Stories Books & Cafe

This bookstore in Echo Park sells new, used, and rare books in various genres, including fiction, history, and LA Arcana. A host to readings and events, their cafe offers locally sourced baked goods and organic coffee.


Small World Books

Small World Books is an independent bookstore located on the Venice boardwalk. The store carries a wide selection of titles published by both major and small presses. The staff is helpful and well-read, aided by the friendly cat “Conan the librarian.”


SideShow Rare & Remarkable Books

SideShow Rare & Remarkable Books was opened in 2010 by Tony Jacobs, and carries used and rare books, magazines, and original art. This off-the-beaten-path bookshop specializes in pulp fiction, crime, art, photography, cinema, music, beat, underground, surfing, esoterica, erotica, and collectible children's books.


Once Upon a Time

The nation’s oldest children’s bookstore, Once Upon a Time was founded in 1966, and is now owned and operated by the Palacios family. Once Upon a Time has a carefully curated selection of children’s books, and prides itself on being “a community-based neighborhood store that spurs imagination, whimsy, and a passion for reading.”


Eso Won Books

The name of Eso Won Bookstore, an independently owned bookstore focused on African American culture, comes from the African term “EsoWon,” which means “water over rocks.” The store strives to be “a living proverb as it provides fluid, safe, stirring opportunities that flow to a reservoir of knowledge for all people to experience.”


Chevalier’s Books

Chevalier’s Books, an independent neighborhood bookstore, has been in business since 1940. The store hosts book signings and readings, and has a weekend story time for children.


Alias Books East

A used bookstore in the heart of Atwater Village, Alias Books East carries a wide selection of used and out-of-print titles with an emphasis on literature, film, and the arts. The shop has a sister store, Alias Books in West L. A., and both buy used books, collections, and libraries.


Arcana Books on the Arts

Arcana Books on the Arts is located in Culver City and specializes in rare and out-of-print books on twentieth century art, architecture, design, and photography. Arcana was established in 1984 and has over 100,000 items in stock.

Unnameable Books

Unnameable Books is a bookstore located in the heart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Founded as “Adam’s Books” before being renamed, the store specializes in poetry, has an eclectic collection of used books, and carries work from many small independent presses.


Here’s A Book Store

Owner Sylvia Levy says her shop is both “the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood” because it’s the only one left. Since 1975, the bookstore has stocked new and used books for Sheepshead Bay locals catering to the over half-dozen nearby yeshivas and carrying another half a million books. A family-run business, the Levys provide a valet service delivering books to drivers on busy Coney Island Avenue.



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