Bel Canto Books

Visit our new shop space inside The Hangout!


A New Bookshop Space, Just in Time for the Holidays!

We are beyond excited to announce our new bookshop space inside The Hangout, the popular 4th Street shop collective, at 2122 E 4th Street, Long Beach. 

Open Tuesday - Sunday from 11AM to 7PM, Bel Canto Books at The Hangout will offer a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children's books, along with event space for author talks, book readings, book club meetings, workshops and so much more! 

Visit our events section, sign up for our newsletter  or follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date with our upcoming in-store and pop-up events. 

Looking forward to seeing you at The Hangout or popping in around town! 

XXOO Jhoanna, Avowed Booknerd & Owner/Manager


Saturday 12/7 at 4:30PM


Book Launch & Signing

with Journalist Lewis Raven Wallace   

Transgender activist and journalist Lewis Raven Wallace will read from and sign copies of his new book The View From Somewhere, which questions the concept of journalistic objectivity and how it has been used historically to silence marginalized writers. He will be joined in conversation by Sam Greenspan, creator and host of Bellwether, a podcast of speculative journalism. 

Sundays at 1PM


Picture Book Storytime

12/8, 12/15 & 12/18 

Follow us on Instagram to see featured book!

Friday 12/13 at 6PM


Poets Out Loud

with Douglas Manuel & Michelle Brittan Rosado

Award-winning poets Manuel & Rosado will read from and sign copies of their books, Testify and Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which wrestle with the complexities of racial inheritance, family dynamics and the writer’s place in the world. 

The poets will also discuss what it means to be a working writer, navigating the post-graduate world of publication, awards and employment options.  

Saturday 12/14 9AM to 3PM


2nd Saturday Market

at Steel Cup Cafe

(2201 N Lakewood, Long Beach)

Thursday 12/19 - Monday 12/23


Extended Shop Hours 

from 11AM to 9PM

Pick up last-minute gifts at The Hangout!

Tuesday 12/24 & Wednesday 12/25


Tuesday, 12/24:

Store Closing at 4PM

Wednesday, 12/25:


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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. 

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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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