Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 4, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.
“Please use the hand sanitizer as you come in,” James Fugate said as he welcomed yet another customer into his small Leimert Park bookstore, motioning toward the folding table in the corner.
Eso Won Books is a black-owned bookstore that caters to black readers, located in a neighborhood that’s often referred to as the cultural heart of black L.A. It has seen “a tremendous spike” in business this week, as a flood of Angelenos from all corners of the city and beyond have sought out books to help them better understand the deep societal fissures that have seemingly cracked wide open in recent days.
Featured Image, Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times
Full article @ Los Angeles Times