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Recommended reading about Venice (some available at Small World Books, 1407 Ocean Front Walk, and/or Beyond Baroque Bookstore, 681 Venice Blvd.):

HISTORY

Venice California: Coney Island of the Pacific, by Jeffrey Stanton - Donahue Publishing, 1993 & 2005.

Abbot Kinney's Venice-of-America, Volume One, The Golden Years: 1905-1920,
Carolyn Elayne Alexander (1991)
Venice West: The Beat Generation in Southern California, by John Arthur Maynard. (1993)

Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles by Andrew Deener (2012)

Arthur L. Reese, "The Wizard of Venice" - Sonya Reese Davis with Jewell Lupoma. (2006)

A History of the Venice Area - Los Angeles Dept. of City Planning (1969)

100+ Year History of the Japanese American Community of Venice, by Perry Miyake Jr., with Tiffany Yoshikawa Sato & Alexa Giffen - Published by the Venice Japanese Community Center (2010)

POETRY

If The Dead Had Email - By Jim Smith (2011)

Hour of the Moon - By Hillary Kay (2010)

The Collected Poems of Philomene Long - Raven-Productions.com (2010)

The Selected Poems and Prose of John Thomas - Raven Productions.com (2011)

Bukowski in the Bathtub - By John Thomas

Memoirs of a Nun on Fire - By Philomene Long (2011)

Voices of the Lady: Collected Poems of Stuart Z. Perkoff (available at Beyond Baroque) (1998)

The Kid in America - Tony Scibella (available at Beyond Baroque) (1985)

Frank T. Rios:

• Love From The Darkside

• The Long Way Home

• She And Everything Else That Holds It Together

Clair Horner:

• Please Don't Tread On The Bread

• Please Don't Sit On The Left-Overs

• Please Don't Stumble Over The Brunch (on your way to lunch)

• Please Don't Step on the Bacon

• Please Don't Step on the Eggs Either

Bruno in Venice West & Other Poems, by Lawrence Lipton - Venice West Publishers (1976)

DOCUMENTARY

The Holy Barbarians, by Lawrence Lipton. Chronicle of the Beat Generation in Venice. Available at Powell's Books online.

Venice of America: The American Dream Come True,
by Sweet William

Call Someplace Paradise and Ghost Town, by Pat Hartman. Venice in the late 70s, early 80s. Also available online at Xlibris (includes more information about the book).

The Lure of a Land by the Sea, by Delores Hanney

Venice, California: A Centennial Commemorative in Postcards, 1905-2005, by Delores Hanney
Venice California, by Carolyn Elayne Alexander. Pictorial history of Venice.

Homeless in Paradise by William G. O'Connell

Venice, California: An Urban Fantasy - Horst Schmidt-Brummer - Grossman Publishers, New York, 1973.

Cottages in the Sun: Bungalows of Venice, California, by Margaret Bach and Melba Levick (2010)

Venice,CA: Art and Architecture in a Maveric Community, by Michael Webb and Juergen Nogai (2007)

Number Our Days, by Barbara Myerhoff - Simon and Schuster, 1978

A Red Brick Building, Ugly As Hell, in Venice, California by Marie-Gisèle Landes-Fuss (1984)

North Beach 90291 by Rich Mann

A Sea Shore Memoir by maryjane, 2005

Venice, California, 1904-1930,
by Annette Del Zoppo (1978)

Fantasy by the Sea by Tom Moran & Tom Sewell - Peace Press, 1979

The Colorful History of Venice, California Coloring Book, by Emily Winters and S.E. Mendelson (1978)

Venice Thru the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, by Bob Farrington

FICTION

Lions and Gondolas (Destiny's Consent), by Laura Shepard Townsend (2012)

windowlight, by ann nietzke - Soho, 1981

The Circle Bar And Grill by Joseph P. Farnan - Nine Press, Oakland, 2003

Death is a Lonely Business, by Ray Bradbury. The famous writer brings his descriptive powers to a novel set in Venice circa late 1940s.