1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA
[213] 413-3733
OPEN @ 8:30 am Monday - Friday • 10 am Sat -Sun
CLOSE@ 9:00 pm Mon - Thurs • 10 pm Fri - Sat • 8 pm Sun


Events – All Events on the back patio


Tues April 22nd; 6:30pm

presents a night of poetry w/








TERA VALE RAGAN is the author of Reading the Ground (The Word Works 2014) and
the recipient of the 2008 Virginia Middleton Award and the Mark Linenthal Award for poetry. Her poems have appeared in journals including Rattle, Transfer, Eclipse, Hot Metal Bridge, Barely South Review, 16th & Mission Review, Ekleksographia. etc.

CECILIA WOLOCH is the author of five acclaimed collections of poems, in addition to essays, reviews, flash fiction, autobiographical prose/memoir and a novella. Her work has been translated and published in Germany, France, Poland and Ukraine.

JAMES RAGAN is an internationally recognized poet who has authored 8 books of poetry including Too Long a Solitude and The World Shouldering I. Translated into 12 languages, he has read for six heads of state and in 1985, was one of 3 American poets
including Bob Dylan and Robert Bly, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow.  He is currently the subject of a documentary, “Flowers and Roots,” based on his life in the arts (Arinafilms, 2014).


Thurs April 24th; 7:30pm

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Fri April 25th; 8pm

Music on the patio

Jonny Polonsky


Signed to American Recordings in 1996 by Rick Rubin off of a demo produced by the Pixies’ Frank Black, Jonny Polonsky emerged on the international music scene with his 24 minute power pop masterpiece, Hi My Name is Jonny. 

 In the interim he has worked as a side musician with everyone from Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond to the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan.

 ”He’s brought it into his own thing. He does it with soul.” – Jeff Buckley

“The guy was born to be a rock star and he makes the music to back it up.” – Black Francis of The Pixies



Sat April 26th; 7:30pm

another edition of

BUSted! True Stories about LA public Transportation

this month:

   Adriane Hoff – Adriane ditched her car for the bus and started a blog about not driving in LA.

   Daniel Chacon – Award winning novelist, which means he rides the bus.

  Josh Di Donato- Storyteller, comedian and native Los Angelino. His ridership predates the Tap Card.

  David Zasloff – This musician, comedian storyteller rode the bus during his first year in Los Angeles. Some things you can never forget.

Hosted by Scott Schultz!

Los Angeles is world renowned as a horrible place to drive, with the most congested highways in America, but did you know that there are a select few adult Los Angelenos who DON’T DRIVE??

BUSted!, features true stories about getting around Los Angeles, told by people who don’t drive. You’ll hear tales of freaks, creeps and rock and roll stars riding the busses and trains of Los Angeles. These true stories told by comedians, musicians, writers and other public transit miscreants, will make you laugh and/or freak you out.









Tues April 29th; 7:30pm





LA Black Cloud Book Wild Time Party People

Featuring readings by Ben Loory, Extie Ecks, Karolina Waclawiak DeRosa, Mira Gonzalez, & Juliet Escoria.

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011) and an upcoming picture book about a walrus. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

xTx is the author of Normally Special (Tiny Hardcore, 2011) and Billie the Bull (Mud Luscious, 2012). She likes the band ELO a lot and if you don’t like them she will bite off your toes.

Mira Gonzalez [b. 1992] is a writer from Los Angeles. She is the author of I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough To Make Us Beautiful Together (Sorry House, 2013), and has been smoking more weed lately than she used to.

Karolina Waclawiak is the author of How to Get Into the Twin Palms, a New York Times Editor’s Pick, as well as the essays editor of The Believer. She lives in Los Angeles.

Juliet Escoria was born in Australia but she is from San Diego. She is the author of Black Cloud, a collection of stories, videos, and pictures, which will be published by Civil Coping Mechanisms on April 23. There are crumbs on her bed sheets.


Fri May 2nd; 7:30pm











Sat May 3rd; 8pm

Two-Headed Beast

a Story telling show

hosted by Jake Weisman & Dave Ross


Café Menu

Coming Soon ….

About Us

Stories Books and Cafe

     Stories Books and Cafe is Echo Park’s stalwart supplier of written works and organic/fair trade coffee and espresso. We carry both new and used books all  chosen for their unique worth.

The cafe offers baked goods from the award winning “BitterSweet Treats” and “The Village Bakery”. We have the delectable Laura Ann’s Jams,  and a variety of grab & go sandwiches.  Our espresso is hand roasted in Silver Lake by the beloved Cafecito Organico.

We sell new, used and rare books. Fiction, History, LA Arcana, Art, Photography, Philosophy and more.

We also buy and trade.

Any questions can be answered by calling 213 413 3733

for event booking info: Liz@storiesla.com & Alex@storiesla.com


From Martha Stewart Magazine (weird, I know)

“Stories Books & Cafe has it all: a terrific selection of new and used books, a cafe that features delicious and locally sourced baked goods and organic coffee, and a busy schedule of readings and events.”

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The café hums and buzzes throughout the day with espresso drinks and coffee provided by Cafecito Oragnico – a local roaster who also have their own cafes located in Silver Lake.  The coffee beans come from South and Central America and create a drink that is rich and warm and full body. It’s a great way to start the day or take a break in the afternoon.

We are proud to be a retailer for Laura’s Ann artisanal jams (who knew bay leaf and strawberries made sense?) and Farmer Dave’s hot nuts ( spicy almonds with a kick) We serve breakfast in the morning and have mac n’ cheese, vegetarian chili and baked goods served all day.

The grab’ n go sandwiches and salads come from Delilah’s Bakery, those wildly delicious whoopee pies are crafted from Bittersweet Treats and the melt-in-your-mouth-brownies are from the Village Café in Atwater.

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We like to get people together and see what happens. Stories hosts monthly storytelling and reading events, sometimes poetry and parties with Los Angeles literary journal SLAKE and or our neighbor, 826LA – the youth creative writing center started by Dave Eggers. A few authors that have read for us are: Jerry Stahl, Lydia Lunch, Ralph Herzog, Joseph Mattson, Richard Lange, Patrick Dewitt, Kristen Hersh and John Tottenham. Stories is a music-centric bookstore and local bands have played as well: Henry Clay People, Amanda Jo Williams, Frank Fairfield, Triple Chicken Foot, Tommy Santee Klaws. What we think works best is stuff that’s acoustic/country/folkie/old-timey. Some Friday nights there’s a group of knitters and on late Saturday afternoons there sometimes chess games. Our events take place on the patio surrounded by potted plants, stray cats and strings of Christmas lights. If you are interested in doing a reading or putting on an event here please contact liz@storiesla.com


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The Store

Stories Books & Café opened in November 2008 by co-owners Claudia Colodro and Elizabeth Garo. As the world economy shifted and slid, we were  told how “brave” we were to open a business. Really, we were just too stubborn to do otherwise.

Stories embraced Echo Park and felt a kindred spirit with the neighborhood: both a mix of old, new, creative, resourceful, tenacious and always evolving. The front counter and some shelves came from Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, the table tops on the patio are made from the original store sign, Claudia found the wall paper at a garage sale, Liz’s dad did most of the paintings and the enchanting mural outside was there when they moved in. Stories Books & Café opened with humble goals: to be part of the community, to provide an inspired collection of books, to serve a good cup of coffee and to create a place where a person wanted to be.


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We have gift items for those with creative taste and those who like their basics with a twist. Reading Is Sexy coffee mugs, over sized matchboxes, a hand & heart bottle opener, birds’ nests and pretty blue eggs, perfumed candles and Echo Park t-shirts.

We have cards for all occasions and journals for your scribbled thoughts, work-in-progress poetry or just if you need a place to keep all your “things to do.”

We carry Geronimo Postcards with real images of Los Angeles: coyotes, a car cruising at sunset, eastside landmarks and commercial folk-art.
And yes we are happy to gift wrap – butcher paper with a pretty fabric bow.

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Used Books: Buy-Sell-Trade

We like words – the way they’re put together and the way they fall apart. We like to turn a page and feel the weight of a book in our hands. The old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true as we find our books in thrift stores, garage sales, from an Aunt cleaning out a closet or a friend about to move.

We take in used books and will give you cash or store credit;  best to bring them by after  2pm.

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We like words – the way they’re put together and the way they fall apart. We like to turn a page and feel the weight of a book in our hands. The old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true as we find our books in thrift stores, garage sales, from an Aunt cleaning out a closet or a friend about to move. We take in used books and will give you cash or store credit;  best to bring them by after  2pm. We carry new books too but instead of just grabbing national best sellers, our selection is handpicked and curated.  You’re going to find new authors on small presses, classic literature, thought challenging philosophy, cookbooks, history, crime, LA noir, and lots of classic titles from John Fante, Bukowski, Carver, Murakami, Jane Austen and other greatest hits. There will be weird art books, rock star bios and lots of colorful playful kids books. We’ve recently launched our own eBay store http://myworld.ebay.com/storiesla with hard-to-find-treasures and collectibles.

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    Used Books: Buy-Sell-Trade

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Stories Ebay Books


You can purchase more books online through our  Stories Ebay Store.

Lots of hard to find titles available




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Hours, Location & Contact

(213) 413-3733

Booking Info



Open at 8:30 am Monday – Friday, 10am Sat – Sun
(Before 10am, please enter through the back alley)


Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 9 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 10 pm
Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday 10 am – 8 pm


Stories Books and Cafe, Echo Park
1716 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3225
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(213) 413-3733