Friday, January 11, 2013

Love My Indie with Authors Amy Helmes and Kim Askew

Love My Indie is a feature where fellow bloggers, readers, and authors tell me about their favorite independent bookstores. I love the feeling I get when I go into an independent bookstore - like it is filled with hidden treasures just waiting for me to find them.

Showing some Indie Love today are:
Amy Helmes and Kim Askew 
authors of Tempestuous and Exposure
We spend numerous hours lost in the shelves at Los Angeles’s Skylight Books, which is conveniently located between our two houses in our east side neighborhood, Los Feliz. Skylight carries a great collection of literary journals, zines, children’s books, art and coffee table books, and graphic novels, but our favorite section is undoubtedly fiction. It’s incredibly curated, allowing for really great, unexpected "discoveries" like the English translations of the detective series the Marseilles Trilogy by French writer Jean-Claude Izzo.  

Skylight’s event calendar is packed with readings from some of the most talented writers around, including A.M. Homes and local author Aimee Bender, as well as up-and-comers like Emma Straub. They also hosted our friend, Andrea N. Richesin, when she launched her anthology Crush. We can’t wait to have our first reading of the Twisted Lit series there on February 2. For bibliophiles, Skylight is truly the heart and soul of our neighborhood!

Small World Books on the Venice Boardwalk is probably the best bookstore you’ve never heard of. Blink and you’ll miss the entrance, too--it’s almost lost among the jostling crowds next to an outdoor cafe with a literary-themed menu. Small World has a surprisingly large collection of New York Review of Books Lost Classics and a fab mystery collection, all guarded by the bookshop’s fluffy feline, Conan the Librarian.
About the Authors
Kim Askew and Amy Helmes are the authors of the Shakespeare-inspired YA series Twisted Lit. Tempestuous is
available now and Exposure will be available January 18, 2013 from Merit Press. For more information, visit
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