When Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type circa 1440, he effectively changed the course of history: For the first time, printed material became available to the masses, breaking the aristocracy’s grip on literacy and education. Fast-forward nearly 600 years, and Gutenberg’s invention has spawned a modern U.S. book publishing industry that in 2014 generated about $28 billion in revenue.
Santa Barbara may not be the birthplace of the printing press, but it is — and has been — home to many lauded authors including Ross Macdonald and T.C. Boyle. Another writer in our midst recently joined the ranks of published authors, D.J. Palladino, a longtime Santa Barbara Independent contributor and new bookstore owner. His noir novel, Nothing That Is Ours, is a fantastical murder mystery in which 1958 Santa Barbara plays a significant role.
Read on to learn about the birth of Nothing That Is Ours in an interview with Palladino by Brandon Fastman. Also in this issue, find out what the S.B. Public Library and Chaucer’s Books suggest for the best summer reads, and check out two excerpts from Library Book: Writers on Libraries, a collection of short stories from area writers.