Skylight Books

Skylight Books Fiercely independent bookstore in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles
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Here we are...taking it day by day. Please don't forget about our indiegogo campaign and our new t-shirts! (Check the li...
05/16/2020
America is reading more in quarantine, but indie booksellers are missing out

Here we are...taking it day by day.
Please don't forget about our indiegogo campaign and our new t-shirts! (Check the links in comments area.) And THANK YOU for continuing to order online through Skylight Books. We hope to be ready for curbside pick-up on MAY 20th.

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on businesses big and small, especially those which were struggling before the pandemic. The bookselling and publishing industries have grown more and more vulnerable over the years, as reading habits dwindle across America. Two years ago, leisure reading hit an all-tim...

There is another way to support Skylight Books - a special 2020 edition Book Cat t-shirt! Show the world you are a Book ...
05/14/2020
Skylight Books | Bonfire

There is another way to support Skylight Books - a special 2020 edition Book Cat t-shirt! Show the world you are a Book Cat! Or you support Book Cats! Or you believe in Book Cats!
Book Cat the superhero! Book Cat for president! Three colors available in three different styles! Image designed by Skylight Books bookseller Frieda Gossett-Clayton!

Support Skylight Books and Franny the bookstore cat with your purchase!. Skylight Books is an independent bookstore in Los Angeles, (usually) featuring great in-person...

Los Angeles and book friends. Two days ago we launched our Indiegogo campaign to help make up for lost revenue and to ge...
05/14/2020
Help The Skylight Books Community!

Los Angeles and book friends. Two days ago we launched our Indiegogo campaign to help make up for lost revenue and to get books to adults in emergency Covid-19 housing and to kids through the Grab and Go program. As little as $20 will help get books to those in need and help Skylight Books survive. And thank you for all your online orders, those are helping tremendously. We hope to be able to offer cubside pick-up around May 20th. And we dream of the day when we can have you all in the store again, browsing books, lingering with friends, and listening to a fantastic author reading their work. Stay safe friends!

With libraries and schools closed - Help provide books to kids and adults affected by COVID-19. | Check out 'Help The Skylight Books Community!' on Indiegogo.

05/13/2020
Akashic Books

This is pretty great...

Marlon James (BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF) has an R-rated conversation with 12-year-old Abie Temple about fantasy writing, stealing books, and Donald Trump.

Los Angeles and the world! Know that Samantha Irby and Ann Friedman have an online event on May 14th!Hailed as an “ideal...
05/12/2020
Samantha Irby in Conversation - Events

Los Angeles and the world! Know that Samantha Irby and Ann Friedman have an online event on May 14th!
Hailed as an “ideal quarantine companion” by the New York Times, Scripps [email protected] is bringing humorist Samantha Irby to your living room. The essayist, whose latest ​book Wow, No Thank You was an instant #1 Bestseller, addresses class, sexuality, and pop culture with inimitable hilarity and candor. Call Your Girlfriend‘s Ann Friedman joins her for a conversation.

05/09/2020
Lil Miss Hot Mess reads her kids book: The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish

Playing off “The Wheels on the Bus,” this nursery rhyme book from a founder of Drag Queen Story Hour is a fun, freewheeling celebration of being your most fabulous self.

The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish encourages readers to boldly be exactly who they are. Written by a founding member of the nationally recognized Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), this playful picture book offers a quirky twist on a classic nursery rhyme by illustrating all of the ways to “work it”. The story plays off “The Wheels on the Bus” as it follows a drag queen who performs her routine in front of an awestruck audience. A fun frenzy of fierceness, this book will appeal to readers of all ages.

Order the book:
https://www.skylightbooks.com/book/9780762467655

Original event listing: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-instagram-lil-miss-hot-mess-reads-her-new-picture-book-hips-drag-queen-go-swish-swish

Join us on Saturday, May 9th at 1pm PST for an Instagram Live storytime and singalong with Lil Miss Hot Mess, co-founder...
05/07/2020

Join us on Saturday, May 9th at 1pm PST for an Instagram Live storytime and singalong with Lil Miss Hot Mess, co-founder of @dragqueenstoryhour and author of the new picture book The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish! No registration required 🌈💅

What’s up kittykats!? Need something to listen while WFH? Check out the newest episodes of the Skylit podcast! Featuring...
05/05/2020

What’s up kittykats!? Need something to listen while WFH? Check out the newest episodes of the Skylit podcast! Featuring our dear friends Lulu Miller, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Jessi Jezewska Stevens, Amina Cain, Janelle Brown, Ali Araghi, & Kathryn Scanlon accompanied by Brian Evanson! Happy Listening 😎

Lewis MacAdams was not just a friend of the Los Angeles River but a true friend of Los Angeles. He always wanted the bes...
04/22/2020
Lewis MacAdams, Who Worked To Fix The 'Tragedy' Of The LA River, Has Died At 75

Lewis MacAdams was not just a friend of the Los Angeles River but a true friend of Los Angeles. He always wanted the best for this town and he had the poetic skills to proclaim it. We have a lot to thank him for. RIP.

The poet and activist was credited for his pioneering work to reimagine the much-maligned Los Angeles River.

So many bookstores need help right now.We truly appreciate all the orders that have been coming in through our website.....
04/22/2020
Save Larry Edmunds Bookshop organized by Larry Edmunds

So many bookstores need help right now.
We truly appreciate all the orders that have been coming in through our website...it is literally (haha) keeping us alive. Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been around for 80 years! And they could use your support too. Love you Los Angeles. Love you book world.

Save Larry Edmunds Bookshop!A personal message from Jeffrey Mantor, proprietor of Hollywood… Larry Edmunds needs your support for Save Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Podcast book recommendations! NEW! Our live recordings of author readings and events has been interrupted but we wouldn'...
04/20/2020
Handsell, Ep. 1, "Lane & Sydney"

Podcast book recommendations! NEW! Our live recordings of author readings and events has been interrupted but we wouldn't want to leave you hanging. Enjoy the sweet, NPR ready voices of some opionated Skylight Books booksellers and also catch up on some of the other virtual events we will be hosting. You can also find the archive of our recorded events. Available through Spotify, PodBean, and Itunes. Hope to see you soon Los Angeles!

Listen to this episode from Skylight Books Podcast Series on Spotify. In the premiere episode of the Skylight Books Booksellers Series, Lane and Sydney handsell us their staff picks. Plus, Mary gives us an update on how Skylight is faring during the coronavirus crisis, and Maddie details how the eve...

It's not as easy as walking in and asking for a good book! But we still LOVE it when you order from us!
04/14/2020

It's not as easy as walking in and asking for a good book! But we still LOVE it when you order from us!

Celebrate Wanda Coleman! Tonight, Apirl 7th at 7pm! It's a Zoom thing! WANDA COLEMAN!"one something keeps telling me i n...
04/07/2020

Celebrate Wanda Coleman! Tonight, Apirl 7th at 7pm! It's a Zoom thing! WANDA COLEMAN!
"one something keeps telling me i need to leave Los Angeles and i say i would if’n i could maybe it’s smog addiction maybe it’s ambition maybe it’s civic pride maybe all of that maybe it’s the other something telling me i’m gonna make it if i hang on long enough strong enough i’m going to make it or break it (lose me lose your good thang) and it’s breakin’ me not makin’ it..." (from Angel Baby Blues)

A WICKED LAUNCH FOR WANDA
Join us on April 7, when our hostess with the mostest Amber Rose Tamblyn welcomes editor Terrance Hayes plus Mahogany L. Browne, Dorothea Lasky, Rachel McKibbens, Patricia Smith for a reading and celebration of the one-and-only WANDA COLEMAN.

MORE INFO http://www.godine.com/seized-by-wicked-enchantment-a-wanda-coleman-celebration/

04/03/2020
Normal People Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original

Sally Rooney's book on Hulu...have you seen the trailer?
Thoughts?

It’s Not Like This With Other People. Normal People, a Hulu Original series, premieres all episodes April 29. ABOUT NORMAL PEOPLE: Based on Sally Rooney’s be...

"...book buying can be made as least as safe as shopping for dry pasta." !!!!!!!!!THANK YOU SKYLIGHT BOOKS READERS!The a...
03/31/2020
Op-Ed: If marijuana is essential during the coronavirus shutdown, why not books?

"...book buying can be made as least as safe as shopping for dry pasta." !!!!!!!!!

THANK YOU SKYLIGHT BOOKS READERS!
The amount of support and online orders we have received feels so wonderful! We love you! We know that shipping the books straight from the distributor seems less personal but you are really helping the bookstore and the booksellers survive. We are brainstorming some online programming to help make up for all the cancelled/postponed author events. Stay tuned! And stay strong Los Angeles!

As are bread and milk, gas and aspirin, alcohol and marijuana, books should be available, with safety precautions in place, at the usual places we buy them in our neighborhoods.

HEY LOS ANGELES AND FRIENDS! Our website is back and available to accept your orders! Do you need a book? Read our lates...
03/27/2020
Skylight Books: Our Website Is Open for Business!

HEY LOS ANGELES AND FRIENDS!
Our website is back and available to accept your orders! Do you need a book? Read our latest update below for all the information. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

One day at a time. Just a few days ago we were open to serve all the readers and today we are closed down, until further...
03/21/2020
Coronavirus forces Southern California independent bookstores to adapt to life during a pandemic

One day at a time. Just a few days ago we were open to serve all the readers and today we are closed down, until further notice not even able to ship books. Proud to be part of all the stores and people making the sacrifice and staying home. It's weird and hard but we're glad to go through it with all of you. Skylight Books can no longer serve our in-store or online customers but you can still support other indie and local stores. Maybe order from a bookstore that is still able to fulfill online orders (indie bookstores found here: https://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder ). And not just books! Think indie for all your needs. That way, when the day comes, and we can all open our doors again, and mingle and share and browse and shop, there will still be some stores that have doors to open! What a party that is going to be!

Booksellers in LA, Orange and Riverside counties are moving to online sales for the time being.

03/20/2020

We had a feeling it would come to this. Due to the State of California's Safer At Home policy we have to (temporarily!) stop operations at Skylight Books. We have been missing all of you already but at least we had a connection through online orders and curbside/sidewalk pick-up. For the love and health of our city, our state, and the world we are staying home and will no longer be able to process online orders or phone orders.
We will be shipping all completed orders (from home!) today and tomorrow and contacting customers with orders we can not complete. If you have any questions about your order please email: [email protected].
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT! Our hearts have exploded from all the love you have surrounded us with! We love you! We can't wait to surround YOU with LOVE and BOOKS sometime soon! Take care out there!

Dear Los Angeles and all our friends,(The text of this post has been removed as it is out of date with the new Safer At ...
03/18/2020

Dear Los Angeles and all our friends,
(The text of this post has been removed as it is out of date with the new Safer At Home policy.)
We hope all of you are safe and healthy!
Yours,
Skylight Books
(Here's a funky picture of Franny who has been a trooper through all of this offering emotional support with equal parts inspiring aloofness. xo)

Skylight Books announces that we have to extend our current cancellations and postponements of our author event programm...
03/16/2020

Skylight Books announces that we have to extend our current cancellations and postponements of our author event programming at least until May 9th. Approximately 50 events! We apologize for any inconvenience. And we especially want to send love to all the debut authors that will not be able to publicly celebrate their first book publication! We celebrate you Debut Authors! Congratulations Jessi Jezewska Stevens! Harry Dodge! Tom Haviv! Jordan Kisner! Anna Wiener! Felicia Angeja Viator! And those were just the debuts through March! Buy these people's books!
(T-shirt from the 1990s - No Means No tour shirt.)

It is with heavy disappointment that we must cancel the remaining author programming for the month of March. You probabl...
03/13/2020
Skylight Books | What a neighborhood bookstore should be...

It is with heavy disappointment that we must cancel the remaining author programming for the month of March. You probably have been seeing these kind of announcements all day and we wish we did not have to be a part of this trend but it seems the safe, sane, and responsible thing to do. Our author event series is extremely important to us - bringing together authors, writers, readers, and our local community is one of our favorite parts of being Skylight Books! We hope to continue programming as soon as we can. Meanwhile, our bookstore is open and even with all the weird news and cancellations it felt great to be in a bookstore today with the rain pelting our skylights. So if you are looking for a good read, you know where to go. And if you are already in your PJs with your tea (or whatever) you can always find us at www.skylightbooks.com.
Take care out there!

Things you can do at home...help Lion's Tooth become a great new bookstore. You get some cool books and they get a books...
03/12/2020
Support Milwaukee's newest bookstore

Things you can do at home...help Lion's Tooth become a great new bookstore. You get some cool books and they get a bookstore space!

Get a book or graphic novel subscription and help fund our storefront ❤️ | Check out 'Support Milwaukee's newest bookstore' on Indiegogo.

Number 6: Skylight Books (LA) recommends "Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and th...
03/11/2020
44 Books To Read Over Spring Break If Your Travel Plans Are Cancelled

Number 6: Skylight Books (LA) recommends "Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples" by Erica Lagalisse.
"Lagalisse bravely and concisely clarifies the complex intersections between the occult, Western radicalism, and conspiracy theories with a strong feminist argument against the hidden patriarchal tendencies in Western culture and politics that she traces all the way back to St. Augustine and the ancient Hermetic tradition." —book buyer Charles Hauther

We asked our favorite indie booksellers about the books they're loving these days.

It's here! Congratulations Katie Orphan! TONIGHT!  KATIE ORPHAN DISCUSSES HER DEBUT NONFICTION BOOK "READ ME, LOS ANGELE...
03/11/2020

It's here! Congratulations Katie Orphan!
TONIGHT! KATIE ORPHAN DISCUSSES HER DEBUT NONFICTION BOOK "READ ME, LOS ANGELES" WITH LISKA JACOBS!
Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m.!

Los Angeles (and all readers, writers, publishers, people of earth)! In case you haven't heard, the L.A. Times Festival ...
03/11/2020
2020 New Dates - Festival of Books

Los Angeles (and all readers, writers, publishers, people of earth)! In case you haven't heard, the L.A. Times Festival of Books has been POSTPONED. The new dates are the weekend of October 3rd-4th, 2020. The festival is a lot of work for us Southern California bookstores but also, always one of the highlights of the year. We are looking forward to seeing you all on a sunny day in October!

March 10, 2020 L.A. Times 2020 Festival of Books Rescheduled   In light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Times is postponing the Festival of Books and Food Bowl events, originally scheduled for this April and May, respectively....

Neda Disney will be at Skylight Books TONIGHT, March 10th, at 7:30 p.m.!"Planting Wolves is a beautifully written master...
03/10/2020
A Conversation with Neda Disney

Neda Disney will be at Skylight Books TONIGHT, March 10th, at 7:30 p.m.!
"Planting Wolves is a beautifully written masterpiece. A wonderful point-of-view story that comes full circle. Disney captures the lives of six intricate characters whose lives are so magnificently intertwined it will leave you wanting more." —Seattle Book Review

Aaron Shulman speaks to Neda Disney about her debut novel, “Planting Wolves.”

Submit to Barrow Street! Send your submission during the reading period by using our Online Submission Manager. Our open...
03/09/2020
Submit – Barrow Street

Submit to Barrow Street!
Send your submission during the reading period by using our Online Submission Manager. Our open reading period is from Dec. 1 - Dec. 15. Dec. 16 - March 15th there is a $3 charge per submission. Submit up to five pages maximum. Name, address, and phone number should appear on each page. Submissions that exceed the maximum cannot be read.

Submit Book Contest Guidelines Our 2019 book contest deadline is June 30th. Please use our Online Submission Manager to submit. Click here for detailed guidelines. This year's book contest judge is Jericho Brown. For contest queries contact Laura Marie Marciano at [email protected] 2018 Barrow Street...

Los Angeles! We have a pair of passes to see Big Thief at The Hollywood Palladium in August! Like this post and on Monda...
03/04/2020

Los Angeles! We have a pair of passes to see Big Thief at The Hollywood Palladium in August! Like this post and on Monday, March 9th, we'll pick a winner! Happy Super Tuesday!

03/02/2020
Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Make March Matter 2019 - Get Involved

It's time to #MakeMarchMatter for the kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles! All donations at Skylight Books will go to their Literally Healing program which gives free books to patients and their siblings EVERY DAY. I will include some links below with information and links to donate directly. Or donate next time you are in Skylight!

Make March Matter is an annual fundraising campaign that brings local businesses and the community together to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Throu...

Tonight! February 27th at 7:30 p.m.APRIL DÁVILA READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "142 OSTRICHES" WITH AMY MEYERSON!"An unusual...
02/27/2020

Tonight! February 27th at 7:30 p.m.
APRIL DÁVILA READS FROM HER DEBUT NOVEL "142 OSTRICHES" WITH AMY MEYERSON!
"An unusual ranching tale set in the Mojave Desert, where the herd is a flock of eight foot tall birds and their wrangler, a young woman raised by her gruff grandmother who dreams of another kind of life. A twisty, warmhearted story of family, community and fate, a thoroughgoing delight."– Janet Fitch

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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In an era of huge retailers and bookstores, its refreshing to have a community bookstore with personalized service.
Enjoyed getting to know Skylight through yesterday's Thorpe, Danier, and Gould Virtual Launch Party. Interested in knowing more about Skylight. Lois Herr
Is it possible to order the wooden framed reading glasses that you carry?
Friends of Skylight, Does anyone remember Lucy?
Hello I’m looking for the authors name or the books they about powerful abilities like mediumship X-ray vision night vision ability to know all the right answers ability to prevent yourself from being poisoned ability to remove tattoo ink from the body ability to give someone pimples or make them fat all different kinds of abilities Poem like paragraphs black soft leather cover 30-50- books in a set of collections I had 3books but were stolen when I was a teenager books were found in Middletown Illinois library in 1980s so books are a lot older then that year library no longer has books and doesn’t know anything about them small town I’m looking for authors name or the books possibly first name start with X. Last name is like buch bush not sure any help would be great help thank you for taking the time to read my email
We’ve heard about dinosaurs on a theme park island now how about dinosaurs in another dimension If you like a copy of my book please visit my page
Is Dan Kusunoki a graphic novel master there?
Can we make this happen?? This would be so great!!
Hello, Sara and I have a free affiliate program (www.stloiyf.com#affiliate) that many of our national partners like since there is greater reach and no overhead of physically stocking our paperback. We like to help local businesses when we can, so reach out if you'd like to discuss.
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.