This Is (Not) L.A.: An Insider’s Take on the Real Los Angeles

Jen Bilik, Kate Sullivan, Jonathan Gold


Think you know L.A.? Dive into this expert debunking that disproves myths and clichés about the world’s most misunderstood city then, like, think again.

  • Foreword by food critic Jonathan Gold and bitchin’ cover blurb from L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Full of little-known factoids about the City of Angels for example, L.A. has more PhDs than any other city in the U.S.!
  • By Jen Bilik (a 20-year L.A. resident) with Kate Sullivan (an L.A. native!), actually written IN Los Angeles, coincidentally where Knock Knock’s global HQ is located
  • Paperback; 8.5 x 6.25 inches, 168 pages

Creator Bio

JEN BILIK is an L.A.-based author and the founder of Knock Knock, independent makers of witty books and gifts. Before starting the company in 2002, she was an editor and writer of books on art, architecture, urbanism, design, and popular culture. Drawing on her publishing background, she piloted Knock Knock’s expansion into books, authoring several herself while overseeing the production of over one hundred more. In January 2018, Bilik became CEO of the Who’s There Group following Knock Knock’s acquisition of Emily McDowell Studio and People, Places & Things.

KATE SULLIVAN was born in Hollywood and grew up in Koreatown among salt-of-the-earth writers. She has been an editor and writer at Knock Knock since 2011. She is also an independent radio producer and journalist. Kate’s work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, Spin, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Teen People, City Pages, and L.A. Weekly, where she served as music editor and wrote an award-winning column.

JONATHAN GOLD, former restaurant critic for Los Angeles magazine, California magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986. He is currently the New York restaurant critic for Gourmet.

Price £11.95
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 1 November 2018
Pages 168
Height 216mm
Width 159mm
Rights UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Greece, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Portugal
ISBN-13 9781601069184