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

Bel Canto Books is a Long Beach-based indie bookstore, 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




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

Bel Canto Books in Long Beach 


11.15.19 Friday

Pop-Up Bookstore at DTLB Farmers' Market

10AM to 2PM 

3rd Street & Promenade, Long Beach CA

Plenty of free 2 hour parking!

11.17.19 Sunday


(registration closed)

3:00PM to 5:00PM 


2122 E. 4th Street, Long Beach CA


Event info for Christina Forshay, illustrator of A Morning with Grandpa

All events held at our new bookshop space inside The Hangout (2122 E. 4th Street, Long Beach)

12.01.19 Sunday

Artist's Talk & Book Signing: Christina Forshay, illustrator of A Morning with Grandpa

2PM to 3PM

12.07.19 Saturday

Book Launch: Lewis Raven Wallace's The View from Somewhere

with podcast host Sam Greenspan

4:30PM to 5:30PM

12.13.17 Friday

Poets Out Loud: Michelle Brittan Rosado + Douglas Manuel 

6PM to 7PM


Follow us on Instagram or Facebook at @belcantobooks 

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

audiobooks that make a difference

top 25 bestselling audiobooks of 2018 from Libro.fm

Libro.fm - where your audiobook purchases support small businesses

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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