It’s late and I must get there.” The story looks at the lives of American immigrants, Spanish padres and missions, Mexican Californios and Tongva/Gabrieleno Indians.It was first inspired back in 1981 when Crane was in Bixby Knolls waiting for a work appointment. Published by Lagoon House Press, the 350-page novel, which recently won the the Historical Fiction category at the fifth annual International Beverly Hills Book Awards, is set in the 1840s in what is now Long Beach and Los Angeles when it was part of Mexico. Without knowing exactly why, she took out her journal and wrote, “I’m heading for the ranch house.
This led to the years of research and a story that follows Henry Scott, an immigrant from St. Louis who wants to escape his abusive father and arrives at the Pueblo of Los Angeles during the final days of the Mexican rule looking for a better life. For the next 20 years that imagined character kept popping up in her mind until she finished her first novel and finally started looking into the history of the area to determine who that person could have been. That person came out of nowhere and I imagined him as someone who was riding his horse across the hills of Los Cerritos,” she said. “I didn’t know who that was.
River watershed looked like less than 200 years ago.When: 7 p.m. Thursday.Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. Tickets: $5.Information: 562-590-3100, www.aquariumofpacific.org. What: Author Barbara Crane talks about how her book “When Water Was Everywhere” shows what the L.A.
The Early Los Angeles River Watershed Through Fiction and Photographs
Almost every sentence required me to go into books mostly, and then of course the internet, the main Los Angeles public library downtown just researching everything I could about Los Angeles and the environment and what it looked like at the time,” Crane said. The idea for her latest novel came to this Long Beach writer with a simple phrase that nevertheless led to more than a decade of meticulous research and will take readers back to the 1800s and a time “When Water Was Everywhere.”That’s the name of the new novel by Barbara Crane, a local writer whose story is set in the Los Angeles area, and in particular what was yet to become Long Beach at a time when the landscape was lush and the Los Angeles River flowed naturally. “I did a great deal of research.
She will speak in a program called <URL destination="http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/the_early_los_angeles_river_watershed_through_fiction_and_photographs/">“The Early Los Angeles River Watershed Through Fiction and Photographs.” </URL>“Like visual arts, fiction can play an important role in sparking the curiosity of the public to become more engaged in science. It is our hope that the audience will be inspired to learn more about our local rivers and coastal ocean and their importance to people and wildlife,” said Dr. The author, whose first novel “The Oldest Things in the World” was published in 2001, will discuss her new book and the years of research it took her to complete it during a lecture at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m. We are pleased to have Barbara here to discuss her new book. Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO. Jerry R.