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It is no small feat for an independent bookstore to stay in business during the times when even giant chains have caved in. It is a downright marvel when a brand-new bookstore emerges and proceeds to forge upstream against the general trend of brick-and-mortar decline. One such miracle occurred in the midst of the Downtown Arts District in 2011 when The Last Bookstore opened its doors, dazzling eager bibliophiles and inquisitive passers-by with its spacious, beautifully laid-out interior packed full of new and used editions of every genre. With its affordable prices, friendly staff and a massive, continuously changing collection, the bookstore quickly claimed for itself a permanent place among the most popular destination of Downtown LA.
This shop is one of the best independent bookstores in Los Angeles. It is a general bookstore with an emphasis on literary fiction, books on cinema and Los Angeles, and cult and alternative selections. There are frequent book signings as well as a monthly discussion group. It has the feel of a real community bookstore and it is; the local Los Feliz residents pop in here on a regular basis. Recent book readings and signings have been by names such as Aimee Bender and Zadie Smith.