The Los Angeles Times has more on the closing of Dutton's, which is set to close the day before we were set to read there.
Author Carolyn See described the store's decline and looming closing as "just sickening."
She said she prized the spot as a neighborhood meeting place, not just for literati but also for local dog walkers. "If you weren't the drinking kind," See said, "you could go there the way you'd go to a bar."
It's true. We popped around yesterday afternoon before a doctor's appointment in the neighborhood to find Antoine Wilson and Brigid Hughes sitting and chatting at cafe outside. We lamented the closing, and Hughes pointed out that she'd been unable to find a copy of the Silverblatt-recommended Their Dogs Came With Them by Helen Maria Viramontes's anywhere but Dutton's.