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Touring Marcos McPeek Villatoro's Dark L.A.

Villatoro at his writing desk, pounding the keys of his old-school manual typewriter.
Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR
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Villatoro at his writing desk, pounding the keys of his old-school manual typewriter.

Karen Grigsby Bates tours suburban San Fernando Valley with Day to Day commentator and mystery writer Marcos McPeek Villatoro to talk about his latest book, A Venom Beneath the Skin.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.