I have been wanting to visit The Last Bookstore for a long time! There are so few bookstores around now, making the name of this one pretty accurate. LA is filled with old buildings that were once department stores or theatres and are now banks and restaurants. The Last Bookstore occupies the first floor of a corner building in Downtown LA. The space has been renovated to accommodate hundreds and hundreds of new and used books.
The first floor is dedicated to new books. There is so much to look at everywhere you turn. There is a small stage and plenty of interesting people around. It was crowded but still really exciting to walk around… I could have spent ages in there.
The upstairs holds tons of used books. Beautiful art installations line the hallways as you walk around the balcony of the upstairs. There are small shops to purchase local artists’ work as well as galleries where art is displayed. The upstairs section is called The Labyrinth. It is a bunch of interconnected rooms lined with books and fun, quirky displays. And, get this, the end of the labyrinth has a dollar book section (score!).
Bibliophiles will love this place. If you haven’t checked it out, I recommend it. Especially if you’re a people watcher, too! It’s not only a store, but like a little adventure. I was able to pick up a few used books for very cheap. See photos below! Taken with my phone, they might be a little blurry.
As for the inspired fiction, I thought I would try writing a drabble, which is a 100-word story. It seems easy but it poses quite a challenge trying to build a small story in only 100 words. See the story about a solitary bookkeeper here.
Speaking of writing, I attempted National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. I was supposed to get to 50,000 words in one month… and instead got to 3,724. Oh well. Maybe next year?