News & Events

Upcoming Events

– Lecture at the “Architecture & Beyond” series at the Los Feliz library. November 14, 2019. Details TBA

-Guest speaker at the Los Angeles Breakfasts Club, January 2020, details TBA

-Guest speaker at the annual Lanterman House lecture series, February 2020, details TBA

Press Excerpts

  • Selected “Best Books of Summer 2019” by LA Weekly. “Fascinating and fun, Sun Seekers thoroughly chronicles the far-out history of California’s holistic-minded denizens and the lasting resonance of their quests for alternative modes of sustenance and environmental bliss.”

  •  Los Angeles Times: “Content and design conspire to create a fascinating picture, by turns charming and chilling, of other times that continue to echo through this place.”

  • Washington Post: “While she focuses on the past, Kilston suggests compelling comparisons between gurus such as Lovell and today’s health fads.”

  • Los Angeles Review of Books: “There’s so much there, and it’s so fascinating […] Lyra spins fascinating tales that will challenge your understanding of L.A. history

  • KCRW’s DNA with Frances Anderton: “Kilston sets the stage for Southern California’s emergence as a center of kooky cures and cults…”

  • “Excellent [..] Kilston’s book deftly connects the myriad threads between European health fads, early modernist architecture, and the synthesis of both in the high-end homes that began to stack up on Los Angeles hillsides.”

  • Daily Dose of Architecture Books: “highly enjoyable.”


Links to Press 

Los Angeles Times

Washington Post

Los Angeles Review of Books “Radio Hour” podcast

L.A. Weekly’s “Top 5 Art Books of the Summer


Vogue España, issue no. 68, “La Tierra del Sol”


KCRW’s Design and Architecture (DnA) radio broadcast/podcast

KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand: L.A. News and Culture

Hauser & Wirth’s URSULA magazine

Zócalo Public Square “Chasing the Sun’s Medicinal Rays”

dDAB Daily Dose of Architecture Books 

Yes Plz Weekly

KCHUNG Radio broadcast: Hour-long conversation on Paul Pescador’s show, “9am”

Excerpt in Palm Springs Life magazine: “I Obey the Laws of Nature” (On Palm Canyon hermit William Pester)

Excerpt in KCET’s Artbound: “Philip Lovell: The Eccentric Health Guru Behind Neutra’s Lovell Health House”



US Modernist’s podcast

Excerpt in Cabinet magazine



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Past Events

Plantasia at the Getty Center, September 7
Celebrate California plant culture with a special program inspired by 1970s Los Angeles and Plantasia, the iconic album made for plants and the people who love them. Worldwide curiosities guide Atlas Obscura and Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones Records teams up with the Getty’s Ever Present series to delve into the plant-centric cultural movement behind Mort Garson’s 1976 cult-classic electronic album Mother Earth’s Plantasia.

As part of Plantasia, Lyra Kilston, author of Sunseekers: The Cure of California, presents an illustrated, incomplete history of local vegetarian evangelists, from the late 19th century forward.



Talk at the LA Art Book Fair as part of The Classroom: a running series of informal lectures, readings, screenings, and other activities by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. Saturday, April 13. Followed by a cover of Eden Ahbez’ “Nature Boy” performed by Jess Cornelius.


Talk and book signing: “Built for Health” at Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 23, 2019


Book signing at Frieze LA as part of the Acid-Free Art Book Fair


February 2019: LAUNCH and signing at the Richard Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake


Artist Talk with Noémie Goudal & Lyra Kilston, moderated by Asha Bukojemsky
October 6, 2018 at the Neutra VDL House. Organized by Susannah Tantemsapya/Creative Migration.