Bookstores in Los Angeles, CA
Founded in 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman, Vroman’s Bookstore is one of L.A.’s oldest and most revered establishments. Originally located just a few blocks west of its current location, Vroman’s has welcomed dozens of luminaries over the past century, including Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Upton Sinclair, Ray Bradbury and Salman Rushdie. Customers can enjoy an armchair sojourn in the travel section, plot their next meal from the food and cooking aisle, or laugh at loud while perusing the humor area. The monthly calendar is packed with book signings and events.
Sandwiched between a Starbucks and an Italian cafe, Apostrophe Books has a steady stream of customers wandering in and out its front door. This postage stamp-size destination, located in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, stocks new releases, cookbooks and travel guides. There's even a children's section tucked in the back. But what really sets this bookstore apart from its competition is its heavy schedule of book signings from both well-known authors and local writers. In addition, Apostrophe Books carries a selection of cards and novelty items.
Located in an unlikely place, along the Sunset Strip, Book Soup has been writing its story since opening in 1975. Boasting more than 60,000 titles in floor-to-ceiling shelves, this landmark bookstore specializes in art, film, photogrpahy, music, controversial non-fiction and literary fiction. Small presses dominate the shelves and their roster of high profile events, signed titles and celebrity bibiophiles have helped to put Book Soup on the map in Los Angeles. The staff at Book Soup has a passion for books and literature and are more than happy to make suggestions and recommendations to help grow your reading list, so feel free to ask.
Dragon Books has all the wondrous trappings of an estate-style library -- polished hardwood floors, an imposing hearth, parlor-style leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves, and scholarly bric-a-brac. Dragon Books isn't the type of store you drop by when you're in search of a summer read -- no, this store is for serious book collectors who can appreciate rare works and manuscripts. The store carries a large selection of significant 15th-20th century literary works as well as canons of science, art, history, philosophy and poetry. The only thing missing from Dragon Books is an area stocked with ascots and fine scotch.
Located in Los Angeles' historic Leimert Park, Eso Won Bookstore primarily carries books by African-American authors and specializes in African and African-American literature. Owners, James Fulgate and Thomas Hamilton, opened Eso Won, which is African for "water over rocks," in 1990 and they have established a strong and loyal customer base in the past two-decades. Eso Won Bookstore has earned a reputation for bringing the highest caliber of authors who come to the store to sign books and give readings -- in fact, in 1995, Barack Obama, a then young and unknown activist, signed copies of his book at Eso Won Bookstore.