To Hell with LaLa Land—L.A. Is Book Land

Enough with the clichés about L.A. being only about movies, TV, and juice cleanses. We’re here to report that our city’s small-press scene has been exploding.

Check out Eagle Rock–based Unnamed Press, which is rocketing to success with outstanding fiction and nonfiction; their sister operation, the nonprofit Phoneme Media, is also making waves. Also in Eagle Rock is Doppelhouse Press, which focuses on architecture, design, and art, as well as histories of exile; their stunning book Adolfo Kaminsky, A Forger’s Life is an international star. We’re thrilled to welcome Pasadena pal Red Hen Press to the Lincoln corridor where our office is based—they’re breaking ground on their new Lincoln Avenue digs next month. And perhaps you read in the Los Angeles Times recently about X Artists’ Books, the new venture from a visual artist, a designer, and actor/book lover Keanu Reeves.

Down Long Beach way, the new Brown Paper Press is producing smart nonfiction titles. Meanwhile, in downtown L.A., a bilingual children’s book publisher, Lil’ Libros, is winning national acclaim for its stunning board books. Newly arrived in LA is co-publisher Ross Ufberg of New Vessel Press, one of the country’s best publishers of translated literature.

And, of course, there are the cornerstones of SoCal’s book-publishing community, including Angel City Press, home to gorgeous books on history and culture; Santa Monica Press, creator of books on sports, music, SoCal culture and sights, and more; Rare Bird Books, which is growing so fast we can barely keep up with its imprints and titles; such nonprofit guiding lights as Kaya Press and Writ Large; and the always-witty Knock Knock.

Finally, we’ve been busier than ever up here in Altadena, publishing 50% more titles this year than last. Obviously, we’ve been inspired by the literary community that surrounds us.

2 replies
  1. Lydia
    Lydia says:

    Wow! I had no idea that LA was full of publishers – I love this! I’m moving to Orange County – what’s the literary scene down there? Do you know any publishers?

  2. Colleen Bates
    Colleen Bates says:

    Check the wonderful new 1888 Center in Orange, a literary center with events, a bookstore, classes, and more.

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