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LARB’s Naked Booksellers Program is a collaboration with independent bookstores to help tell their stories and broaden their visibility across the country and around the world. If you are a bookseller interested in participating, or know of a bookstore you think we should be talking about, please contact ginger@lareviewofbooks.org. For a complete list of participating stores, please visit our Naked Booksellers tumblr page.

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Left Bank Books: A Literary Landmark Celebrates 45 Years in St. Louis

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Photo: Left Bank Books co-owner Kris Kleindienst stands in the bookstore’s doorway, then and now.  By Meg Cook Last weekend, Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri celebrated its 45th anniversary. The independent bookstore serves the “Gateway to the West” with their large collection of new and used books, and a mission to offer the […]

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Letter from Central Idaho: 20 Years of Iconoclastic Bookselling

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By Sarah Hedrick Pictured above: Sarah and Gary, owners of Iconoclast Books in Ketchum, Idaho, appreciating the view. Six years ago this month, Gary Hunt, owner of Iconoclast Books in Ketchum, Idaho, was killed in a car accident on his way home from one of the frequent events hosted in his store. He left behind […]


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The Brief and Wondrous Life of California Bookstore Day

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The Naked Bookseller is proud to present the story behind California Bookstore Day (this Saturday May 3rd) — a grand notion incubated at the Bay Area’s legendary Green Apple bookstore, recipient of Publisher Weekly’s 2014 Independent Bookstore of the Year Award. By Samantha Schoech When you tell people you own a bookstore (or in my […]


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Life on Books: The Naked Bookseller Goes to New York

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A few weeks ago, the Naked Bookseller went to New York City. Skidding across icy, treacherous conditions, everyone we ran into seemed to have a grisly tale of a sidewalk wipe-out. No doubt, it’s been a long, hard winter in the City. Still, despite the windsheer of chilling sub-zero gusts, everywhere we turned there seemed […]


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Where in the World is Willy Vlautin?

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By Juliet Suess Have you heard of Willy Vlautin? If you haven’t yet, and are in the Bay Area this weekend, the Naked Bookseller recommends you stop by Green Apple Books on Saturday. Mr. Vlautin made a name for himself in the Nineties as frontman of Portland-based Richmond Fontaine. With its clear alt-country bent and […]


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Woodland Pattern’s 20th Annual Poetry Marathon

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By Juliet Suess Milwaukee, Wisc. Woodland Pattern began as a center for arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has become a center for intellectual discussion on not just books but all art forms. This independent bookstore prides itself on creating a forum for learning about contemporary literature.  In fact, Woodland Pattern is the only arts organization […]


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LARB’s Naked Bookseller presents: Libros Schmibros

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The Los Angeles Review of Books talks with David Kipen, Colleen Jaurretche, and Andrew Vasquez of Libros Schmibros. The Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library just celebrated its 3rd anniversary.