Bel Canto Books

Visit our new shop space inside The Hangout!


A New Bookshop Space in the Heart of Long Beach's Retro Row!

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


All Events at The Hangout, unless otherwise noted.

Sign-Making for 2020 Women's March 01.12.20 at 3PM

Women's March 2020

Save the Date for the Women's March

on Saturday, January 18th!

Stop by the bookshop on Sunday, January 12th 

at 3PM to make signs with us 

or show off your own design!


DTLB Farmer's Market Pop-Up 01.17.20 from 10am to 2pm

Harbor Area Farmers Markets logo

Visit us at the DTLB Farmer's Market and pick up the freshest crop of locally grown veggies and flowers, locally made snacks and our featured seasonal book picks! 

**Offsite event at Promenade Ave 

in Long Beach, between 3rd and 4th St. **

Free 2-hour parking! 

January 'Friends with Books' Bookclub 01.19.20 at 3PM

Bookclub meeting at Bel Canto Books at The Hangout in Long Beach, Calif

Register now to save your spot 

for the hottest #booknerd event in town!

$35pp includes a handpicked book, light refreshments & all the bookish fun you can handle!

Author Isabel Quintero, My Papi Has a Motorcycle 01.19.20 at 1PM

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Join us for a special Picture Book Storytime 

with author Isabel Quintero! 

Quintero is an award-winning writer from the Inland Empire of Southern California. She will be reading from and signing her new children's book, My Papi Has a Motorcycle. 

Discover The Artist's Way Kickoff Meeting 01.26.20 at 3PM

Discover The Artist's Way Reading Group logo

Always wanted to read TAW but found it too daunting on your own? 

Join our reading & support group as we reconnect with our inner artist & explore ways to make time for creativity in our busy lives.

Author Dr. Ebony Utley, He Cheated, She Cheated, We Cheated 01.31.20 at 6PM


Join us for a Reading & Book Signing 

with Dr. Ebony Utley, CSULB Professor 

and Author of He Cheated, 

She Cheated, We Cheated. 

Drawing on interviews with U.S. women of various backgrounds, this insightful study examines their personal experiences of being cheated on, cheating, being the Other Woman, or some combination of the three.

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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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