Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bart's Books, Ojai, California

Did everybody have a good weekend?  Ours was gorgeous here in L.A. and perfectly peaceful.  Aside from the 4,000 acre fire that we can see Southeast of town, in the Angeles National Forest.  It is fire season in California.  This is a "normal" part of life here.  Over the weekend, I saw a truck fire at close proximity that had spread to a hillside.  It's scary.  I don't know if I would still want to live in Los Angeles if I had to experience one of the big fires close up, or felt my home and family threatened by one.  Ditto for earthquakes.  Although we have had a constant succession of small ones in the area all summer.  Anyway, I will let you know if it ever happens!  I will be sure to announce to everybody that "I AM OUTTA HERE!"

But on a much more encouraging and tranquil note, here is a post about the kind of place that you can only really find in Southern California and it might be, you've been looking for one of these your whole life.

You just haven't actually known it until now:  It's an outdoor bookstore!  What do you think?

Bart's Books lure you in with 50 cent hardcovers.

An endless choice of comfortable seating is provided.  It goes without saying the climate will be perfectly perfect.

There are fixings for tea and coffee.

Quiet corners.

Casual company.  And.......

The requisite CATS.   Of COURSE!  The prices are right.  I got a stack of gardening books and a fat Vikram Seth novel all for twenty dollars.  (All gently "pre-owned".)  I was very pleased.

Southern California is not looking sooooo scary now, is it?  Hope all of you are safe and having a good week so far.


  1. a perfect place! warm greetings from Paris!

  2. Feu et tremblement de terre c'est un peu stressant tout cela... et rien de mieux qu'un bon livre, une tasse de thé et le ronron d'un chat pour se changer les idées.. et Je rêve de connaitre un tel endroit..!

  3. An outdoor bookshop! With cats! Sounds perfect ^-^
    The wildfires and earthquakes not so much - hope you're keeping safe and that they'll be able to get the fires under control soon.

  4. hoping the bookshop will hold forever, or at least until i can travel west...
    what a total luxury!!! i'd NEVER get out of that one again...

  5. J'adore ce lieu ! Les livres dehors, des fauteuils, du thé,... parfait, non ?

  6. What a wonderful place to linger in. :-) I love this so much. :-)