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  1. What: LAVA Literary Salon: A Dashiell Hammett Evening Where: Los Angeles Athletic Club, Saturday April 27 Cost: $100 including mid-century buffet dinner Ticket link: http://lavatransforms.org/lavasalonhammett ABOUT THIS SALON: Dashiell Hammett is remembered for both for his contributions to hard-boiled crime fiction and his stand against McCarthyism. Join Hammett scholar and granddaughter Julie M. Rivett as she explores her grandfather?s controversial political life, his relationship with Lillian Hellman, and the decades of consequent troubles that have tangled Hammett?s estate. Don?t m
  2. It all plays out against the bulldozed orange groves packed with new urban sprawl and under the desiccating sun: thwarted dreams and double crossing lovers, mothers, daughters, husbands and speculators. When it goes south, it goes fast. The gun smoking, the bodies piled up, the house foreclosed, and the bitter truth sinks in: you can't eat the sunshine. This Esotouric bus adventure celebrates the life, work, myths and passions of hard-boiled American novelist James M. Cain. In his best known novels (each one also made into a classic film) "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildred Pierce"
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