Warwick’s Books, La Jolla

February 12, 2010 | By | Reply More

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.

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Elizabeth Hansen

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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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