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How to Care for Your Rare Book Collection

A rare book collection is a wonderful thing to have. Curating your own library of special titles is a magnificent joy.   However, like all material things, rare books begin to disintegrate over time. This can be alarming, especially if you have invested a considerable amount in your collection.   Her are some tips for […]

Dr. Sandra Bonura

“Light in the Queen’s Garden,” by Dr. Sandra Bonura

La Playa Books was thrilled to host Dr. Sandra Bonura at the store this past Sunday!   A noted teacher and historian, Dr. Bonura spoke on the turbulent history of the Kingdom of Hawai’i as told through the eyes of the young American teacher, Ida Pope.   With the help of a visual presentation filled […]

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 […]