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LA Observed Notes: Long reads, short reads and more

arax-wonderful.jpg If you read one long piece today, we have a suggestion. Plus the latest LA Times chatter, media people notes, Uma Thurman speaks, selected tweets and more.

Barnes & Noble closes in Santa Monica

bn-sm.jpg That leaves one chain bookstore west of the Grove, unless you count the new Amazon store in Century City.

LA Observed Notes: Sexual harassment by media men

charlie-rose-close.jpg And more: Assemblyman will resign over women's accounts. Garcetti ambitions "not insane." Jim Newton needles the Times. Media people and selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Bookstore stays open, NPR pact

Ford-Ampitheatre_TomBonner.jpg NPR staffers won't face a strike. Obits for Martin Landau, George Romero, Bill Smith and Tenny Tenusian. Selected tweets.

LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more

marvista-lane-rider.jpg Our occasional roundup of news and notes on media, politics and place. Plus selected tweets.

davan-note-latfob2017.jpg Maharaj at the LAT Book Prizes plus media notes, LA riots anniversary and more.

LA Observed Notes: Pulitzers, job moves and much more

bob-miller-nhl-com.jpg You probably have heard of David Fahrenthold by now. Ex-LAT journalists re-uniting at CNN. Octavia Butler, Bob Miller, politics notes.

LA Observed Notes: Last days of the pre-Trump era

molly-schiot-eephus.jpg Media, books, politics and place and a few tweets.

LA Observed Notes: Let's call it a year

sutter-brown-shades-620.jpg Media notes to end 2016, plus politics, place, selected media tweets and more.

LA Observed Notes: A mea culpa, good reads and many media moves

LA-2_web-1200.jpg Media and politics notes, observations on place and much more.

LA Observed Notes: Early voting, media moves and more

voting-line-nohwd.jpg Queuing to vote across LA, Trump's last stand, and why the sports department hates election night.

mystery-imagination-bookstore.jpg Big sale starts today then the Brand Boulevard shop will move online.

Bookstore closing: Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd

travelersbooks.jpg The proprietors of Traveler's Bookcase on West 3rd Street announced to customers via email that they are in the process of shutting down. The closing clearance sale begins today and...

News and notes for Wednesday

murdoch-bros-thr.jpg Biden won't run. DWP rates to rise. 99.9 percent chance of an earthquake. Media moves, the Murdoch brothers and more.

Mid-week news and notes

westwood-leconte-bike-lane.jpg I've been storing up for a few days.

News and notes: Bush coming, bookstore closing & more

RauschLA-hunt.jpg Jeb Bush to raise cash in Bel Air. Supes look to raise minimum age. A new column in Daily News. More notes on politics, media and place.

Village Books razed but not forgotten

Village-Books-Demolition-Jan-2015.jpg The block in Pacific Palisades is being torn down for Rick Caruso's newest shopping area. But Bob Vickrey remembers.

In praise of Glendale's closing Brand Bookshop

brand-bookshop-allen.jpg David Allen, the columnist for the Inland Valley Bulletin, is a fan of the Brand Bookshop in Glendale and isn't happy at all to hear that it's closing soon.

Book 'Em Mysteries in South Pasadena to close

book-em-mysteries.jpg The mystery bookstore at 1118 Mission Street will close at the end of April after 24 years. Owners Mary Riley and Barry Martin are retiring.

Morning Buzz: Monday 1.6.14

jennifer-weiner-tny.jpg State lawmakers return to Sacramento. Sen. Kevin de Leon wants to lead the Senate. Napolitano on Edward Snowden. City Attorney Mike Feuer on jaywalking and more. Why film and TV production leaves LA. New Yorker profiles author Jennifer Weiner. LAT profiles AIDS activist Michael Weinstein. When a young colleague dies. Plus Don Forst, RIP. And more inside.

Next bookstore down: Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne

mrs-nelsons-closing.jpg After 28 years in business, Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop will close in January, the store announced in a note that cites the inability to compete with online sales and big box stores.

Next bookstore to close: Barnes & Noble in Pasadena

barnes-noble-shopper.jpg B&N has developed this distasteful practice of shuttering bookstores at the close of business on New Year's Eve. That's when the Old Pasadena store turns out the lights for good.

Bookstores that have closed in the LA area

duttons-wake.jpg The shuttering of bookstores has been a perpetual story for the past decade in Los Angeles. These are the booksellers that have shuttered since LA Observed began posting.

Five years later, owner drops plan to raze Dutton's

duttons-wake.jpg Early in the morning of February 25, 2008, I posted an item that I hoped not to ever post. "It is with profound regret and sorrow that Dutton's Brentwood Books must announce that it will be closing...."

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 10.30.13

NastyGal-break-room.jpg Huizar accuser sues to prevent testimony. Garcetti's Washington report. Pushing for LAX transportation center and people mover.Bill Moyers to end show. New SoCal bestseller. Ex-NYT editor takes over at Mashable. Nasty Gal HQ in downtown. And more.

Morning Buzz: Thursday 10.17.13

spike-jonze-her.jpg The United States reopens. Garcetti grapples with the politics of quakes and concrete buildings. LAX runway contractors sued. DWP lets non-profits audit themselves. Ronan Farrow to MSNBC. Ex-Timeser Agustin Gurza adds his own LAT allegation. New top editor at LAist. New SoCal bestsellers. StoryCorps back in town. More free Getty images. And more.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 6.12.13

aussie-baseball.jpg Leiweke disses Anschutz (in 2009.) DA loosens up on evidence for defendants. Long Beach police chief won't run against Sheriff Baca. Money in LA elections. How LAPD investigates itself. Helicopter noise. Five poems for the next mayor. This week's SoCal bestsellers. WeHo's pink pooch plus the Dodgers reportedly will open next season in Australia and more.

Goodreads acquired by Amazon, perhaps for close to $1 billion

goodreads-couple.png Barely a year after founder Otis Y. Chandler hailed Goodreads' "independence" from Amazon's technology by saying "we will celebrate January 30th for years to come!," Chandler has announced that his startup is "joining the Amazon family." Goodreads will continue but there will be more integration with the Kindle. Reaction around the book blogosphere is initially skeptical.

A poem for Cliff's Books: young woman, older man

cliffs-books.jpg Tony Peyser saw our item this week on the potential closing of Cliff's Books in Pasadena and remembered a poem he wrote after visiting the store a few years ago.

Barnes & Noble in Woodland Hills closed doors tonight

bn-wh.jpg The shutdown of the Barnes & Noble store in the Westfield Promenade shopping center leaves just two of the book chain outlets in the Valley, none of them within the city of Los Angeles portion (population about 1.5 million people.) The company had no comment.

Tuesday morning headlines

Billionaire unloads Facebook stock, "Fifty Shades of Grey" helps Barnes & Noble earnings, DreamWorks Animation cuts distribution deal with Fox, and West Hollywood bans plastic bags.

Bookstore closing: Mysteries to Die For

mysteries-to-die-for.jpg Eric Estrin, the emeritus contributor at LA Observed who is editor of Movie Smackdown, sends word from Ventura County that Mysteries to Die For in Thousand Oaks will be closing later this month.

Morning Buzz: Monday 2.6.11 *

Rick Caruso leaves the Republican Party, Jim Newton goes to a Supes meeting, city reduces Occupy LA damage bill, Sacramento Bee fires its altering photographer, Miramonte Elementary closes for two days plus more.

Bodhi Tree bookstore closes today

bodhitreefront.jpg "We are hopeful for a reincarnation of a physical store in a few months at a new location," co-founders Stan Madson and Phil Thompson say.

About those comments on independent bookstores...

My apologies for the broad brushes.

Barnes & Noble looking for new Westside location

barnes-noble-westside.jpg Confirming what we reported in October, Barnes & Noble stores CEO Mitchell Klipper says the only reason the store is leaving Westside Pavilion is the mall's rent hike when the...

A month later, LAT discovers Barnes & Noble closing

barnes-noble-window-clearan.jpg LA Observed readers have known since October about the Westside Pavilion store shutting down.

Why is Barnes & Noble shutting its stores? *

It's kind of a stealthy drawdown.

Barnes & Noble Westside Pavilion: R.I.P. *

barnes-noble-westside.jpg Hushed talk has been around for a few weeks, but now the red clearance signs have gone up — 30 percent off on a lot of books — and store clerks acknowledged the news today.

Downtown's Metropolis Books to close Sept. 30

metropolis-books-window.jpeg A documentary will chronicle the store's final month.

Magazines among the victims of Borders closing

borders.jpg The bankrupt bookstore chain had been one of the major outlets for periodicals.

Thursday morning headlines

California foreclosures decline, redevelopment agencies lose funding, baseball expanding Dodgers inquiry, and Warner Bros. on cable in China.

Employers still call them layoffs, but in many cases they're really firings - those jobs will never be recalled.

Borders may need to close 51 more stores

It's either that or risk defaulting on its bankruptcy loans.

Metropolis Books in Downtown is for sale

Following on the news about Village Books and Latitude 33 closing, Metropolis Books on Main Street near 4th Street was put up for sale recently.

Bookstore down: Village Books to close its doors

laughlin0602.jpg Katie O'Laughlin announced today "with great regret and sadness" that she will close Village Books on June 30, after fourteen years in Pacific Palisades.

Friday morning headlines

Gas prices keep dropping, Barnes & Noble gets offer, Couric close to ABC deal, and Elizabeth Taylor's estate is selling Bel-Air property.

Adieu, Diesel Books in Malibu

Malibu loses its beloved book store.

Mystery Bookstore in Westwood to close

Ack. Another independent bookstore in Los Angeles is closing.

Westwood's Mystery Bookstore to close

Owners Kirk Pasich and Pamela Woods say they can no longer compete with Amazon - and a sour economy hasn't helped.

Business Update on KPCC

This morning's chat looks at the troubled bookstore business, and whether developer Rick Caruso should be allowed to expand his Glendale shopping center.

Another Borders is closing

The Thousand Oaks location will be gone by the end of the week.

Further thoughts on the loss of Borders Westwood

Mark at LA Biz Observed has been watching the slow demise of the Borders chain, and in particular the Westwood Boulevard store near his home. Now Gendy Alimurung of the...

Monday morning headlines

Borders investor interested in Barnes & Noble buyout, state lawmakers to talk budget in special session, and Michael Jackson's glove goes for $330,000.

Borders in Westwood is closing

Not a huge surprise considering the state of book retailing and the fact that the store was looking pretty empty in recent months.

Another version of why Barnes & Noble is leaving Encino

Developer Rick Caruso says that the bookstore chain wasn't doing well. That's not what Barnes & Noble says.

Broad museum takes shape

The billionaire philanthropist had six architecture teams coming up with designs for the proposed downtown site next to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Tuesday morning headlines

Vultures taking over, another big gas hike, Fox Business channel shows signs of retreating, and best law firms for women.

'A Different Light' bookstore to close

The gay-oriented West Hollywood store announced this week that it's closing soon after nearly thirty years, citing in part the loss of foot traffic from all the construction work to...

2008 quotes: Transitions

Dutton's farewell gathering "It is with profound regret and sorrow that Dutton’s Brentwood Books must announce that it will be closing on April 30, 2008." — Note from owner...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 12.10.08

Sheriff Lee Baca wants to charter a plane and fly 347 deputies to Washington to work four days on the Obama inauguration. Cost to Los Angeles County: $1 million....

Tuesday morning headlines

Oil closing in on $100, Gross' $1.7 billion payday, DreamWorks deal delayed, and proxy advisers back Napster.

Bookstore diary

This week, I have been one of the scores of L.A. folks wailing -- at various degrees of volume --...

Shelf Life

Hell man, I'm coming from a cinderblocks-and-plywood place.

Developer will cover $550,000 in Dutton's debt

Charlie Munger, who owns and wants to redevelop the Brentwood block that includes Dutton's Books, promised to pay all of the bookstore's debts — and forgive the rent — in...

Dutton's reaction rolling in

A lot of sites and media are reacting to the sad news — first posted here at LA Observed early this morning — that Dutton's Books in Brentwood will be...

Dutton's calls it quits with 'profound regret and sorrow'

Dutton's Brentwood Books will close April 30 after a tough year. A clientele like Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton and half the authors in the city isn't enough to keep a...

Monday morning headlines

IHOP buys Applebees: It's a nearly $2 billion deal that first surfaced several weeks ago - and attracted considerable skepticism on Wall Street because IHOP is a franchise-focused chain while the much-larger Applebees is made up of company owned-and-operated restaurants. It turns out that the Applebees stores will become franchises, a move that will help Glendale-based IHOP pay off debt. Applebee shareholders will get a 4.6 percent premium over the July 13 closing price. From...

Dutton's Brentwood is next

Will the sad bookstore news never stop? Dutton's Brentwood Books on San Vicente "may soon succumb to its landlord's plans to redevelop the site," the Times' Scott Timberg and Martha...

First thing Friday, 2.24.06

Full plate for a Friday morning: Plaschke rips the silver from Sasha Cohen's neck, Steve Cooley's least favorite Mexican fugitive is nabbed, the Writers Guild invites Cheryl Rhoden to stay...

Dutton's Bookstore to close

The Dutton's in North Hollywood is in the midst of a clearance sale and will be gone by mid-March, Davis Dutton tells Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy. Davis and his...

Scientology better than porn? has a neat little counter that lets visitors know just how many times a blog entry has been read in its entirety. Last week's item on the Midnight Special...

Midnight Special doesn't make it

The venerable Midnight Special bookstore tried to make a go of it after moving off the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but it didn't work out. The store has...