Seite Books comes of age on the Eastside
Seite Books comes of age on the Eastside

When Adam Bernales and Denice Diaz started Seite Books in a little storefront in East Los Angeles, a lot of people thought their taste in books was too highbrow. The offerings on the store's first, sparsely stocked shelf when it opened in 2010 included Charles Dickens, "Madame Bovary" and "Don Quixote." It seemed incongruous for a small Rowan Avenue storefront next to a transit station, where the booksellers shared space with the dresses being sold by Diaz's mom. One of the first customers to wander in, an older Latino man with an embittered disposition, advised them to sell car magazines and car-repair manuals instead. But Bernales and Diaz, both then...