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Independent Booksellers in Los Angeles County
By Location

City

Bookshop

Address

Telephone

Bellflower

Libreria Cristiana Un Faro de Luz Supply Store (Religious)

10070 Rosecrans Ave

(562) 461-8852

Brentwood

Diesel, A Bookstore

225 26th St, Ste 33

(310) 576-960

Compton

Your Christian Supply Store (Religious)

809 S Willowbrook Ave

(310) 763-7440

Covina

Covina Book Store

234 N Citrus Ave

(626) 966-7434

The Book Shop

134 N Citrus Ave

(626) 967-1888

Encino

Storyopolis

16740 Ventura Blvd

(818) 990-7600

Inglewood

Judah Box Supply Store (Religious)

344 S Market St

(310) 672-8711

La Canada Flintridge

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse

1010 Foothill Blvd

(818) 790-0717

La Canada Books & Toys

653A Foothill Blvd

(818) 790-1250

La Verne

Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop (Children)

1030 Bonita Ave

(909) 599-4558

Long Beach

Apostrophe Books

4712 E Second St

(562) 438-7950

Cultura Latina Bookstore (Latino)

4125 Norse Way

(562) 982-1515

Los Angeles

Chevalier's Books

126 N Larchmont

(323) 465-1334

Children’s Book World

10580˝ Pico Blvd

(310) 559-2665

Dawson’s Book Shop

535 N Larchmont Blvd

(323) 469-2186

Eso Won Books (African American)

4331 Degnan Blvd

(323) 290-1098

Hennessey & Ingalls

Space 15 Twenty
1520 N Cahuenga Bl, Ste 8

(323) 466-1256

The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St, Ground Flr

(213) 488-0599

Libros Revolucion Bookstore (Politics)

5726 Hollywood Blvd

(323) 463-3500

Opamp-Technical Books

1033 N Sycamore Ave

(800) 468-4322

Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Ave

(323) 660-1175

Traveler's Bookcase (Travel)

8375 W Third Ave

(323) 655-0575

Word of Life Christian Bookstore (Religious)

7223 S Main St
(West) 6321 West Blvd

(323) 758-2733
(West) (323) 295-8223

Malibu

Diesel, A Bookstore

3890 Cross Creek Rd

(310) 456-9961

Manhattan Beach

Pages: A Bookstore

904 Manhattan Ave

(310) 318-0900

Montrose

Once Upon a Time

2207 Honolulu Ave

(818) 248-9668

Pasadena

Distant Lands Travel Books And Outfitter (Travel)

20 S Raymond Ave

(800) 310-3220

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E Colorado Blvd

(626) 449-5320

San Marino

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe

2424 Huntington Dr

(626) 309-0222

San Pedro

Williams' Book Store

443 W Sixth St

(310) 832-3631

Santa Monica

Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature

720 Santa Monica Blvd

(310) 458-6111

Hennessey & Ingalls

214 Wilshire Blvd

(310) 458-9074

South Pasadena

Book'em Mysteries

1118 Mission St

(626) 799-9600

Holy Family Bookstore (Religion)

1527 Fremont Ave

(626) 403-6133

Venice

Small World Books

1407 Ocean Front Walk

(310) 399-2360

West Hollywood

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd

(310) 659-3110

Mystery Pier Books

8826 Sunset Blvd

(310) 657-5557

Visit the website of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.

 

Vroman's Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena is the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California. It opened its doors n 1894.

Brodrick & Reilly, the first bookstore in Los Angeles, opened on Spring Street in 1871.

Sisterhood Bookstore at 1351Westwood Boulevard closed in 1999 after 27 years of selling books about women.

On July 8, 2004, the venerable Midnight Special Bookstore closed its doors after more than 30 years. The bookseller first opened in in 1970 in Venice, California, to respond to the demands of young adult readers opposed to the Vietnam War and supportive of the Civil Rights Movement. The store seemed more like a political and social calling than a business, mostly run by volunteers over the next 15 years. In 1980, the store moved to a sleepy outdoor shopping are on Third Street in Santa Monica, becoming a center for political and social dissension during the Reagan years. Maya Angelou, Oliver Stone, Dave Marsh, Margaret Randall, Jello Biafra and Frank Zappa were some who held appearances at the store. The store was supportive of artist Robbie Conal who papered Los Angeles area streets with posters of "Men with No Lips" and "Women with Teeth." (Robbie Conal). They were a rallying point for the National Coalition of the Homeless. In 1992, the store moved up the street to a larger location where they opened a cultural center and welcomed such writers as Octavia Butler, bell hooks, Paul Coelho, Slavoj Zizek, Eduardo Galeano, Viggo Mortensen, Dave Eggers, Elaine Brown, Lalo Alcaraz, Khaled M. Abou El Fadl, Walter Mosley, Trinh Minh-Ha, Edward Said, Junko Mizuno, Luis Rodriguez and Tariq Ali. Competition from "big chain" booksellers, however, eventually took its toll on the independent bookseller. In 2003, declining economic fortunes and rising rents on the now-trendy Third Street Promenade forced the store move again. Despite donations and volunteers, the store was not able to reopen for eight months and the delay and resultant debts led the store to close.

Dawson's Book Shop on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles is the oldest antiquarian bookshop in Los Angeles County. It opened its doors in 1905.

Chevalier’s Books of Los Angeles opened in 1939.

Opened in 1966, Once Upon a Time of Montrose is the oldest children’s bookstore in the United States.

Remembering some late, great Los Angeles area bookstores:
Acres of Books, Long Beach
Bodhi Tree Bookstore, West Hollywood
California Map & Travel Center, Santa Monica
Dutton’s Brentwood Books
Dutton's Books Beverly Hills
Dutton's Books North Hollywood
Geographia Map & Travel Book Store, Burbank
Midnight Special, Santa Monica

 

 

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