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L.A. Letters Books of 2014: Part 2

Following last week's list, this week L.A. Letters spotlights 10 more books, plus a poetic recording by one of L.A.'s most enduring poets.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Donald Byrd and Revolutionary Words

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Sing forevermore for the late piano prodigy from Venice.
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