Hundreds turn out for Goodreads/Book Soup book swap

Posted by Otis Chandler on August 18, 2009
What could beat free books and yummy Kogi tacos on a beautiful Saturday? The answer for the (estimated) over 200 people who came to Book Soup bookstore in West Hollywood this weekend: nothing.

This was our third co-hosted bookswap, all of which have been in Southern California, and each one of which has been a special and fun event. Our first one was co-hosted by Equator Books in Venice Beach, and the second was with Young Literati Foundation of the LA Public Libraries at the Mar Vista Library.

The goal the swap's is simple: encourage people to get rid of the apparently boxes of books they have accumulating in their houses, pick up some new books, socialize a bit and enjoy a beautiful day. In each case the excess books have been donated to the local library.

We think the swaps have been so successful that we'd love to branch out beyond Southern California (where we're based). So if you're an indie bookstore or library and would like to host one, please contact us. We've found that a good swap has the following elements: lots of tables for people to lay out books, having a famous author signing or two combined with it, and of course having free or cheap food and drinks. If you can get the Kogi Taco truck even better!


Pictures are worth a thousand words, so here are some photos of the event. Much thanks to Carolyn Kellogg and the LA Times for covering the event!

















* Most photos by Carolyn Kellogg

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Looks like great fun!


message 2: by Karol (last edited Aug 18, 2009 11:43PM) (new)

Karol Wow, wish I was there :)


message 3: by Deborah (new)

Deborah What fun! Wish I was there too.


message 4: by Tressa (new)

Tressa Aw, what fun. Wish we'd have one here.


message 5: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Could we have one of these in NoCal? Please?


message 6: by Otis (new)

Otis Chandler Shannon: we're considering asking City Lights for something in the fall - stay tuned..


message 7: by rivka, Goodreads employee (new)

rivka Repeat after me: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

(Please? Puppy Eyes)


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