Los Angeles in the 1970s with Editor David Kukoff in Conversation with Writers Joe Donnelly, Matthew Specktor and Susan Hayden

Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Consummate Hollywood all rounder David Kukoff dons his editing hat for Los Angeles in the 1970s, an anthology featuring new and established writers giving us a prismatic vision of Tinsel Town and its environs in the decade that brought us everything from the Symbionese Liberation Army to feminist installation art. He is joined in conversation with contributors Joe Donnelly, Susan Hayden and Matthew Specktor. Whether you’re too young to remember the seventies or old enough to know better, join us for their take on an indelible time in this ever-in-flux locale. Reading, discussion, q&a and signing.

losangeles-1970sThe 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring Joe Donnelly on Venice from Abbot Kinney to Z-boy skaters, Matthew Specktor’s reflections on The Z Channel, the Doors’ John Densmore on being a rock star, Susan Hayden’s poem about growing up in Encino in the ’70s, and many, many more.

Contributions Include:Debra Wacks—the first all-women installation art piece in LA; Samantha Geimer—Roman Polanski; Dana Johnson—first hand encounter with the SLA house; Jeremy Rosenberg—Anthony Davis, the USC tailback that succeeded OJ Simpson; Jillian Franklyn—teenage promiscuity in the 1970s; Steve Hodel—1970s Hollywood Hills swing house turned kidnapping; Geza X—producing LA punk icons.

davidkukoffA graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood and has published two books on film and television writing. His first novel, Children of the Canyon was about a boy growing up in Laurel Canyon in the 1970s as the counterculture is coming to an end. This led to a commission from Children’s  publisher, Rare Bird Li, to edit the anthology Los Angeles in the 1970s.  He is at work on a second novel, a follow-up to the anthology, and just sold a script to Film Nation about the battle between Phyllis Schlafly and Gloria Steinem over the ERA.

mattspecktorMatthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The Believer, and in numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist and writer. His short story, “Bonus Baby” was selected for the prestigious 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He teaches english and journalism at Whittier College.


Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, novelist & essayist. She is also the creator/producer of the long-running lit series, Library Girl, which runs the 2nd Sunday of every month at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Last year she won the Artist In The Community Award for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.”