Our local, largest independent bookstore in Southern California is Vromans and up in the Northwest, it is Powells. Vroman's is next to the local independent film movie house, the Laemmle with a coffee house and indoor/outdoor seating. It sits on the Rose Parade route that fills the area every New Year's.
Vromans sells a tee-shirt that reads
Don't Judge a Book by its Movie
I like stories in song, book, movie
and perfume in a bottle.
I like stories told, woven, cooked, eaten,
painted and sculpted.
I like choreography and technology
and bleeps of family story expressing genetically.
Illustration: Art From Above Lura Astor