Friday, November 21st, 8:30pm:

Hosts Ever Mainard and Caitlin Bergh invite you to The Last Book Review at The Last Bookstore. Listen as the best storytellers, comics, and authors come together to share humorous tales, personal essays and one very witty book review.

Sunday, October, 19th, 4pm to 6pm:

The Last Bookstore is happy to welcome Dawn Kohler, Deanna Neil, and Desiree Zamorano as they read and discuss their latest work.

Dawn Kohler
Author of the Emma Daines Series
“My last day at work was not about heroics, a pinnacle of success, or like I wished, a buyout that would have left me if not outright rich, at least financially secure for the better part of my life. It didn’t come by way of illness per se, accident, or dismissal, but by way of sheer self-mutiny. The self I was born to be, decided to hijack the one I had created.” – Dawn Kohler

At the age of 32, Dawn experienced a profound life change that pulled her from her award winning role as founder and CEO of a thriving computer company and into a serendipitous journey that altered the course of her life. The following years were devoted to exploration, study, and a deep yearning to return to her passion for writing.  The many lessons she experienced on her journey are depicted in her 1999 memoir, A New Dawn Rising, One Woman’s Spiritual Odyssey.

After her first book was released, Dawn returned to corporate American and thrived as a sought-after executive coach working with senior leaders at such companies as NBC Entertainment, DreamWorks and TimeWarner Cable. The dynamic struggles and growth she experienced with her clients further confirmed the lessons in her own awakening and inspired her new novel, The Invitation, A Weekend with Emma—The first book in the Emma Daines Series.   

Dawn currently coaches leaders, facilitates self-discovery workshops, and is the founding member of the Emma Daines Society, a community dedicated to personal development asa means for global healing.  For more information please visit her website at or contact her at [email protected]

Deanna Neil is the author of The Land of Curiosities, a young-adult historical fiction trilogy about Yellowstone National Park in the 1870s. Her books have garnered 10 awards including a Nautilus, Benjamin Franklin and Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Time Magazine for Kids named her a 2008 “Hero for the Planet.”  Deanna’s play Fracturing, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People focused on hydraulic fracturing in upstate NY, was produced Off Off Broadway, in universities, and workshopped at Jackson Hole’s Off Square Theatre Company. As a journalist, Deanna worked for the Air America Radio network, NPR, KCET and blogs for the Huffington Post. She has been a playwright-in-residence and Teaching Artist for all ages and will be teaching creative writing as an adjunct professor in Los Angeles this fall. A passionate musician, sometimes you can catch her singing along with her ukulele. Deanna graduated from Wesleyan University with honors in American Studies.

Désirée Zamorano
Playwright, Pushcart Prize-nominee, award-winning short story writer, and director of the Community Literacy Center at Occidental College, Désirée Zamorano shares her debut novel, The Amado Women. In a June 13th article for Publisher’s Weekly, Désirée stated “As part of the Latina community, I recently realized that we have a superpower: invisibility.” The Amado Women not only vanquishes this “superpower,” it does so with  grace, beauty, and a powerful story about four women, connected by birth, separated by secrets.

The Amado Women has been selected as the August 2014 Book of the Month for the Los Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, has been listed among 5 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014 by Remezcla, and has been named 1 of Eleven Moving Beach Reads That’ll Have You Weeping in Your Pina Colada by Bustle.

Friday, October 17th, 7:30pm 

The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome Erika T. Wurth as she celebrates her debut novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend. She is joined by her fellow Curbside Splendor authors Brian Costello, Dmitry Samarov, and Susan Hope Lanier.

Erika T. Wurth is Apache / Chickasaw / Cherokee and was raised on the outskirts of Denver. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and was a writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review and Drunken Boat. Her debut collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press.


Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend

Margaritte is a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse. She hates the burnout, futurelesskidssurrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend can move far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen pregnancy eats her alive.

Brian Costello is a writer, musician, and comedic performer living in Chicago, Illinois. He plays drums in the band Outer Minds, and co-hosts Shame That Tune, a monthly live game show. Losing in Gainesville is his second novel.


Losing in Gainesville

Set in mid-1990s Florida, Losing in Gainesville hilariously explores what failure means in a culture where everyone is supposed to win. Razorcake praised Brian Costello’s first novel for its language and attention to detail and Bookslut lauded its dialogue and conversational narrator. These strengths are once again on display in Losing in Gainesville. With an ensemble cast of slackers, burn-outs, musicians, and dreamers, who are all losing something—their youth, their ambitions, their careers, their children, their former identities—Costello builds a sun-bleached world of people struggling to understand what it means to succeed on their terms.

Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn’t stopped doodling since. After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993.

Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab—first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago—which eventually led to the publication of his illustrated work memoir Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab by University of Chicago Press in 2011. His second book, Where To? A Hack Memoir is forthcoming from Curbside Splendor in September, 2014.

He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffee shops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he’s really hard up).

He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He no longer drives a cab.


Where To? A Hack Memoir

Dmitry Samarov’s illustrated memoir captures encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cabdrivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments. Accompanied by dozens of Samarov’s original artworks—composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts—the stories in Where To? provide a street-level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.

Susan Hope Lanier earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College in 2012 and currently lives, writes, and photographs in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has appeared in Annalemma, Hair Trigger, Hobart Pulp, The Spoiler’s Hand and in collaboration with Yes Press Books.



The Game We Play

Ten riveting, emotionally complex stories examining the decisions we make when our choices are few and courage is costly. Topics include a young couple facing disease and commitment with the same sharp fear, a teenager stealing from his girlfriend’s mother’s purse to help pay for her abortion, and a father making a split-second decision that puts his child’s life at risk.










Wednesday, October 15th:

We’ll be closed for filming ALL DAY! Rest assured, we will re-open the next day, October 16th with normal store hours.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Tuesday, October 14th,  7:30pm:
Monkey Business is a Tokyo- and Brooklyn-based annual literary journal which showcases Japanese fiction & poetry newly translated into English. The magazine draws a large part of its materials from the Japanese quarterlies Monkey Business (2008-2011) and Monkey (2013- ), but it also publishes new works by contemporary American and British writers popular in Japan, providing a literary space where new voices from both sides of the Pacific meet. Since 2011 there have been four issues, in which short stories, poems and essays by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Powers have been featured.Three award-winning Japanese authors visit Los Angeles to discuss their writing, contemporary Japanese culture, and what it feels like to live in post-disaster Japan. They will be joined by Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, and founding editor and University of Tokyo scholar Motoyuki Shibata of Monkey Business, the only annual English-language journal focused on Japanese literature, culture and visual art. There will be readings, discussions and Q&A._______


Tomoka SHIBASAKI is known for novels and stories that capture the sensibilities of young women living in cities. Winners of the Oda Sakunosuke Prize and the Noma New Writers’ Award among others, she is also the recipient of the 2014 Akutagawa Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Japan. Her books include Asleep or Awake (2010), Viridian (2011), and In the City Where I Was Not (2012). Translations in English include “The Seaside Road” and “The Glasses Thief,” which appeared respectively in Issues 2 and 3 of Monkey Business.

Hideo FURUKAWA is one of the most active writers in Japan today: besides his prolific literary output, he gives numerous bilingual readings and frequently collaborates with artists and dancers. His novel Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? was translated by Michael Emmerich in 2012 (Haikasoru).

Hiromi ITOH is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator, and one of the most important female voices to come out in Japanese poetry of the late twentieth century. She is author of numerous books, including La Niña (1999), Supernatural Stories from Japan (2004), and Wild Grass on a Riverbank (2005). English translations include Killing Kanoko: Selected Poems by Hiromi Itoh, translated by Jeffrey Angles (Action Books, 2009). She is recipient of numerous awards, including the Hagiwara Sakutaro Award and Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award.

Motoyuki SHIBATA is a professor at the University of Tokyo and the founder of the literary magazine Monkey Business, which exists in both English and Japanese. A translator, reviewer, and essayist, he has translated into Japanese the works of contemporary American authors including Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, Steve Erickson, Steven Millhauser, Richard Powers, Stuart Dybek, Barry Yourgrau and Ethan Canin, among others. He received the 1992 Kodansha Essay Award for his book The Half-Hearted Scholar and was the winner of the 27th Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for American Narushisu (American Narcissus).

Roland KELTS is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Japanamerica (2007), and his articles, essays and stories are published in The New Yorker, Time, Zoetrope: All Story, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, Newsweek Japan, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times among others. He is also a regular contributor to CNN, The BBC, NPR and NHK. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University and contributing editor to Monkey Business.

Monkey Business‘s primary sponsors are The Nippon Foundation and The Japan Foundation. It is published in North America through partnership with A Public Space.

October 1st – 31st:

Dueling Art Show: “Through the Veil” and The Creep’s “TRASH! Rehashed”, Show Runs October 1-31.

Opening Reception Saturday, October 4, 2014 7-10 PM

The Spring Arts Collective is thrilled to bring you a brand new dueling art show, “Through the Veil” and The Creep’s, “Trash! Rehashed”.

“Through the Veil” is a group show in celebration of October, of all Hallowsthat time of year fabled to be when the space between veils of this world and the others that bump up against it, is at its thinnest.
Featuring the imaginative photographic works of Todd Stern, Lori Pond, Lindsey Vandewege, Tami Bahat, Gina Valona, and a Dia de los Muertos Altar installation by Liz Huston.



Vigilante lowbrow artist, The Creep, indulges our senses with his campy, pop culture centered paintings in “TRASH! Rehashed”.
“TRASH! Rehased” is a revisiting of The Creep’s solo show, “TRASH!”, and includes new, never before exhibited works!

Join us for the opening reception with art, music and refreshments on October 4th!

The Spring Arts Collective is located at 453 S Spring Street, in Downtown Los Angeles – on the mezzanine of The Last Bookstore.


FB Event:

Thursday, October 2nd,  7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is thrilled to host LA-based musician and restaurateur Theresa Wahl as she discusses and signs her new book, Auntie Em’s Cookbook.

Theresa Wahl, chef-owner of retro L.A. hotspot Auntie Em’s Kitchen, showcases her simple and beloved recipes for breakfast, brunch, and dessert in a cookbook that celebrates seasonal and local flavors. Drawing inspiration from her past as a punk guitarist, Wahl pairs her recipes with a playlist, sharing her belief that food tastes better when there’s music in the kitchen.
Theresa Wahl got her start as a punk musician in the ’90s, before trading her guitar in for a skillet and becoming one of L.A.’s most popular caterers and the owner of Auntie Em’s Kitchen. Wahl has appeared on Sugar High hosted by Duff Goldman, Throwdown with Bobby FlayCupcake Wars, and most recently Chopped with Ted Allen, and everyone from Daily Candy to USA Today has praised her comforting food and irresistible baked goods. Visit for more information.




Sunday, September 28th, 7pm:

The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome Kate Gale, with her new collection of poetry, Echo Light. She is joined by Red Hen authors Brendan Constantine & Nicelle Davis.

Kate Gale is the Managing Editor of Red Hen Press and Editor of The Los Angeles Review. She teaches in Low Residency MFA programs around the country and serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation and Poetry Society of America. Kate is the author six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which premiered in October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her latest poetry collections are The Goldilocks Zone and Echo Light. She is also the editor of several anthologies and blogs for Huffington Post.

Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Hollywood. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ArtLife, PANK, and L.A. Times Best Seller, The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His first book, Letters To Guns (Red Hen Press 2009), is now required reading in creative writing programs across the nation. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (WriteBloody Publishing 2011) and Calamity Joe (Red Hen Press 2012). He has had work commissioned by the Getty Museum and he has received grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly offers classes in hospitals, prisons, shelters, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.


Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Her third collection, In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, Two Review, and others. You can read her e-chapbooks at Gold Wake Press and Whale Sound. She is the director of the Living Poetry Project. She runs a free online poetry workshop at The Bees’ Knees Blog and is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press and The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, and with Volunteers ofAmerica in their Homeless Youth Center. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College.

Friday, September 19th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is thrilled to host Francesca Lia Block as she celebrates the release of her newest novel for adults, Beyond the Pale Motel. Joining her will be filmmaker Elgin James, as they discuss their work.

About Beyond the Pale Motel: Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they’ve always wanted.

But when Catt’s husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt’s world begins to come crashing down. The murdered victims all seem to bear a chilling resemblance to Bree. Catt suspects that Bree is the next target of the Hollywood Serial Killeris she losing touch with reality or simply coming to terms with the truth?

In Beyond the Pale Motel, a terrifying and intensely erotic novel, Francesca Lia Block explores the dangers of modern living, loving and dying with lyrical edge and sensational attitude.“Beyond the Pale Motel is sadder, darker, grimmer [than anything Francesca Lia Block has written], yet still glinting in spots with ethereal light and her trademark belief in the saving power of love.”~ Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control and L.A. Noir

About Francesca Lia Block: Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. Her work has been translated into Italian, French, German Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese. Francesca has also published stories, poems, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Review of Books, Spin, Nylon, Black Clock and Rattle among others. In addition to writing, she teaches fiction workshops at UCLA Extension, Antioch University, Marilyn’s Writing Pad and privately in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives.

About Elgin James: Elgin James is a Los Angeles-based musician and filmmaker. His films include Little Birds (2012) and Goodnight Moon (2007). He is a former Sundance Screenwriting Institute Fellow, and was named by Variety as a “Director to Watch.”

 Photo by Bryan Sheffield