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The Topanga Story – Expanded Edition
Edited by Michele Johnson (2012), expanding on the original edition edited by Louise Armstrong York (1992)

The expanded edition is part in-depth history book, part lavish art book. Building on the sold-out first edition, it is meticulously researched and offers much more about Topanga’s eccentric history and quirky citizens — from its early pioneers to the beats, hippies, rockers, artists and activists who have made the community unique. There are dozens of new photos, from colorful Canyon beauty shots to priceless historical prints. It’s a feast for the mind and the eyes.


The Topanga Story, Expanded Edition – SPECIAL EDITION
Edited by Michele Johnson (2012), expanding on the original edition edited by Louise Armstrong York (1992)

This is a limited edition of 100 volumes and is linen-bound, boxed and embossed with a memorable shot of an iconic Topanga oak grove.


Southern California’s Prettiest Drive (1925, reprint)

This is a reproduction of a charming 1920s-era booklet about taking a stage tour of Topanga Canyon and visiting the Canyon’s many resorts and attractions.


Topanga Beach Experience: 1960s-1970s by Paul Lovas and Pablo Capra (Brass Tacks Press, 2011)

At 16, surfer Paul Lovas moved to a house on Topanga Beach. His memoir covers up until 1978, when the houses were bulldozed and the beach became public.



Topanga Beach: A History, 1820s-1920s by Pablo Capra (Brass Tacks Press, 2020)

Lower Topanga was a beach community of about 300 people at its peak who lived on the border between Topanga, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, and Santa Monica. This lost history, compiled from years of research and rare interviews, reshaped how we think about not only the beach, but the surrounding towns as well.

Topanga Beach History Calendar
 by Pablo Capra (Brass Tacks Press)
Featuring excerpts from the book.



Life in Malibu I by Suzanne Guldimann (West of the Moon Books, 2018)

This book, written by a Malibu native and longtime local journalist and illustrated throughout with original and archival photos, offers a look at the history and nature of this famous seaside community.

Life in Malibu II by Suzanne Guldimann (West of the Moon Books, 2021)

The second volume of Malibu’s history.