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Best Bookstores in Los Angeles for Small Business Saturday

November 26, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Tee Burgess)

(credit: Tee Burgess)

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!

(credit: Vroman's Bookstore/Facebook)

(credit: Vroman’s Bookstore/Facebook)

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
www.vromansbookstore.com

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!

Related: Best Children’s Bookstores

(credit: Tee Burgess)

(credit: Tee Burgess)

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
www.booksoup.com

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.

Skylight Books (credit:  www.skylightbooks.com)

Skylight Books (credit: http://www.skylightbooks.com)

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
www.skylightbooks.com

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.

Related: Best LA Coffee Shops Where You Can Read

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(credit: Thinkstock)

Mysterious Galaxy – Redondo Beach
2810 Artesia Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
www.mystgalaxy.com

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!

(credit: Diesel Bookstore)

(credit: Diesel Bookstore)

Diesel, A Bookstore
Brentwood Location
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St, Suite 33
www.dieselbookstore.com

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?

Watch Simon & Schuster authors talk about the importance of booksellers and independent bookstores in their lives and communities here!

These bookstore tips provided by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company. For more information about Simon & Schuster’s support of independent booksellers, click here.

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