Local L.A. culture might be synonymous with gadgetry and especially Blackberries, but there are still plenty of book signings going on at L.A. bookstores. Which are the top authors and stores to watch this year?
Claire Dederer discusses and signs “Poser: My Life In Twenty-Three Yoga Poses” (Book Soup)
Located at 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Book Soup is an institution of the Los Angeles book scene. Welcoming Claire Dederer is a much looked forward to event, especially since “Poser” is taking the audience by storm. Dederer speaks to the yoga aficionado who is firmly grounded in real life and needs just a little help to keep it that way. Book Soup is the type of store where you can hunker down with a good book, sit near a table lamp and just get a flavor of what you’re buying.
Date and Time of Signing: January 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Patton Oswalt discusses and signs “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” (Skylight Books)
Find Skylight Books at 1818 North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. It is only natural that Patton Oswalt – comedian and TV special creator – would pick this L.A. bookstore as the haunt for his signing. Pick the spot around the tree (you can’t miss it when you walk in) and you will have an unfettered view of all goings on.
Date and Time of Signing: January 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Dorit discusses and signs “Celebrating Our Raw Nature” (Bodhi Tree Bookstore)
The Bodhi Tree (8585 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood) brings together the metaphysical and the down to earth. Used books, new books and a serene atmosphere make for quiet browsing. Leave the kids at home to focus on what’s going on and what’s to be learned here.
Dorit is a certified living foods chef who focuses her energy on raw foods, organic ingredients and seasonal nutrient choices. If a healthier (leaner?) you is on the menu for 2011, be sure to attend this book signing! Since there is a good chance that Bodhi Tree will not be there past fall, do not miss out on at least one visit to this L.A. cultural institution.
Date and Time of Signing: January 27, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Betty Lussier discusses and signs “Intrepid Woman” (Village Books)
Visit Village Books at 1049 Swarthmore Avenue in Pacific Palisades. Its slogan reads “Large Enough to Serve You, Small Enough to Know You.” They’re not kidding. If you make this store your home for literary purchases, be prepared to be greeted by name and build a rapport with the staff. Do not be surprised to have clerks keep back copies of books for you, just in case you’re interested. Check out the look and feel of this book buyer haven by visiting for Betty Lussier’s signing of “Intrepid Women,” her life’s story that took her to the air as part of the World War II Air Transport Auxiliary.
Date and Time of Signing: February 3 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Sonya Sones discusses and signs “The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus” (Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood location)
Diesel Bookstore is a powerhouse in local L.A. culture. Operating three locations, it is the Brentwood store (part of the Brentwood Country Mart) at 225 26th Street in Santa Monica that is of interest. Enjoy a leisurely day at the Country Mart and then stroll in for the book signing. Sonya Sones is known for her somewhat controversial teen novels that nevertheless cut to the quick.
Date and Time of Signing: April 10, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Book Soup: 8818 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, 90069; (310) 659-3110
Skylight Books: 1818 North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, 90027; (323) 660-1175
Bodhi Tree Bookstore: 8585 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, 90069; (310) 659-1733
Village Books: 1049 Swarthmore Avenue in Pacific Palisades, 90272; (310) 454-4063
Diesel Bookstore: 225 26th Street in Santa Monica, 90402; (310) 576-9960