Village Well to Host “Intersection of Pop Culture and Activism” with Phillips and Del Barco

Novelist and TV writer Gary Philips in conversation with national NPR arts correspondent Mandalit del Barco will explore the potent intersection of pop culture and social change at the Village Well on Nov. 10, 2022 at 7 pm. Ticket info is available at

With a penchant for writing mysteries and graphic novels, Gary Phillips has published numerous books, comics, and short stories. He is a co-producer on FX’s Snowfall, a show about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central, where he was raised and first organized around police abuse. Gary has also edited several anthologies, including Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes and the award-winning The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir. Initially published in 1994, his book Violent Spring was named one of L.A.’s essential crime novels in 2020.Gary’s latest books, One-Shot Harry and the two anthologies he co-edited this year, South Central Noir and Witnesses for the Dead, will be available for purchase and signing.

Mandalit del Barco is a national arts correspondent based at NPR West. She reports and produces stories about film, television, music, visual arts, dance and more; and has reported on everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art).

Village Well Books & Coffee, 9900 Culver Boulevard, Culver City CA 90232

Tickets, including wine and light refreshments, are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. All proceeds go to Volunteer Collective. Books available for pre-purchase at, click on the banner ad at the top of the page, or on site at the event.

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