There’s a great little piece in the Huffington Post about the thriving Los Angeles book scene, as exemplified by two events held this past Friday: readings for Jennifer Egan‘s A Visit From the Goon Squad and Jonathan Alter‘s The Promise. We were lucky enough to be the booksellers at both events–yes, we do have magic powers and can be in multiple places at once!–and both were vibrant and fun, tributes to L.A.’s community of readers, as both Egan and Alter attested.
Los Angeles has the reputation on the East Coast of being a place that cares more about movies than books. But in my experience, having read here for all of my books, is that it’s also a city of great bookstores and serious readers. In a way, that’s no surprise – because a city full of people who love film is a city full of people who love great storytelling.
People in L.A. like books a lot more than their reputation would suggest. When people like to stereotype and run down L.A., they say [Angelenos] don’t like to read, but I’ve found nothing to be further from the truth. For instance, I was speaking the night of the Lakers-Celtics sixth game, and I had a full house at the RAND Corporation. That’s how serious certain people in LA are about politics and books.
Does anyone else feel warm and fuzzy right now, or is it just us?