Local independent bookstores to visit and support

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Whether you’re looking for a small business to support or a new place to visit in the big city, these bookstores offer a little something for anyone looking to broaden their horizons and enrich their minds through reading. From mystery bags to special art collections to engaging programs, these various independent bookstores are all just a 10-minute drive from campus.

Lauren Schatzman | Daily Trojan

The last library

One of the largest independent bookstores in the world, The Last Bookstore is a go-to shop, aesthetically pleasing and full of corners for photo ops. In addition to a renowned collection of vinyl records and graphic novels, the Rare Book Annex contains collectors’ books and works of art in all mediums. Dave Lovejoy Art Galleries, Gather Yarn Shop, Fold Gallery, and Spring Arts Collective are great places for art geeks.

Skylight Books

Lauren Schatzman | Daily Trojan

Skylight Books curates several exciting features for customers, such as virtual bookshelves curated by authors and illustrators, Rabbit Hole and Imaginary Friends Book Clubs, and Book Bouquets, based on a variety of exciting themes. The bookstore also hosts a weekly podcast and in-store Author Conversations for meaningful discussions of newly published works.

Malik Books

The black-owned Malik Books store focuses on culturally diverse selections of books, gifts and stationery. Along with a new ongoing podcast called “Malik’s Bookshelf”, the store aims to positively encourage a love of reading in the local community. Through literature, Malik Books connects and elevates the voices of Black and Indigenous people and people of color by displaying relevant history and familiar characters in accessible stories and artwork.

Lauren Schatzman | Daily Trojan

The Knight’s Books

Founded in 1940, Chevalier’s Books is the oldest independent bookstore in Los Angeles. In addition to weekly author conversations and book clubs for all ages, Chevalier’s Books offers bilingual poetry nights. Missed an event? Event recordings can be found on their YouTube channel.

Books by Larry Edmunds

Larry Edmunds Books is a haven for film, theater and art history located in Hollywood. Carrying critical assets and film stills, Larry Edmunds also hosts screenings, connecting fans with creators and artists. For those wishing to delve into the history of the city that is at the heart of entertainment, Larry Edmunds is home to a remarkable collection well worth a visit.

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