I've tried numerous times to write about the imminent closing of my neighborhood independent bookstore Village Books but I can't seem to get past my anger and my heartbreak to say anything that doesn't risk getting me ejected from the neighborhood. I will weigh on this later but for now I'll settle for saying that closures like this kill the soul. It's a measure of the cultural, intellectual and civic disengagement of a neighborhood that buys BMWs for their kids but can't support a store like Village Books.
Anyway, enough spleen. If you're in the area, come by tomorrow evening at 8:30 to wish the best to the store's wonderful staff:
You are invited to a reception in honor of Katie O'Laughlin and the amazing Village Books staff as we celebrate 14 years of Village Books in Pacific Palisades. The reception will be held at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisdes, at 8:30 PM. It will begin immediately after the book signing by Sugar Ray Leonard, Honorary Mayor of Pacific Palisades, of his new book The Big Fight: My Life in and Out of the Ring, written with former Palisadian, Michael Arkush. There will be light refreshments and champagne to thank Katie, Mia, Connie, Jessica, Andrea, Barbara, Danielle, Liz, Ed, Amy and all who have worked at Village Books over the years for their contribution to Pacific Palisades and to celebrate the launch of the new business "Village Books To Go!" The reception is hosted by Pauletta Walsh and Bill Bruns. We hope you can join us!