Before the Festival of Books gets started this weekend, the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (for which I am the benevolent president) sponsored a pre-party at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. And what a great bookstore it was! I don't need to describe it because I've got swell pictures.
It used to be a bank in another life, but the vault doors, the second story, the pillars, even some of the mosaic floor all remain.
Gary Phillips joins us.
Other authors are lured in by the free wine and munchies. That's Denise Hamilton, Cara Black, Linda O Johnson. And you can't see them--Diana Gould an Susan Goldstein--but they were there, too.
Author Holly West showed up.
Now, check out this bookstore. Upstairs are the genre books all arranged in creative shelves surrounded by interesting art installations. There were also shops upstairs that I didn't quite get to. A vault door opens into the horror and crime section.
A wall of steam-punky gadgets.
We had center stage below.
Interesting book sculptures.
Book arch leads to the dollar room, where some books are coordinated by color.
The Last Bookstore is a fabulous place. I do recommend stopping in when you're downtown. Buy books! Thanks to them for all their help. See you tomorrow at the festival.