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Mary Melton with Beach Volleyball Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings
Mary Melton interviewing Olympian Anita DeFrantz

In conversation with Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings (top photo) and Anita DeFrantz (below). Photographs by Jeff Drongowski 

In Conversation

Some recent virtual events Melton has moderated:


  • Did Wallace Stegner steal the idea—and the words—for his Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Angle of Repose?

  • Three iconic 1991 films that were prophetic in their outlook on
    Los Angeles, with
    Boyz n the Hood producer Steve Nicolaides
    and author Tim Grieving


  • How does science fiction reflect the culture of its time? A talk with award-winning critic and novelist Steve Erickson


  • The new “California canon” we should teach our students, and the debut of the California Book Club, with author John Freeman



  • Napa winemakers Priyanka French and Randy Dunn discuss how Northern California wineries are innovating their production to
    protect against smoke and burns



  • The force is strong with Steve Sansweet, ruler of the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia 

And some interviews in the press:


  • Can a mom forge a deeper connection with her son—and a divided country—on a 15-day journey along Route 66? A conversation with Alta Journal about her account of the trip




  • “Mary Melton is Someone We Really Like” for the Candidly questionnaire


  • An interview with the For Keeps podcast about her family's connection to Hawaii, and about collecting

  • A Q & A with Capital & Main about what’s wrong with the Los Angeles Times, and other civic matters

  • An interview with the Los Angeles Times about how Los Angeles magazine met, and beat, economic challenges

Celebrating director Ava DuVernay for LA Woman awards

Melton created the "LA Woman" franchise for Los Angeles magazine, which annually honored game changers like filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Photograph by Jeff Drongowski 

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