Author James Clay

Author James Clay at La Playa Books!

Western author James Clay spoke to a packed house in the store last Sunday afternoon.   With animated enthusiasm, Clay regaled the crowd with the history and structure of the Western genre, pointing out that the Western is the mythology of America.   From dime novels, to pulp magazine, to the paperback, to the Golden […]

Art and Jazz: An Evening with Dorothy Annette

Jazz and Art came together at La Playa books last Thursday night with the art of Dorothy Annette and the smooth jazz of saxophonist Brandon Johnson.   The pairing of jazz and art was no coincidence, as the two have been closely linked throughout Annette’s creative journey.   “Music is the reason I started painting,” […]

Poet Joan Gannij at La Playa Books

Last weekend La Playa Books had the honor of hosting poet Joan Gannij for a reading of some of her work. Wine and cheese in hand, audience members were regaled by poems that ranged from the thoughtful and warm to outright humorous. Gannij, originally from San Diego but currently residing in Amsterdam, infused her poems […]

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Thank You for a Successful Independent Bookstore Day!

Last weekend was a whirlwind of activity as all of us here at La Playa Books joined in the national celebration of independent bookstores! We were excited to see so many people participating in the bookstore crawl, earning stamps on their passports, and winning exclusive prizes. Over the course of the weekend, 863 passports were given […]

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Independent Bookstore Day at La Playa Books!

As part of #bookstoreday 2018, La Playa Books and eight other local independent booksellers are taking part in a Bookstore Crawl! Pick up your passport at any of the nine locations & get it stamped with a purchase on April 28th and 29th. Collect four stamps & get a limited-edition San Diego Bookstore Day Crawl tote and entry into […]

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5 Stephen Hawking Books that Aren’t “A Brief History of Time”

The brilliant Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, leaving behind a brilliant legacy in the world of theoretical physics.   Professor Hawking first made waves in the scientific community when his book, A Brief History of Time, became a phenomenal bestseller, making his theories about black holes accessible to the layman and academic […]