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Winter book preview

Local and national booksellers discuss some of the books they're most anticipating in 2013.

January 11, 2013|By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

"Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party" by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. will already be on the shelves at Eso Won Books by the time you read this. "We're going to do really well with that," says the store's James Fugate. He also sees broad appeal for Sister Souljah's "A Deeper Love Inside," out later this month and a continuation of "The Coldest Winter Ever," which he says "sells and sells and sells."

Diesel Books in Brentwood, Malibu and Oakland

Store co-owner John Evans is looking forward to a couple of novels: "Schroder" by Amity Gaige and "Benediction" by Kent Haruf, both coming in February. Mostly though, he's been thinking of art. There's "Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years" coming in May, and February's "A Handbook of Modern Design: 1930-1965" a companion to 2011's "California Design: Living in a Modern Way."

Arcana Books in Culver City

The art bookstore has its sights on a handful of significant books about Southern California life, art, and architecture. "Never Built Los Angeles" by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, arrives in April with a forward by Thom Mayne. The book pulls together archival drawings and recent illustrations of 100 visionary-but-unbuilt works that would have given different shape to our city. Very soon co-owner Lee Kaplan expects the arrival of "James Welling," a retrospective published by Aperture. Welling, who teaches at UCLA, is "an artists' artist," Kaplan explains, "one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets." Another anticipated title is "The Plight of the Torpedo People," a photo book of body surfing tied to Keith Malloy's film "Come Hell or High Water." And fans of artist Ed Ruscha can look forward to "Various Small Books," edited by Wendy Burton and Jeff Brouws, which looks at almost 100 small art books that riffed on Ruscha's seminal pieces such as "26 Gasoline Stations" and "Every Building on the Sunset Strip."

Barnes & Noble

The first book that Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing, wanted to talk about was a memoir: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's "My Beloved World." The book steps carefully past her legal history and instead focuses on Sotomayor's youth growing up poor in the Bronx. "It's like 'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn,'" says Bostelman, who met Sotomayor to discuss the book. "She tells a very personal story." Another nonfiction book by a major female player — Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" — is coming in March. In fiction, Bostelman expects big things from a writer unknown in America: Herman Koch's "The Dinner" is a suspenseful international bestseller about two families that meet — yes, for dinner — to discuss something bad that their sons have done. Also on her radar are Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life," a literary novel coming in May; perennial bestseller Robert Crais' "Suspect," out later this month and Harlan Coben's "Six Years," which arrives in March.

The bookstore chain is also looking forward to two movie tie-in editions. There's Max Brooks' "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" starring Brad Pitt, which comes to screens in November, as does "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, the young adult science fiction story of child warriors. "Even if a movie isn't all that successful," Bostelman says, "It's a great way to sell books."

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