Where My Books Have Been: The Last Bookstore

Monday, January 19, 2015

Los Angeles doesn't have many independent bookstores.  I blame this on two facts: 1. Los Angeles is primarily dominated by the entertainment industry, so most people are watching/making TV shows and movies instead of reading.  2. Los Angeles isn't very pedestrian friendly and most people drive everywhere, so there's not the same foot traffic that a lot of independent bookstores thrive on.

But even so, Los Angeles has its hidden gems, and one of my favorite independent bookstores is the Last Bookstore in DTLA.

The Last Bookstore pretty much has it all: a huge collection of both new and used books, including hard-to-find editions of your favorite classics and the most recent titles on The New York Times Best Seller list.  They also boast an impressive record selection for those of us who like to collect vinyl, and they have a backroom with an impressive array of used books that are only $1 each.  Throughout the store, you can see really cool art displays, many of which feature books and text in unique ways, and there are quiet corners to simply sit and read.  For those of us who like to peruse, the Last Bookstore has one room where everything is sorted by color, rather than author or title.

There are also a lot of great events at the Last Bookstore, including author events with such well-known names as B.J. Novak and Tony Hale.  Authors Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi even got married there!  Some of the store's upcoming events include comedy shows, musical performances, and a talk with literary agent Steven Hutson and 20 reasons you're not getting published.

If you ever find yourself in the DTLA area, I recommend that you stop in the Last Bookstore for an hour or two.  It's such a unique spot, and there's something there for everyone.

Where are your favorite places to read and/or write?


  1. The last book store is a really awesome place! I love the book sculptures they have throughout. It reminds me of a book art instalation that was in the stacks at Berkeley when I was there. And the color room has to be one of the oddest and fun ways to browse old books, it tickles my absurdist fancies to approach the organization of books in such a different way.

  2. Haha, so true! The Last Bookstore definitely feels a bit absurdist, almost like it could be in a Lewis Carroll novel. So I guess it's perfect!

    1. It really does feel like a Lewis Carroll novel in its absurdity. It also always reminded me of The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers.


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