Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday, which encourages consumers to shop local for the holiday season. This year, hundreds of authors will be bookselling for a day on Small Business Saturday, thanks to Indies First, the brainchild of beloved writer Sherman Alexie. Sister company Simon & Schuster and its authors recommend you start your local shopping November 30th in a bookstore, where might just see some of your favorite authors hand-selling their favorite novels!
Here are a few of the Los Angeles area’s best bookstores for you to visit this Small Business Saturday!
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Author signings, a unique program of writing workshops and craft classes, and new art hanging in the stairwell each season, Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore has something for everyone. Book club leader or member? If you register your book club with Vroman’s, you can get a discount on your selection, receive invitation to Book Club-only events, and much more! Head to the store on Small Business Saturday and you might meet bestselling authors Wendy Lawless, Marla Frazee, and many others!
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8818 Sunset Blvd
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
Out on the Sunset Strip, trying to scope out the celebs? Take your paparazzi-self indoors and you might just find some browsing the stacks at Book Soup. High-profile author events, signed editions, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves make this a must-see for anyone in Tinsel Town—bookish fiend, amateur paparazzo, or just someone in need of a good book.
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
One of Los Angeles’s best indie bookstores, Skylight Books carries everything from literary fiction and graphic novels to children’s books and political theory. The store runs its own podcast where the staff waxes poetic on the best of the best in literature and book news. Events spotlight new voices from independent presses as well as popular authors from Los Angeles and beyond.
Mysterious Galaxy – Redondo Beach
2810 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Southern Californians who love mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, and fantasy should be familiar with Mysterious Galaxy, a specialty genre bookstore. With awesome events like the lunchtime “Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy” programs and their support of the annual Men of Mystery convention, Mysterious Galaxy is the perfect spot for anyone in search of a good chill. You can also see which authors will be helping out this Small Business Saturday here!
Diesel, A Bookstore
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St, Suite 33
With its imaginative, thematic table displays and thought-provoking blog, Diesel is truly among the more cutting-edge independent bookstores in California. The store’s online info section begs the question: how have you stayed culturally alive without Diesel? Well, how have you?