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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Literary in Los Angeles


3. What to Do

Book Soup  

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.

Published on Jan 31, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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