ESO WON BOOKS
(Photo via Steven H. on Yelp)
Eso Won bookstore is an independent bookstore found in Leimert Park Village. It is Los Angeles’ only black-owned independent bookstore, and has stood the test of time, having been in operation for 28 years.Eso Won has played host to President Clinton and President Obama, and is the go-to purveyor of African American literature. The store hosts many readings and book signings.
The store is owned by James Fugate and Tom Hamiltion. Eso Won has faced the risk of closing in the past. The last move was into Leimert Park Village in 2006. With raising rents in LPV, Eso Won has one again been faced with the possibility of closing shop. However, recently Fugate and Hamilton received financial backing from Los Angeles based artist Mark Bradford. This has solidified the security of the store in the community, representing a place to celebrate and partake in the sharing and preservation of African American history and culture.
As found on the Eso Won bookstore website, “Eso Won (African for Water over Rocks) is a living proverb as it provides fluid, safe, stirring opportunities that flow to a reservoir of knowledge for all people to experience.”
If you have the chance, take advantage of this gem! Show Eso Won books some love, and support Leimert Park Village!