January 21, 2007
Re "No one wants this L.A. classic to end," Jan. 17 I am dismayed to read about the possible closing of Dutton's Brentwood Books. It is the only bookstore I can walk into and simply say, "I need something to read," and someone will help me find just the right thing. It is the only bookstore where I can order a book and receive a phone call within three days telling me it is in and will be held for me for two weeks. Charles T. Munger, a multimillionaire and partner of Warren E. Buffet, surely does not need to wipe out this important neighborhood literary gathering place and symbol of community.
May 13, 2008
You could write an anthology of sad stories about iconic bookstores across Southern California. Problem is, they'd all have similar plots: Individuals who struggle to nurture a vision of what bookstores can mean, not just to readers but to communities. Debts that grow instead of sales. Landlords with ambitious new plans. Over the last few months, three extraordinary shops have either closed or are in dire danger. Less than a year ago, this page was celebrating the survival of Dutton’s Brentwood Books after the property owner reconsidered his plans for new development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
After years of wrestling with Brentwood activists, billionaire investor Charles T. Munger has pulled the plug on plans to redevelop the San Vicente Boulevard site that was the longtime location of Dutton's bookstore. Brentwood Community Council Chairwoman Nancy Freedman said Munger's insistence on razing the landmarked structure, known as the Barry Building, to install extensive underground parking and a new retail center raised activists' ire. “We encouraged him to incorporate the landmark,” she said.