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February 6, 1995 | ERIN AUBRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Tuesday night, but Michael Eric Dyson is holding forth as if it were Sunday morning. The author, professor and minister strikes the podium at Eso Won Bookstore like a pulpit to emphasize points extracted from "Making Malcolm," his new book on the cultural impact of Malcolm X.
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December 29, 2009 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Step through the glass doors of Eso Won Bookstore, the landmark but struggling Leimert Park shop specializing in African American titles, and you'll see shelves stacked with civil rights classics by Martin Luther King Jr., poetry by Maya Angelou and important fiction including James Baldwin's "Another Country." Their ranks will be thinned substantially when co-owner James Fugate switches to more bargain-priced books when restocking his shelves next year in a bid to boost sales. Too much money is tied up in the slow-moving back-list tomes, which sell for $15 or more, he said.
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BUSINESS
December 29, 2009 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Step through the glass doors of Eso Won Bookstore, the landmark but struggling Leimert Park shop specializing in African American titles, and you'll see shelves stacked with civil rights classics by Martin Luther King Jr., poetry by Maya Angelou and important fiction including James Baldwin's "Another Country." Their ranks will be thinned substantially when co-owner James Fugate switches to more bargain-priced books when restocking his shelves next year in a bid to boost sales. Too much money is tied up in the slow-moving back-list tomes, which sell for $15 or more, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2008 | Elina Shatkin
Jobs ARE scarce. Water is even scarcer. Pollution, racial tensions and general poverty have transformed Los Angeles into a dystopian wasteland dotted by pockets of privilege. Sounds like a page right out of 2008, except for the fact that it was written back in 1993, as the setup for Octavia E. Butler's science fiction novel "Parable of the Sower," set in 2025. Writing at a time when there were few women writers and even fewer African American women in the sci-fi genre, the pathologically shy Butler produced a dozen novels and a handful of eerily prescient short stories before she died in 2006 at age 58. On Saturday, the second annual Leimert Park Book Fair will honor Butler, a Pasadena native, with a posthumous tribute.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2008 | Elina Shatkin
Jobs ARE scarce. Water is even scarcer. Pollution, racial tensions and general poverty have transformed Los Angeles into a dystopian wasteland dotted by pockets of privilege. Sounds like a page right out of 2008, except for the fact that it was written back in 1993, as the setup for Octavia E. Butler's science fiction novel "Parable of the Sower," set in 2025. Writing at a time when there were few women writers and even fewer African American women in the sci-fi genre, the pathologically shy Butler produced a dozen novels and a handful of eerily prescient short stories before she died in 2006 at age 58. On Saturday, the second annual Leimert Park Book Fair will honor Butler, a Pasadena native, with a posthumous tribute.
OPINION
October 11, 2007
Re "L.A. black-focus bookshop may close," Oct. 5 Independent booksellers are a critical component in any society wishing to nourish the freedoms enshrined in the 1st Amendment. Without bookshops like Eso Won, the national chains will have a monopoly on what is sold, and, ultimately, they will be able to dictate what is published and read. On a personal note, I will always owe co-owners James Fugate and Thomas Hamilton a debt of gratitude.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
With paint brushes, work gloves and comfy shoes, they came straight to the heart of Leimert Park. More than 1,000 volunteers, some as young as 10, joined forces Saturday to give the historically black neighborhood in South Los Angeles a colorful face-lift. They fanned out across several blocks to paint light posts, plant a vegetable garden, erect street signs and banners, create a community mural and make African drums to launch a youth music program. The day of service was organized by L.A. Works, a volunteer center celebrating 20 years of giving back throughout Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2004 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
What a difference a few minutes on the world stage can make. Witness the mercurial rise of Barack Obama, who before the Democratic National Convention was a little-known state senator from Illinois trying to win a U.S. Senate seat. Now he is a certified star, and it hasn't done bad things for his long-out-of-print book either. Nine years ago, Obama's memoir, "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," was published to good reviews and lackluster sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2006 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Bebe Moore Campbell, a best-selling author who wrote with compassion and candor about social issues from the African American perspective, died Monday. She was 56. Campbell died at her home in Los Angeles of complications from brain cancer, her publicist Linda Wharton Boyd said. In her novels, she took up such topics as racism and the problems of mental illness.
NEWS
October 14, 1990 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sharply worded letter to the head of the city's Cultural Affairs Department, City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky criticized the sale of two anti-Semitic books by a vendor at last month's city-sponsored African Marketplace. Yaroslavsky's two-page letter asked Adolfo Nodal, cultural affairs general manager, to come up with ways to prevent or discourage the future sale of such offensive materials at publicly funded events.
NEWS
February 6, 1995 | ERIN AUBRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Tuesday night, but Michael Eric Dyson is holding forth as if it were Sunday morning. The author, professor and minister strikes the podium at Eso Won Bookstore like a pulpit to emphasize points extracted from "Making Malcolm," his new book on the cultural impact of Malcolm X.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2007 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
When President Bill Clinton flew into town in 2004 and needed a spot to sit for a few hours and sign a few hundred books, he chose Eso Won bookstore. Sen. Barack Obama and singer Patti Labelle have signed their books in the same store. Eso Won has grown famous by hosting book-signings by nationally recognized figures and entertainers seeking to pitch memoirs, but it hasn't grown prosperous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2004 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
A conservative, most likely, could not have endured it. At least 2,000 cheering, swooning, chanting Bill Clinton fans flocked to Eso Won bookstore in Los Angeles on Saturday morning to tell him, about 12 times per minute, that they loved him. They did not care about Monica. They did not care whether he inhaled. Inside the independent bookstore dedicated to African American literature, most told Clinton they were honored to meet him; some said they had waited all their lives for this.
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