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Power to the publisher: DTLA bookstore launches rotating selection of 'indie shelves'

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 09:47AM
Hayley Fox

The Last Bookstore is introducing a new section dedicated entirely to indie publishers.

The Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A. will be introducing a new section of books this week dedicated entirely to independent publishers.

A statement from the book shop says the new initiative is "intended to serve as a formal introduction between independent literature and the visitors to the bookstore."

The Last Bookstore will post placards on each publisher's shelf with background information on the press and the type of publications they put out, in addition to displaying short recommendations for each individual book.

The list of publishers include Gorsky Press, an offshoot of a non-profit punk zine, and the quarterly publication "Slake: Los Angeles," which includes a collection of journalistic, narrative and poetry pieces.

This Indie Shelves Initiative will be a rotating display, with the first wave of publishers removed in January to make room for new ones.

The Last Bookstore has continued to show its allegiance to DIY publishing with events such as the L.A. Zine Fest which it hosted earlier this year. In a world that's increasingly digital, this six-hour festival was a celebration of all things paper-based.

"Were just trying to encourage people to take a look at the fact that print is still alive and it's fun to sit down and make something with your hands," Rhea Tepplim, one of Zine Fest's organizers, told Blogdowntown in February.

This summer, the Downtown shop introduced a book labyrinth on the mezzanine level consisting entirely of of $1 books. Josh Spencer, owner of the store, said 50 percent of the profits from this level will go to charity.

An official opening for the new indie publishers section will be Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. A list of scheduled readings for the day will be released later this week.

UPDATE: The Last Bookstore has updated their list and told Blogdowntown that "Slake" will not be participating in the indie shelves initiative.

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