as Derek Fisher‘s 2010-11 transition defense.

FishbowlLA had to laugh at Tobar’s #2 – “Use your turn signals.” Uh, not sure what LA Tobar has been driving in, but as far as we know, that’s the very opposite way to be mistaken for a multi-tasking LA-er. Heck, even when at a four-way stop sign intersection, people here almost never offer the courtesy of an activated blinker. (We’ve got the many near-collisions to prove it.)

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The Los Angeles Review of Books Debuts a Preview Website

The new Los Angeles Review of Books, originally scheduled to launch last October, has finally surfaced online — albeit at a temporary address. A Tumblr blog set up at lareviewofbooks.org promises daily updates of essays, book reviews and interviews, with a more comprehensive website on the horizon. The site’s first post: “The Death of the Book,” by local author Ben Ehrenreich.

Editor Tom Lutz has a grand vision for LARB, which can be found on the publication’s facebook page:

We will have regular columnists, a book news compendium, and a vast array of multimedia content—not just video and audio interviews, but readings, audio book excerpts, Skype mini-interviews, video interchanges, recorded readings, live reports from book festivals and other events—and all sorts of things we haven’t thought of yet. We’re hoping, in other words, not just to be an alternate delivery form for the dying print book review, but to help develop new ways of fostering the conversation about books and culture.

No print review could contain all of this, but we hope to eventually publish a ‘best of’ print edition; it may start as an annual, turn into a quarterly, and wind up a monthly.

To this end Lutz has recruited a cast of notable contributors, including Janet Fitch, Michael Tolkin, Hector Tobar, Cecil Castellucci, Mark Sarvas, and Laurie Winer.