When Leon Uris had a bookstore in Sherman Oaks


I'm in the midst of a fun project extracting photographs from the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of 3,000 pictures from the morgues of the old Valley Times and Hollywood Citizen-News newspapers. This photo isn't one of the better discoveries, but I though the content was worth noting. It shows the author Leon Uris at the opening of his new Valley bookstore in July of 1960. Here's the caption in the style of the time.

Best-selling author and screenwriter Leon Uris is shown cutting ribbon officially opening his new "Exodus Book and Record Shop," 14005 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Uris, whose novels "Exodus" and "Battle Cry" were immediate hits, is helped in ceremonies by pretty "Miss Bookworm," Susan Davis.

That's currently the address of a flower shop. I'll be showing and talking about a selection of the best (or at least most interesting) images from the Valley Times Collection next Saturday, March 10, at the library. It's for the library's Photo Friends group. The free session is at 2 p.m. in the Mark Taper Auditorium.

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