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The Battle for Beverly Hills is available wherever books are sold. See below for locations where I'll be be reading from, taking questions about, and signing copies of my book.  


March 10–11, 2018 | Tucson Festival of Books 


What a wonderful festival! Here is a photo with Mara Purl and Melissa Schorr, my fellow panelists on "From Articles to Books: Journalists Make the Leap"  at the UA Bookstore

March 15, 2018 at 7 PM | Barnes & Noble, The Grove


I could not have asked for a better audience for the L.A. launch of The Battle for Beverly Hills. Thanks to everyone who came!

April 7, 2018 at 1PM | Book Passage,
Corte Madera
, CA


The day before there was torrential rain, but Saturday was perfect! I had a wonderful time reading and answering questions to the small, but very engaged, audience at Book Passage. It was an honor to be there. 

April 10, 2018 at 7PM | Beverly Hills Public Library

Speaking about The Battle for Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hills Public Library was like a homecoming: it is where I stumbled on the story of the attempted annexation while working on my previous book, In the Spirit of Beverly Hills. A big thanks to Mysterious Galaxy's Creating Conversations program (and for being the bookseller) and to everyone who joined us for the reading and lively Q&A that followed!

April 21, 2018 at 1PM, LA Times Festival of Books
Mysterious Galaxy Booth #368
June 28, 2018 at 7PM | Glendale Central Library

Calling all Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley lovers of local history and the independent cities of Southern California: I'll be talking to Tom Nolan about The Battle for Beverly Hills and how one city used the new phenomenon of celebrity to hold L.A. at bay. At the Downtown Glendale Library as part of its Arts & Culture Program. See you there!


From Booklist 

"Clare pens an illuminating history of not only the genesis of a fabled city but also the emergence of the rarefied world of personality politics." 

From Kirkus

"A fascinating, little-known history on the evolution of an iconic city whose destiny was forever altered by a group of concerned celebrities."

From Jewish Journal

"…a historian with a winning style of storytelling…Clare draws an unbroken line from Mary Pickford to Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump — all media celebrities who played on their fame to win public office."

From Ashley Dyer 


"Enlightening and entertaining, this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys film, politics, history – or Hollywood insider gossip." 


Excerpt of The Battle for Beverly Hills
in Los Angeles Magazine

Can't wait until you get the book to start reading about how the 1920s' stars of the silver screen saved Beverly Hills? Grab the March 2018 issue of Los Angeles Magazine


Take Two on KPCC

My interview with A Martinez hit a lot of the high points of The Battle of Beverly Hills

The LA You May Not Know:
The Beverly Hills 8 on

KNBC did a fabulous job of bringing the celeb-political connection to life in this video interview about the book

Jeff Schechtman's "Specific Gravity" on 

It's a long interview, but I relished the opportunity to really dig into the origins of celebrity politics!

Press Play on KCRW 

Keeping Beverly Hills an independent city and fighting off annexation to Los Angeles in 1923 was the first time celebrities involved themselves in the politics of self-interest. It wouldn't be the last.  

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