PROVOCATIVE AND ENTERTAINING: An imaginative take on Los Angeles from the vantage of the legendary Chateau Marmont, a 1927 Norman castle whose clientele have included Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Warren Beatty, and most notoriously, John Belushi, who died of an overdose in one of the bungalows. HIGH QUALITY, LOW PRICE: A winning combination of elegant design, high production value, and low price point. MULTI-MEDIA SUPPORT: Series is being supported across National Geographic media, including the magazines, the National Geographic Channel, and nationalgeographic.com. Los Angeles is perhaps the most surreal place in America - simultaneously a city of the future and a city of the past. In fact and fiction, its landscapes, hills, and valleys are the backdrop against which our anxieties and influences play out. Built in the 1920's as apartments and then later converted to a hotel, the Chateau Marmont is a cultural icon, its once tarnished image now a celebrated patina. This is where the famous and the infamous come to stay - some for a few days, others for months at a time.
It remains a mythological mecca, a focus point in a city that is an epicenter for visionaries, romantics, and dreamers.
A.M. Homes, author of three novels and two short-story collections and the winner of numerous awards will immerse herself in the landscape and culture of Los Angeles partly through her exploration of the history of the hotel and the everyday life there. She will tap into the stories of the staff and of the guests as well as the facts surrounding such legendary events as the death of John Belushi. Homes will live at the hotel as a witness and a cultural anthropologist - an outsider looking in.