Building a Community of Readers, One Book at a Time.

Bel Canto Books is a Long Beach-based bookstore startup, hosting monthly pop-up events throughout Long Beach and our neighboring communities. 

Our signature “Friends with Books” book club brings together curious readers with just the right book, hand-picked for them. 

We celebrate diversity and inclusion, offering a curated selection of compelling fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. 

Interested in bringing Bel Canto Books to your neighborhood? Email us at belcantobooks@gmail.com

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nanowrimo 2019

Kickoff Meeting at the hangout

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Saturday 10.26.19 

11AM to 12PM

at The Hangout

2122 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

Join Bel Canto Books as we gear up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with a Kickoff Meeting at The Hangout. 

Hear from past NaNoWriMo participants, share your writing goals and stock up on writing tools to help keep you motivated and on track. 

Here's to telling your story!



Bel Canto Books popup bookstore at DTLB Farmer's Market at TheStreetsLB in Long Beach

Bel Canto Books in Long Beach 


10.10.19 Thursday

Bullet Journaling Workshop


6PM to 8PM at Craft + Light Art Studio

5614 E. 2nd Street (near Campo Dr), Long Beach CA

10.12.19 Saturday

Pop-Up Bookstore at Steel Cup Cafe

9AM to 3PM

2201 N. Lakewood Blvd. Ste E, Long Beach CA

Plenty of free parking!

10.27.19 Sunday


3:00PM to 5:00PM at District Wine

144 Linden Avenue (at Broadway), Long Beach CA

$35pp includes a handpicked book,

wine toast, and nosh plate goodness!

11.01.19 Friday

Pop-Up Bookstore at DTLB Farmers' Market

10AM to 2PM 

3rd Street & Promenade, Long Beach CA

Plenty of free 2 hour parking!


Bel Canto Books book club at Monks Addiction in Huntington Beach CA


Join our monthly bookclub gatherings! 

  • Sunday 11.17.19
  • Sunday 12.15.19


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to stay up to date on our latest pop-up bookstore events. 

more literary events around town

Upcoming 2019 Literary Events

Join Bel Canto Books as we take in some of the great literary events available to us in Long Beach, LA and the surrounding areas!  

Thu 10/17 – 

Fiction: Zadie Smith @ First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (via Booksoup)

Tue 10/22 – 

Poetry: Hanif Abdurraqib @ Skylight Books

Wed 10/30 – 

Fiction: Elizabeth Strout & Lisa See @ Hermosa Beach Community Center (via pages: a bookstore)

Tue 11/05 – 

Fiction: Ann Patchett @ All Saints Church, Pasadena (via Vroman’s)


audiobooks that make a difference

top 25 bestselling audiobooks of 2018 from Libro.fm

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They're the same audiobooks. Same price. But a different story. 

Libro.fm is the first audiobook company to make it possible for you to buy audiobooks directly through Bel Canto Books. By choosing to buy from Libro.fm, you're helping to support our indie bookstore and investing in our local community. 

Switch to Libro.fm today and get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1. That's 3 audiobooks for $14.99.  

A Few of our Favorite Audiobooks

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay 

A wonderful collection of mini essays by poet Ross Gay on finding delight in our often scary and confusing world. Perfect for new moms or anyone looking for a little daily joy and inspiration. 

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

One of the best memoirs we've listened to! Union is whip-smart and unflinchingly honest about the ups and downs of her middle class upbringing and celebrity success story. 

Calypso by David Sedaris

Filled with irreverent humor, hilarious family and travel stories and a poignant reckoning with the trials and triumphs of growing older, this is Sedaris at his best!

our mission

Joy. Creativity. Curiosity.


It all starts with a story…how a great book captivates and enlivens us, how the fairytales our parents tell us spark our sense of wonder and love of creativity, how we first learn to explore and dream and fly in the pages of our favorite books. 

Spreading the Love of Reading

Bel Canto Books bookclub literary event

Our mission at Bel Canto Books is to foster joy, creativity and curiosity, one book, one connection at a time. Our events program focuses on community engagement and collaboration to provide an outlet for learning and inspiration. 

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