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Caravan Book Store will close this month after nearly 64 years

Caravan Book Store fills an almost inconspicuous niche on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. With Starbucks on one side and the Biltmore on the other, it has straddled the city’s past and present, offering bibliophiles refuge and solace in its well-curated selection of antiquarian books. For...

  • Angela Sanchez, a blossoming L.A. writer, was once homeless. Her children's book 'Scruffy and the Egg' tells the tale

    Angela Sanchez, a blossoming L.A. writer, was once homeless. Her children's book 'Scruffy and the Egg' tells the tale

    Scruffy Dog of the children’s book “Scruffy and the Egg” was not always scruffy. He used to have well-groomed chestnut fur and a bright blue collar with a shiny gold tag. He used to be Fluffy Dog. In her debut as an author and illustrator, L.A. native Angela Sanchez tells the story of the dog’s...

  • In the footsteps of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster

    In the footsteps of Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Noah Webster

    Mark Twain was ahead of his time — so much so that 140 years ago, he had a man cave. On the third floor of the house where he lived when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” Twain drank, smoked and played billiards with his friends. These days, smoking is...

  • Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    The first time John Freeman lost his laptop, he panicked. He was traveling through Charles de Gaulle airport in summer 2016, and he only spoke “a smattering” of French. “I thought, ‘I’m never going to get this back.’ And it had three years of not-backed-up writing on it,” he recalled. Luckily,...

  • Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Few contemporary writers have portrayed black Southern life with as much wit and heart-pounding drama as Attica Locke, whose latest book is the mystery “Bluebird, Bluebird.” Formerly a writer and producer on the television show “Empire,” Locke took the publishing world by storm with her debut legal...

  • The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists. At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books,...

  • Holiday Books Guide and the Best Books of 2017

    Holiday Books Guide and the Best Books of 2017

    We recommend piles of books for giving to everyone on your list: the littlest reader, the architectural aficionado, the audiobook lover, the teenager, the literary fan and more. There are 125 titles in all, including the perfect book the person who loves both cats and yoga.

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