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Episode 48: Katie Orphan: Author and book consultant Katie Orphan stopped by the Jam to talk about her book Read Me, Los Angeles: Exploring L.A.’s Book Culture. Turns out literary tourism is another thing Brad didn’t know existed, so they took a deep into how Katie’s life led her to curating books for a living and writing about experiencing the world through the eyes of literary figures and their haunts. Less on the pandemic, more on life with words.
About Katie Orphan
Katie Orphan is the owner of Orphan Books Inc., a book-business consultancy; before that, she worked at the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. for a decade.
The co-author of the Last Bookstore’s guide to downtown L.A. and the author of the recurring feature “Drinking with the Ghost” for the Los Angeles Review of Books, she’s been a longtime literary explorer.
She earned a BA in English literature from Whitworth University and an MA in literature and history from the University of Sheffield, where she studied with experts in literary tourism. Orphan lives in Los Angeles, where she always finds new places to explore.