Category Archives: Reckless Reader

A basic membership to LARB gets you discounts and special rewards at our participating partner stores. The following stores participate in LARB’s Reckless Reader program:

Ada Books, Providence RI
Alias Books, Los Angeles CA
Arcana Books, Culver City CA
Beyond Baroque, Venice CA
Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
Chevalier’s Books, Los Angeles CA
City Lights, San Fransisco CA
East City Bookshop, Washington DC
Gatsby Books, Long Beach CA
The Golden Notebook, Woodstock NY
Green Apple Books, San Fransisco CA
Iconoclast Books, Sun Valley ID
The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
McNally Jackson, New York NY
Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY
Open Books, Chicago IL
Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach CA
Readers Books, Sonoma CA
Skylight Books, Los Angeles CA
The Spiral Bookcase, Philadelphia PA
Unnameable Books, Brooklyn NY
Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City UT
Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee WI

By becoming a member, you support both the Los Angeles Review of Books and independent booksellers. Independent bookstores are vital elements of a healthy local community. They are centers for intellectual discourse, cultural exchange, creative thought, and political debate. And we know that — supported by devoted customers and guided by active management and creative staff — bookstores can thrive.

E.M. Wolfman Bookstore

By Cody Sisco

“The purpose was to bring people together,” Justin Carder, founder of E.M. Wolfman general interest small bookstore, told me.

E.M. Wolfman could have been a tool lending library or a do-it-yourself fix-it shop. Instead, Justin created a bookstore, using skills honed while managing Dave Eggers’s famed Pirate Supply Store in San Francisco and during his lifelong apprenticeship to his father, building and fixing things in the Carder family home. Continue reading

Gatsby Books

By Molly Green

You may recall the scene in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (the best book you read in 10th grade English class) during one of Gatsby’s bacchanalian parties, when Nick and Jordan meet a man with thick glasses in Gatsby’s private library. The man assures them with great enthusiasm that the books are real. “Absolutely real — have pages and everything,” he says, “I thought they’d be nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact, they’re absolutely real.” He elaborates that Gatsby “knew when to stop too — didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?” Continue reading

A Look Into East City Bookshop

Located a block from Capitol Hill, East City Bookshop is a fresh face in the world of Washington D.C. bookstores. The two-story bookshop is tucked in the same retail building as a game shop and a photography store, but with its neon green sign, it’s hard to miss. Painted in bright colors and sporting a welcoming spirit, the shop has excited many, especially those on the eastern side of the city.

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Chevalier’s Books

LARB’s Naked Bookseller Program is a collaboration with independent bookstores to help tell their stories and broaden their visibility across the country and around the world. A basic membership to LARB gets you a 10% discount at our participating partner stores through our Naked Bookseller card. By becoming a member, you support both the Los Angeles Review of Books AND independent booksellers. Below is the story of our newest partner in the program, Chevalier’s Books in Los Angeles, told in their own words.

This year Chevalier’s Books will be celebrating its 75th anniversary as an independent bookstore, located all these years on Larchmont Boulevard, in the heart of Los Angeles.

With its many restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, boutiques , an old-fashioned barber shop and even a yoga center, the Boulevard has become a popular spot for LA flâneur’s from nearby neighborhoods – Hancock Park, Koreatown, Hollywood, as well as visitors from all over the world.

The two new owners of the store, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, are longtime customers of the store who wanted their neighborhood bookstore to survive and flourish. They completely revitalized the store in November of 2014 with thousands of new books and a beautiful new design perfect for book browsing. Continue reading

The Golden Notebook

LARB’s Naked Bookseller Program is a collaboration with independent bookstores to help tell their stories and broaden their visibility across the country and around the world. A basic membership to LARB gets you a 10% discount at our participating partner stores through our Naked Bookseller card. By becoming a member, you support both the Los Angeles Review of Books AND independent booksellers. Below is the story of our newest partner in the program, The Golden Notebook bookstore in Woodstock, New York, told in their own words.

Named after original owner Ellen Shapiro’s favorite Doris Lessing novel, The Golden Notebook opened its doors on June 23, 1978. Shapiro and business partner Barry Samuels leased the storefront that had formerly been Joe Forno’s Colonial Pharmacy. Though there were already two bookstores in town – Twine’s and The Juggler – the pair was convinced theirs would be a cut above. Together they took out a Small Business Administration Loan, and with the help of legendary publisher Betty Ballantine renovated and stocked the store. Continue reading

Notes to a Visiting Author: “Make This Thing Worth Your While!”

Photo: Chapel Hill local and YA author Sarah Dessen at a reading at Flyleaf Books

Flyleaf Books is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and hosts hundreds of authors a yearWhen we asked marketing coordinator Linnie Green to write a piece for LARB, there was no hesitation on the topic.   “Rumor has it that if brick-and-mortar bookstores disappear,” she warns, “Amazon plans to institute a mandatory uniform of silly hats and uncomfortable tweed trousers.” How to avoid this fate?  Authors, make sure to team up with local bookstores. Continue reading