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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 up around town! 

XXOO Jhoanna, Avowed Booknerd & Owner/Manager


All Events at The Hangout, unless otherwise noted.

YA/Historical Fiction Event with Julie Berry + Sherri L. Smith - Saturday 2/29 at 3PM

Julie Berry & Sherri L. Smith author event

Two award-winning novelists, one special event for young adult/historical fiction fans!

Julie Berry, author of Lovely War, and Sherri L. Smith, author of The Blossom and The Firefly, will read from and sign their new books. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Pop-Up Bookstore at DTLB Farmers Market - Friday 3/6 + 3/20


Stop by our pop-up bookstore

at the DTLB Farmer's Market 

and pick up locally grown veggies, locally made breads and snacks,  and the freshest 

book picks around! Plenty of free 2hr parking!

**BOOK & PLANT SWAP ON 3/20** 

Bring books and plants to swap and get to know 

your neighbors and farmer's market vendors!

Tidy Up LA Decluttering Workshop - Sunday 3/8 at 11AM


Wishing you were better organized, 

at home, in the office or on the go?

Marie Kondo-certified professional organizer Vivien Lee-Mayhue of @TidyUpLosAngeles

will offer hands-on help 

in the KonMari art of tidying up.

$10pp includes hands-on demo.

'Friends with Books' Bookclub - Sunday 3/15 at 3PM


Social hour for booknerds!

$35pp includes a handpicked book 

just for you, cheese plate goodness 

and non-alcoholic bubbly, 

plus all the bookish fun you can handle! 

Book Launch for Kimberly Davis Basso - Sun 3/15 at 5PM


Join author Kimberly Davis Basso as we celebrate the launch of Birth and Other Surprises. 

Readings, raffles, prizes and parenting tips from a child of the seventies.

Kimberly is an award winning humorist with shiny stickers for her books from the Indies/ Foreword Reviews, Writer's Digest, the International Book Awards and others, none of which impress her children.  Free to attend - come say hello. 

Burning Issues Book Club Meeting - Sun 3/22 at 12PM


Join us for the Burning Issues Book Club, 

founded by @renatebakes! This book club 

has been formed to help facilitate our education on important topics facing humanity. 

Our March book is "So You Want To Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo.  

Book Reading with Veronica Kirin - Sun 3/22 at 6:30PM


Author and cultural anthropologist 

Veronica Kirin will read from and sign copies 

of her new book, "Stories of Elders." 

Veronica traveled more than 11,000 miles 

across the United States to interview the last living members of the Greatest Generation. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

Nicole Gulotta and Christy Krumm Richard - Sat 3/28 at 6:30PM

Wild Words by Nicole Gulotta

Join author Nicole Gulotta for a conversation about creativity, making space to write, and her latest book, "Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rhythms for Braving the Writer's Path" —with local writer Christy Krumm Richard.

Light refreshments will be served.

@ The Author's Table Dinner + Conversation - Thu 4/16 at 6:30PM


Our first "@ The Author's Table" brings together three award-winning authors for a book-inspired dinner and lively conversation.

On 4/16, we will be joined by Mia Alvar of In the Country (short stories), Ricco Villaneuva 

Siasoco of The Foley Artist (short stories), and Grace Talusan of The Body Papers (memoir).

$65pp includes multi-course book-inspired dinner + author's book of your choice logo - book buying that supports indie bookstores


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A Few of our Current Favorites

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

"A bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us." *Our favorite book of the year!*

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

"An engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse." 

A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib

"Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside--from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs--to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility." 

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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