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'Gangster Squad’ Author Paul Lieberman/USC Libraries Thursday (movie opens Fri)

Please note--this is a pre-pay event. Reply as WAITLIST, see instructions below.

After attending a recent tour of Raymond Chandler haunts I have become more interested in the gangster element of old L.A. This book seems to fit right in and I always enjoy hearing the author's perspective. Since it'll be out in theaters the next day I think that'll be a triple-whammie! Join me to hear him speak. We can munch on crudite and cheese and hob knob with each other and the author.

Author Paul Lieberman will speak about his book Gangster Squad, the basis of an upcoming Warner Bros. film of the same name, at the January 10 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Evening. An award-winning investigative journalist, Lieberman revealed through meticulous research the secret history of an LAPD unit that waged war against Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen in the 1940s and 1950s.

Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, and Josh Brolin, opens Friday, January 11. It will be eligible for the 2014 USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the year's best adaptation of the written word into film.

Please join Dean Catherine Quinlan and the Friends of the USC Libraries for a Literary Evening with 2014 Scripter-eligible author Paul Lieberman, on the eve of the theatrical release of Gangster Squad, a Warner Brothers film based upon his book of the same name.

Paul Lieberman is a journalist with more than a quarter century of experience as a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has won dozens of journalism honors, most for investigative projects, including the Robert F. Kennedy Awards Grand Prize, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award, and Scripps Howard Foundation Award.

Attire: Business Casual

Guest check-in 5:30 p.m.
Reception 6:00 p.m.
Lecture 6:45 p.m.

The Book:

A full decade before J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI even acknowledged the existence of the Mafia, the Los Angeles Police Department launched the real-life Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds while combating what city fathers saw as an “invasion of undesirables.” The squad planted bugs in mobsters’ bedrooms and took visiting hitmen into the Hollywood Hills for a chat … and a pistol in their ear. But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing Mickey Cohen, the strutting little gangster who for 15 years made a mockery of law and order in Los Angeles.

The Movie:


Admission includes parking and costs $15 for Friends of the USC Libraries members or $25 for non-members. BUT, I have negotiated the $15 rate for all of us. Therefore, I have made it a requirement to pay the $15 (plus $1 Paypal fee) to me beforehand and I will make a payment all at one time by mid-day Wednesday, 1/9/13. Parking is included and I will email you a # to give to the attendant later--please fill out your full name after RSVPing when asked. Once you RSVP and I buy the ticket, it is yours to keep or resell as needed though obviously there is limited time for that.


RSVP as WAITLIST. PAYPAL $16 to [masked] (note that Chrissys is plural). When I receive your payment I will move you to a Yes.


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  • Tom D

    Chrissy thanks for organizing.

    January 10, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Tom and Cecilia, we are in. I will send parking instructions later from her but basically it's off of Jefferson, parking structure D, our names are on the list. It's in Doheny Library, Room 241.

    January 9, 2013

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