Writer’s Digest is excited for a rare trip west next month—to the WD Novel Writing Conference in Los Angeles. And while the city may be known primarily for the sun and the silver screen, its literary roots run deep.
Take a quick virtual tour of some of the City of Angels’ most noted literary landmarks with us—and then start daydreaming about your literary getaway next month!
Los Angeles Central Library | This architectural gem is an oasis in downtown L.A. and boasts a circulation topping 6 million items.
The Last Bookstore | Nicknamed “the Labyrinth,” the selection at this new and used indie will make you swoon.
Barnes & Noble at The Grove | OK, you can hit up a B&N almost anywhere, but this location (adjacent to the storied Farmer’s Market) is almost always good for a celeb spotting or two (even if just at one of the countless book signings the store hosts)
Hollywood Boulevard | If you’ve ever read hardboiled—from Chandler to Ellroy—you’ve read stories set on this street, at once gritty and glam.
Angels Flight | This Bunker Hill landmark has shown up in Chandler, as well as a more recent bestseller by Michael Connelly
Get in the vibe by boning up on some Cali required reading ahead of time. Here, authors pick their most essential L.A. books.
Oh, and if you want to see yourself in scenes from some of your favorite books, you’ll love playing around with this interactive Los Angeles Times map of literary L.A.