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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 […]

Marketa Hancova and International Women’s Day at La Playa Books

March 8th was International Women’s Day and we celebrated at La Playa Books by having Marketa Hancova speak about her journey across the sea from Czechoslovakia to America.     Enthralled by the notion of freedom and liberty, Marketa made her way to the United States after growing up under Communism. Marketa set the tone […]

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La Playa Books and Jane Smiley at PLNU’s Writer’s Symposium

Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea is in full swing, and Tuesday night Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley gave an interview with Dr. Dean Nelson to a captive audience. La Playa books was present in the lobby selling Jane Smiley’s books and facilitating an after-interview book signing. Many audience members went home […]

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Book Love: Spruce Up Your Library this Valentine’s Day

The season of love is upon us, and while dinner with your darling may be nice and all, have you ever seen the gloriousness that is row upon row of thoughtfully cultivated books? Your collection of books will still be there when the flowers fade, so show them some love this Valentine’s Day and spruce […]

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Konstellation Press at La Playa Books!

La Playa Books welcomed Konstellation Press and their presentation of “Magic, Murder, and Mystery” last Thursday evening. The book is an anthology of short stories written by The Second Thursday Writers Group, so named so that the members would never forget what day of the week they were scheduled to meet. Frustrated with the limitations […]