Although it’s impossible to hit them all in one day, L.A.’s best independent bookstores are worth a meander across the metropolis. Start at Skylight Books, a hipster hangout in Los Feliz with a stellar collection of small-press periodicals. Then stroll down to House of Pies (1869 N. Vermont Ave.; 323-666-9961), the de facto office of many an aspiring screenwriter.
From there, a ten-minute drive down Sunset gets you to Book Soup, a cozy treasure trove with over 60,000 titles. The next-door annex hosts regular readings—Norman Mailer and David Mamet are slated for February.
True connoisseurs will want to take a southern detour and stop at the Heritage Bookshop on Melrose, a former mortuary turned faux Tudor mansion with vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows. The museumlike atmosphere befits a place that sells a 1561 edition of Chaucer for almost $70,000. But deals can be found, with $300 copies of Twain and Dickens.