Peer beneath Hollywood’s tourist veneer as USC professor Andrew Chater leads you to the real-life sights that inspired Nathanael West’s iconic LA novel, The Day of the Locust.
Whether or not you’ve read the book before, you’ll have no problem following along as Andrew brings the tale of Tod Hackett to life in 21st century Hollywood. Plus, you’ll leave with a copy of the book, so consider the tour a prelude to a future reading adventure.
Andrew Chater is an award-winning writer, producer, director and presenter of historical documentaries who currently teaches literature courses at the University of Southern California. In addition to his academic pursuits, Chater combines his passion for travel and fiction in a concept he created called Bookpackers – matching classic and contemporary novels with destinations and taking reading on the road. Chater is a graduate of Cambridge University and later worked for the BBC before starting his own production company; in 2011, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he lives today.
Experience La La Land from the writer’s perspective, including the theatres, homes and palm-dotted streets that inspired California scribe Nathanael West.
- 2 hours
- Start Time
- Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 13:00
- Call our travel specialists 24/7 on 1 800 464 2040 or contact us to find availability
- Experience location
- You will be meeting Andrew Chater at a Hollywood landmark; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.