La Jolla is known for its beaches, great restaurants, and variety of shopping options. In fact, it’s these features that draw most visitors to our community and make it one of San Diego’s most popular places.
However, in addition to seals and sand, we also offer a wide range of cultural activities. These include performing arts, concerts, art exhibits, literature, and family activities.
We are also home to a beloved indie bookstore: Warwick’s on Girard Avenue.
Warwick’s, La Jolla, is the oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the U. S. It was founded in 1896, and fourth-generation owner Nancy Warwick hosts an active schedule of author talks and book signings.
Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Salman Rushdie, and Sonia Sotomayor are just a sampling of the notable authors who have appeared. Having said that, the writer I enjoyed the most was Geraldine Brooks, who was there to read from and discuss Caleb’s Crossing. I became a big Geraldine Brooks fan after reading People of the Book. She’s married to Tony Horowitz (whose books I also really enjoy), and I think he’s also appeared at Warwick’s.
If you love books and reading, peruse Warwick’s calendar of events. If I didn’t already live here, I would schedule a visit to La Jolla, on April 23, 2013, when Anna Quindlen will be speaking at Warwick’s.
Insider tip: the response to the Anna Quindlen event is remarkable, considering that it’s still more than a month away. If you want to be sure of getting a seat, call the store and order a copy of the paperback edition of Lots of Candles Plenty of Cake ($16.20 including tax) and ask them for a reserved seat ticket.
Another Insider tip: Warwick’s has a few parking spots reserved for customers in the alley behind the store. They can be a life saver when all you need to do is dash in and pick up one of their beautiful greeting cards.