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Alice Carbone on Building Community, Writing, Sex, and Getting a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Alice Carbone when we connected about sex and addiction. I spent a lot of my life being addicted and having sex. Then trying to not be addicted and not have sex.

LA's Perennial Postmodern Provocateur​ Victoria Looseleaf

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Gordy Grundy

Victoria Looseleaf is an LA icon. She is and always has been a whirling dervish, part smart dance critic and part madcap doyenne. She is an award-winning arts journalist whose bright sparks explode into fireworks.

Trash Reading

Allison K Hill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Allison K Hill

While my fellow booksellers and I spent the summer eagerly awaiting the new Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and David Mitchell novels, I was also secretly counting down the days to the newest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars.

Finding Faith

Allison K Hill | Posted 12.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison K Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Vacation Reading

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I go to work and browse the bookshelves. Ask my fellow booksellers for recommendations. Buy more books. Then I evolve and start "surfing" online. Reading reviews and blogs. Spying on staff picks from other bookstores.

Book Clubs Are Badass

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

The gravity of choosing a club name. The ongoing battles to select titles. The no holds barred opinions and heated debates. Kicking members out for failing to read the book or stay on topic. The wine! These readers are the masters of their literary domain.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Allison K Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I've found that many booksellers, when faced with the sometimes daunting task of deciding what to read next, have developed their own idiosyncratic "strategies." Often secret, until now.

Dear Oprah

Allison K Hill | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Allison K Hill

I guess I miss the good ol' days. President Clinton was in office and was frequently photographed with a book in hand, or seen visiting a bookstore. You had your book club. But I still want to say thank you for everything you've done to support books and promote reading.

Crimes of Passion

Allison K Hill | Posted 08.01.2013 | Books
Allison K Hill

My teen years are a blur of loitering and prowling, in libraries, bookstores, and books themselves. And there may have been some trespassing along the way. (The statute of limitations hasn't expired though, so I'll leave it at that.)

Writing a Life

Allison K Hill | Posted 08.09.2011 | Books
Allison K Hill

Over the years, my father demonstrated to me that books offer us solace and escape when nothing else can. He taught me a deep appreciation and gratitude for a good story.

Best Independent Bookstores In Los Angeles

losangeles.cbslocal.com | Posted 06.28.2011 | Books

The best independent bookstores reflect and serve their community. They provide a space for ideas and discovery through interesting stock, author eve...

Books I've Loved and Lost

Allison K Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Allison K Hill

Will printed books cease to exist? I honestly don't know the answer. But I know that I miss the books I've lost along the way, the physical books with their notes, underlinings and associations.

The Death of the Bookstore

College Candy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
College Candy

It would appear that the impending fall of Borders and Barnes & Noble is a victory for the corner bookstore and local library, but -- with book sales as they are -- the victory could be a hollow one.

The Agenda: Auntie Mame, Art Crawls And Tequila

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Take the family to a Christmas performance in the park (in both English and Spanish) or a screening of the classic Auntie Mame. For artsy types, check...