Ryan Gattis on the lasting wounds of Los Angeles Riots

Writer and street artist Ryan Gattis on his acclaimed new novel All Involved, which explores the 1992 L.A. Riots from 17 different points of view.
A businessman holds his hand to his head as the store he owns burns down across the street from him during the Los Angeles Riots in the ealy morning hours of April 30, 1992. (Lee Celano/Reuters)

When writer and street artist Ryan Gattis moved to Los Angeles in 2008, just down the street from Skid Row, he saw a city that still bore wounds from the deadly riots in 1992.

His acclaimed new novel All Involved explores the fallout after two LAPD officers were acquitted for the beating of Rodney King -- a turning point that led to violence, arson and the deaths of 53 people. 

For Gattis, the answer, or at least part of it, can be found in what he calls "the hidden Los Angeles." All Involved examines the riots from 17 different points of view, from former firefighters, gang members, nurses, highway patrolmen and more.

"There are so many places here that never get on TV, that never get into movies, that rarely get into books. And yet living there is its own personal battle for survival," says Gattis.


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