Skylight Books

Skylight Books Fiercely independent bookstore in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles
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Go see this play next door at the Skylight Theatre Company! Through March 8th!
02/16/2020
West Adams by Penelope Lowder - Skylight Theatre Company

Go see this play next door at the Skylight Theatre Company!
Through March 8th!

WEST ADAMS; a dark comedy about race, class, and bouncy houses by resident writer Penelope Lowder. World premiere Feb 1, 2020 Los Angeles, Skylight Theatre

F.X. Feeney was an important, early supporter of Skylight Books. When he lived close by he came in practically daily, wi...
02/13/2020
R.I.P. F.X. Feeney, Longtime L.A. Weekly Film Critic and Cable TV Pioneer - LA Weekly

F.X. Feeney was an important, early supporter of Skylight Books. When he lived close by he came in practically daily, with interesting news, conversation, and a warm smile. He knew film history and was an avid reader as well.Before he moved across town I got to visit his library of books (many bought at Skylight Books) and it was vast. Lots of "deep cuts" that I had never seen before. It was impressive and I was envious. Los Angeles has lost another piece of living history. RIP F.X. Feeney.

Longtime L.A. Weekly film critic F. X. Feeney, whose soulful writing is an indelible part of this paper, died unexpectedly this week at the age of 66.

TONIGHT'S EVENT is one of Falling James' picks! See you at 7:30 p.m.!
02/12/2020
Book Pick: Crissy Van Meter: Creatures - LA Weekly

TONIGHT'S EVENT is one of Falling James' picks!
See you at 7:30 p.m.!

Crissy Van Meter discovers — or, more accurately, dreams up — an exotic island off the coast of Southern California where strangely surreal events occur with mundane regularity, in her debut novel, Creatures.

Amina Cain will be at Skylight Books this Thursday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.!
02/11/2020
A Novel That Will Get People Talking

Amina Cain will be at Skylight Books this Thursday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.!

Amina Cain’s ‘Indelicacy’ is a cautionary tale and a call to arms.

Amina Cain has a new book!AMINA CAIN READS FROM HER NEW NOVEL "INDELICACY" WITH ADAM NOVY!THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13th at 7:3...
02/10/2020

Amina Cain has a new book!
AMINA CAIN READS FROM HER NEW NOVEL "INDELICACY" WITH ADAM NOVY!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13th at 7:30 p.m.!
“Bewitching . . . Cain’s concentrated, subtle, and intriguing portrait of an evolving artist resolutely rejecting gender and class roles, with its subtle nods to Jean Rhys, Clarice Lispector, and Octavia Butler, explores the risks and rewards of a call to create and self-liberate.” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

CRISSY VAN METER READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "CREATURES" WITH EDAN LEPUCKI!Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m.“A lush and...
02/10/2020

CRISSY VAN METER READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "CREATURES" WITH EDAN LEPUCKI!
Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m.
“A lush and complex debut novel… The sensibility of this short, gemlike novel puts Van Meter, a SoCal native and former surf editor at ESPN, in league with contemporary novelists for whom humans and their environment are tightly bound together—Lydia Millet, Joy Williams and T.C. Boyle come to mind. And Creatures is studded with lovely, melancholy sentences that shimmer like dark sea glass.”—Los Angeles Times

TONIGHT! February 5th at 7:30 p.m.GARTH GREENWELL READS FROM HIS NEW NOVEL "CLEANNESS" WITH SAM LANSKY.“I don't know how...
02/05/2020

TONIGHT! February 5th at 7:30 p.m.
GARTH GREENWELL READS FROM HIS NEW NOVEL "CLEANNESS" WITH SAM LANSKY.
“I don't know how Garth Greenwell writes such delicate, profane fiction. These stories are grace and salt, tenderness and shadow. Reading this book made me want to sit with my emotions and desires; it made me want to be a better writer.”—Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dream House

For our friends in the Claremont area...February 11th:"The National Book Foundation, Scripps Presents, and the Los Angel...
02/05/2020
NBF Presents: Family Matters - Events

For our friends in the Claremont area...
February 11th:
"The National Book Foundation, Scripps Presents, and the Los Angeles Library Foundation jointly celebrate 2019 National Book Award winner Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House) and former U.S. Poet Laureate and National Book Award longlister Natasha Trethewey (Monument) on their documentation of the stories, pain, and resilience of families in the American South. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation.
Presented in partnership with: the National Book Foundation’s national event series, NBF Presents, the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation’s ALOUD Series, and is supported by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Fund"

The National Book Foundation, Scripps Presents, and the Los Angeles Library Foundation jointly celebrate 2019 National Book Award winner Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House) and former U.S.

Congratulations to Vroman's in Pasadena and their new beer and wine bar! Can't wait to sip and read!
02/03/2020
Vroman's Wine Bar Set for February Opening

Congratulations to Vroman's in Pasadena and their new beer and wine bar! Can't wait to sip and read!

The 1894, a new beer and wine bar located in Vroman's flagship store in Pasadena, Calif., is on track for a February opening, Pasadena Star-

Today, February 2nd at 3:00 p.m. there is a reading and tribute to the poet Holly Prado. She was an incredibly important...
02/02/2020
A TRIBUTE to HOLLY PRADO and her final poetry book WEATHER with readings by HARRY E. NORTHUP, PHOEBE MACADAMS and JAMES CUSHING | Skylight Books

Today, February 2nd at 3:00 p.m. there is a reading and tribute to the poet Holly Prado. She was an incredibly important figure in the Los Angeles literary scene and Skylight Books is honored to be a part of this tribute and celebrate Holly and her work.

"The last time I saw Holly Prado, whom I’d known forty years, we were part of a group performance of Song of Myself at Beyond Baroque. Now we have her experiment in the long poem, Weather, a single, book-length poem in the larger tradition of Whitman’s personal epic, presenting the account of a ...

Friday! January 31st at 7:30 p.m.!CHANA PORTER READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "THE SEEP" AND IN CONVERSATION WITH AGNES BORI...
01/31/2020

Friday! January 31st at 7:30 p.m.!
CHANA PORTER READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "THE SEEP" AND IN CONVERSATION WITH AGNES BORINSKY!
A blend of searing social commentary and speculative fiction, Chana Porter’s fresh, pointed debut is perfect for fans of Jeff VanderMeer and Carmen Maria Machado.
"The standard canard is that utopian settings are boring, monolithic, didactic, and make for bad fiction. How lucky we are to have Chana Porter to blow such nonsense out of the water with this moving and beautiful book."--China Miéville

Hi Charles Yu! Congratulations on the new book! He will be at LACE on February 4th presented by PEN America and the Los ...
01/29/2020

Hi Charles Yu! Congratulations on the new book!
He will be at LACE on February 4th presented by PEN America and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (link below). Photo from Shelf Awareness.

Coming up this Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m.ANDRE PERRY READS FROM HIS DEBUT ESSAY COLLECTION "SOME OF US ARE VER...
01/27/2020

Coming up this Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m.
ANDRE PERRY READS FROM HIS DEBUT ESSAY COLLECTION "SOME OF US ARE VERY HUNGRY NOW" WITH ROXANE GAY!
"With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington
DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.

The essays in Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now take the form of personal reflection, multiple choice questions, screenplays, and imagined talk-show conversations, while traversing the daily minefields of childhood schoolyards and Midwestern dive-bars. The impression of Perry’s personal journey is arresting and beguiling, while announcing the author’s arrival as a formidable American voice."

Not one of our events but definitely of interest to some of our friends. There is a discount code: PKRK50 that gets you ...
01/21/2020
Piper Kerman In Conversation WithRachel Kushner

Not one of our events but definitely of interest to some of our friends. There is a discount code: PKRK50 that gets you 50% off the tickets.
At Royce Hall. "Kerman’s experiences inspired the bestselling memoir and Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black. Kushner’s most recent work delivers a critique of the judicial system and the prison-industrial complex. Kerman and Kushner will discuss the challenges faced by incarcerated women and the need for prison reform in America."

“[Orange Is The New Black] is impossible to put down because she could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.” —Los Angeles Times“[The Mars Room is] a major novel, a sustained... More Info: //cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/piper_kerman_in_conversation_with_rachel_kushner

Coming up on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m.CAROLINE ZANCAN READS FROM HER NEW NOVEL WE WISH YOU LUCK WITH AJA GABEL...
01/20/2020

Coming up on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
CAROLINE ZANCAN READS FROM HER NEW NOVEL WE WISH YOU LUCK WITH AJA GABEL!

Here is part 2 of Lonely Christopher writing about Kevin Killian. There is a ling to part 1 there also. Courtesy of Ever...
01/13/2020
Kevin Killian: I Can Explain Everything – Evergreen Review

Here is part 2 of Lonely Christopher writing about Kevin Killian. There is a ling to part 1 there also. Courtesy of Evergreen Review. xo

A drunk Kevin Killian at age twenty-two, posing nude for Ed Lindquist. He meant this to be used as the cover image for a reissue of his novel Shy, which did not materialize.

Happy new year! Skylight Books returns you now to your regularly scheduled program of AMAZING AUTHOR EVENTS!We've got YA...
01/09/2020

Happy new year! Skylight Books returns you now to your regularly scheduled program of AMAZING AUTHOR EVENTS!
We've got YA Fiction, Punk-Queer Fiction, Debut Fiction, Pop Music, Exile Literature, Essays, Poetry, and more!
See you soon! There is a link below to our calendar.
(Great excuse for a flashback photo of Patti Smith!)

Hi Emily!"In April 2018, bookseller Emily Pullen pointed out that four of the books on the nonfiction list, all by conse...
01/09/2020
A History of Buying Books Onto the Bestseller List

Hi Emily!
"In April 2018, bookseller Emily Pullen pointed out that four of the books on the nonfiction list, all by conservatives, had the telling little dagger next to them."

Donald Trump Jr's Triggered hit the New York Times bestseller list with a dagger, an indication of bulk buys. It's far from the first book to do so.

Apply!"Lambda Literary is proud to announce details of the 2020 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the nation’s ...
01/06/2020

Apply!
"Lambda Literary is proud to announce details of the 2020 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writer’s workshop and residency. The Retreat will be held August 9-16, 2020 on the campus of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles."
Link below in the comments...

Boris Kachka becomes the LA Times books editor...
01/06/2020
Kachka Leaving 'New York' for 'L.A. Times'

Boris Kachka becomes the LA Times books editor...

Boris Kachka, whose tenure as books editor at 'New York' magazine saw the publication experiment with tripling its book coverage, will succeed former books editor Carolyn Kellogg at the 'L.A. Times.'

Sorry but we will be CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd for our annual inventory. Back at it on Saturday at 10 a.m.!
01/02/2020

Sorry but we will be CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd for our annual inventory. Back at it on Saturday at 10 a.m.!

I remember being so star-struck when meeting Sonny Mehta once. Imagine all the author's hands he had shook before shakin...
12/31/2019
Publishing Legend Sonny Mehta is Dead at 77

I remember being so star-struck when meeting Sonny Mehta once. Imagine all the author's hands he had shook before shaking mine. A publishing legend. R.I.P.

Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, died December 30 in New York City. He was 77.

Happy end of 2019 from our storefront in 1996!We will close at 6 p.m. on December 31st and open late (noon) on January 1...
12/30/2019

Happy end of 2019 from our storefront in 1996!
We will close at 6 p.m. on December 31st and open late (noon) on January 1st. And on Friday, January 3rd, we will be closed all day for our annual inventory. Wishing you all some great times in 2020!

12/23/2019

Thanks for all those hardcore readers literally shopping by skylight this morning while our power was out for the first few hours! Power is back on now! "See" you soon!

Pretty sure our holiday hours were the same back in 2013!Dec. 23 - 10am - 10pmDec. 24 - 10am - 6pmDec. 25 - CLOSEDBack t...
12/23/2019

Pretty sure our holiday hours were the same back in 2013!
Dec. 23 - 10am - 10pm
Dec. 24 - 10am - 6pm
Dec. 25 - CLOSED
Back to it on Dec. 26 - 10am - 10 pm!
SEE YOU SOON! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Lots of good books here! Including "Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters" - "The book is available on Narrated Objects’...
12/12/2019
Give the gift of knowledge with these books by Filipino authors

Lots of good books here! Including "Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters" - "The book is available on Narrated Objects’ website or local LA shops like Skylight Books."
Thanks Asian Journal! Hi Narrated Objects!

by Christina M. Oriel, Klarize Medenilla & Malou Bledsoe / AJPress CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and we are all rushing to complete our shopping list. Gifting during the holidays is a tricky thing, however, as most people tend to buy what is trendy or popular. In the end, our recipients are mo...

Los Angeles! Here are some wonderful books and things that we think would make great gifts this season. They can be foun...
12/05/2019
SKYLIGHT BOOKS 2019 HOLIDAY CATALOG

Los Angeles! Here are some wonderful books and things that we think would make great gifts this season. They can be found in-store and most are also available on our website if you are reading this and shopping at 3 a.m.!

The booksellers at Skylight Books pick their favorite books and gadgets to help you find the perfect gift! Artwork and design by Alex Hemming.

Alex Hemming's stunning artwork on the cover of our new 2019 Holiday Catalog. Come get one!
12/04/2019

Alex Hemming's stunning artwork on the cover of our new 2019 Holiday Catalog. Come get one!

I am pretty proud of our bookseller recommendations at Skylight Books. From our top shelf shelf-talkers, to our eclectic...
12/04/2019
Penguin Hotline | Penguin Random House

I am pretty proud of our bookseller recommendations at Skylight Books. From our top shelf shelf-talkers, to our eclectic staff picks shelf, to personally filing the arms of readers and gift-givers with stacks of books. So come on in! But it also might be fun to see what books the people over at Penguin Random House might throw your way. Check out their recommendation hotline...

Welcome to the Penguin Hotline! Fill out the form below to receive custom, thoughtful book recommendations for you and yours, written by real people. Feel free to submit a request as many times as you’d like – we’ve got different recommendations for everyone on your list!

Always dreamed of wrapping gifts in a bookstore for your favorite cause? It's that time of the year! Skylight Books need...
11/28/2019

Always dreamed of wrapping gifts in a bookstore for your favorite cause? It's that time of the year! Skylight Books needs gift wrappers in three hour shifts to wrap presents for tips to give to your favorite animal shelter, school, etc. Contact: [email protected] for details and available shifts.

Our new Gift Card artwork! Created by Alex Hemming!
11/27/2019

Our new Gift Card artwork! Created by Alex Hemming!

11/27/2019
Indies First 2019 N.K. Jemisin

Indies First is this Saturday!
Skylight Books' Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day is November 30th! We will have FIVE great authors at the store plus snacks, fun, and movie ticket giveaways to the new SMG theater in Glendale!

Liska Jacobs 11:00-1:00 PM

Sarah Gailey 12:00-2:00 PM

Brandy Colbert 1:00-3:00 PM

AJ Dungo 2:00-4:00 PM

Steph Cha 3:00-5:00 PM

In this video created to promote Small Business Saturday, New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin encourages viewers to visit their local indie bookst...

11/27/2019

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES BOOK DRIVE STARTS DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. BOOKS BOUGHT FOR CHLA'S LITERALLY HEALING PROGRAM GET 20% OFF AND WE WILL DELIVER THEM FOR YOU!

11/25/2019

Skylight Books' Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day is November 30th! We will have FIVE great authors at the store plus snacks, fun, and movie ticket giveaways to the new SMG theater in Glendale!

Liska Jacobs 11:00-1:00 PM

Sarah Gailey 12:00-2:00 PM

Brandy Colbert 1:00-3:00 PM

AJ Dungo 2:00-4:00 PM

Steph Cha 3:00-5:00 PM

LOS ANGELES! GLENDALE!Studio Movie Grill gave us a bunch of free passes that we will be handing out on INDIES FIRST / SM...
11/22/2019
SMG Glendale

LOS ANGELES! GLENDALE!
Studio Movie Grill gave us a bunch of free passes that we will be handing out on INDIES FIRST / SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! That's November 30th! We will have five of our favorite authors in the store recommending books and helping hand out these free passes. Thanks SMG!

Studio Movie Grill
New Glendale Location Now Open!
The best in-theater dining experience. Custom luxury recliners, 100% reserved seating, American Grill menu, full service bar, modern lounge.

SMG Glendale is located in the heart of Glendale's Downtown arts and entertainment district on Artsakh Avenue, just south of E. Wilson Avenue. This location will feature over 750 luxury lounge chairs and recliners in 10 auditoriums outfitted with the latest digital projection, Dolby 3D, Q-SYS custom...

OREN TEICHER! Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of bookstores! We truly appreciate all you have attained for us...
11/21/2019
ABA's Oren Teicher Receives Literarian Award

OREN TEICHER! Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of bookstores! We truly appreciate all you have attained for us and how hard you have fought for us!

At the NBA gala last night, the National Book Foundation presented its 2019 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary

Josh Kun will be here tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:30 p.m.!"The Autograph Book of L.A.: Improvements on t...
11/04/2019

Josh Kun will be here tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:30 p.m.!
"The Autograph Book of L.A.: Improvements on the Page of the City, the third in his trilogy of books sponsored by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is based on the Special Collections of the Los Angeles Public Library. But leave it to MacArthur Fellow and culture communicator par excellence Kun to take the concept of “autographs” beyond the mere signing of names in little forget-me-not books. He looks at Los Angeles, his hometown, and sees the stamp of other people who also call it home. Suddenly imagery, graffiti, and yes—hand-written names—become the signature of a new Los Angeles, far beyond the one envisioned by Charles Lummis, the city librarian who created the LAPL autograph collection by soliciting a cache of famous people’s signatures on the
library’s own embossed stationery."

Address

1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA
90027

closest subway stop: 4 blocks south at Sunset/Vermont Metro station

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(323) 660-1175

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Is Dan Kusunoki a graphic novel master there?
Can we make this happen?? This would be so great!!
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Hi from Navel! We think your community may be interested in joining ours for the upcoming event. Below is more info: Inspired by the digital presence of Zapatistas on the internet as a phenomenon with massive possibilities for broad-based resistance beyond Mexico, The Zapatista Wi-Fi Rebellion is a program organized by gloria galvez at NAVEL on September 20, 22 & 23 that aims to educate and activate audiences around rebellious internet usage in corporate imperial cyberspace. Learn more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/events/508250273293642/
I'm so excited for my visit . Thank you for having me. Sept 15 at 3PM. Can't wait to read from "My Grandma and Me" for your patrons. Also doubly thrilled about the 4 starred reviews for the book! See you soon Los Angeles. Thank you again Skylight Books ❤
Thank you for hosting the Toni Morrison event tonight. I enjoyed it.
It was a magnificent evening of readings from Claudia and Josie Mendez-Negrete. Special shout out to my new friend Maddie.
Thanks Charles for carrying my book, Job Hunting. NOW What? Keeping it Real in the Modern Career Search.
I’m excited to join Hannah & See others still hiding out, spending silent hours reading real books...