Bookstores that have closed in the LA area

Fans gather to commemorate the closing of Dutton's Books in Brentwood. LA Observed photo

The shuttering of bookstores has been a perpetual story for the entire time I have been doing LA Observed. At any given time, the site's Books and Author's page has at least one post about another store stumbling or going down. At least it seems that way. Readers of the site used to get suitably upset by each new disappearance of a popular community bookseller. Now they just seem resigned.

Here's a listing of all the bookstore closings in the Los Angeles area that we have covered at LA Observed. A shrine of sorts. I really hope this particular list will stop growing. Note that we may have missed some, and this doesn't include old favorites (Pickwick Bookshop! Hunter's Books!) that vanished before LA Observed came on the scene.

All of our posts about book publishing and writers are featured on the Books and Authors page. There's also a link there to the entire archive on the subject going back ten years.

Closed stores (in alphabetical order.)

Acres of Books

Barnes & Noble Westside

Barnes & Noble Encino

Barnes & Noble Woodland Hills

Bodhi Tree

Bookie Joint

Borders Books

Cliff's Books

Cook's Library

Dawson's Books

A Different Light

Dutton's Beverly Hills

Dutton's Brentwood Books

Dutton's North Hollywood

Equator Books

Heritage Book Shop

Latitude 33

Metropolis Books

Midnight Special

Mystery Bookstore

Mysteries to Die For

Portrait of a Bookstore

Samuel French (Valley)

Village Books

Williams' Book Store

Wilshire Books

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