Small World Books has turned 50!

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September 13, 2019

Small World Books, on the Venice Boardwalk, has turned 50 years old in September, making it the oldest general bookstore in Los Angeles!! Opening in what was then referred to as Boys' Market Center in Marina del Rey on Labor Day 1969 and then taking the short hop skip and jump to the Venice Beach Boardwalk on Labor Day 1976, Small World books has been doling out sincere recommendations to both locals and tourists from around the world for every one of those 50 years! But Small World Books has also been an artistic hub for both emerging and established authors, from signings with Anne Rice (the line went down the boardwalk as far as the eye could see!) and Walter Mosley(his first book signing was with us and his mother made sure to invite all her friends,) among countless other authors both big and small; to art openings, live music and innumerable stories (some more appropriate than others) that have shaped who we are and what we think makes us one of the most unique bookstores in the country! On September 12th, from 6pm-9pm, we had live music, food, and drinks to honor all the past employees and customers who helped us thrive and to all the future ones who will help us stay around for another 50!

Adam Lipman