A visit with my daughter to Los Angeles last week unearthed an awesome find. The Last Bookstore is two levels and 22,000 square feet of fabulous for any book lover and it is a sight to behold! The shop is located at the corner of 5th and Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles and sells new and used books, graphic novels, comics and records, including many collectibles and items that have been signed by the author. They also offer a sell or trade service so you can fund your habit!
I like the fact that the store is a tribute to many of the time-honoured things we have taken for granted that are now largely being replaced by electronics, namely paper books and vinyl records, and in my opinion the store is a testament to the fact that we’re not ready to leave this all behind just yet.
The Last Bookstore also hosts a variety of events, both public and private, including readings, book launches, musical shows, guest speakers, dinners and even weddings. Some of the upcoming events and information about the store can be found here, and alas I do not live in the LA area, so I cannot attend, but some of the offerings look pretty interesting!
Part of the fun of the store lies not in the merchandise, but in the crafty, creative and just plain funky decor and displays. I think the building and loft must have been a bank or other treasury-type business at some point, because there are a couple of walk-in vaults that now house different genres of books. There is also a lot of nooks and crannies, large and small, to hide, get away from it all and get lost in a book.
There are lots of small public parking lots in the vicinity that aren’t too expensive, and if you are in downtown LA, the Last Bookstore is a must-see experience that I highly recommend!