Many indie bookstores have come and gone, but Book Soup has held on to its spot on the Sunset Strip since 1975. This West Hollywood bookstore’s a popular place for local literary types, with a big magazine rack out front, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and readings scheduled most days of the week.
The space isn’t small, per se, but it’s a tad crowded because so many bookshelves are packed in there. Authors giving readings are placed in the corner of the store, with the audience sitting in a T formation along the north and west walls — or standing in the back, if there’s a good turnout. It makes for a cozy atmosphere!
Post-reading, there are dozens of bars in walking distance to continue the conversation. Just remember to feed your parking meter!
Book Soup. 8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood. 310.659.3110.