Alias Books in West L.A., Which Opened in 1959, is Closing

by Agatha French

From: L.A. Times


One of Los Angeles’ oldest used bookstores, Alias Books, will close March 14 after 58 years in business.

Owner Brian Paeper took over from original owner Ken Hyre in 2002. The two struck up a friendship when Paeper, who was considering leaving Los Angeles, went to Alias to sell his own books. He ended up staying in Los Angeles — and at Alias, where he apprenticed in the new and antiquarian book trade before taking over the store — for good.

“I knew it was coming,” said Paeper, in a soft-spoken, Dutch-accented voice. “The plans had been approved. I don’t think there was any objection on the part of City Council.”

Alias’ moving sale began Monday: Books are 40% off across the board and any remainders will be donated to the Inglewood library. Paeper also plans on having a closing party (“it’s going to be more like a wake”) as a way to a thank  his loyal customers, some of whom have been visiting the store since childhood.

In addition to buying from post-grads and empty-nesters and anyone else unloading a few boxes of books, Alias acquired its stock by purchasing private collections and libraries. Some of those hauls have been epic: Paeper once got his hands on a portion of the personal stash of an L.A. City College librarian, John B. Nomland, who “had a huge library, maybe 150,000 books.” Read Rest of Article Here


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