Welcome to Bel Canto Books, a proudly woman- and BIPOC- owned independent bookstore based in Long Beach, California!
Founded by Jhoanna Belfer, a Filipina-American poet and former hospitality executive, Bel Canto Books offers a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction and children's books, organized around a theme of the month, in particular celebrating books by women and people of color.
Please visit our Events & Classes page to learn about author events, workshops, Storytime and more!
Learn about our store- and community-led Book Clubs, including our Book Of The Month Club based on the theme of the month! Please visit our FAQs to learn about how to submit an event/book/vendor inquiry.
We offer a book concierge program for personalized book recommendations, as well as book ordering through our partners at Bookshop.org and Libro.fm. And please make sure you're signed up for our newsletter which has the latest on upcoming events, what we're reading and other fun book news.
We hope you stay safe and let's keep reading!
XXOO Jhoanna, Head Booknerd & Owner/Manager
Bel Canto Books started as a monthly pop-up book club in 2018 and moved into a brick-and-mortar space inside The Hangout (now closed) on 4th Street in November 2019.
In Spring 2024, we will open our first stand-alone bookstore at 2106 E 4th Street, LB.
We have two current locations:
- A mini bookstore inside Steel Cup Cafe (2201 N Lakewood Blvd in Long Beach)
- A 400sf bookstore inside KUBO LB, a Filipinx-led collaborative collective workspace (3976 Atlantic Ave in Long Beach)
See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by clicking the button below.
Visit our Bixby Knolls location inside KUBO LB (3976 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach CA)
Monday/Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - 11am to 5pm
Thursday - 11am to 5pm
Friday - 12pm to 8pm
Saturday 12pm to 8pm
Sunday - 11am to 4pm
Recommended eateries within walking distance: Ding Tea (boba), Sala Coffee + Wine, Cassidy's Corner Cafe (bagels), HiroNori (ramen), and Ambitious Ales (beer + popup food vendors).
Visit our Bellflower location inside Steel Cup Cafe (2201 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach CA)
Open Tuesday - Sunday 7am to 4pm
Free parking in lot
Opening Spring 2024 - our very first stand-alone bookstore at 2106 E 4th Street, Long Beach.
It all starts with a story…how a great book captivates and enlivens us, how the fairytales our families share 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.
Our mission at Bel Canto Books is to foster joy, creativity and curiosity, one book, one connection at a time. As a woman- and BIPOC-owned bookstore, we take special pride in uplifting the work of historically marginalized authors and artists.
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Coming Spring 2024 - Our own shop at 2106 E 4th Street, LB 90814!
@ KUBO LB (3976 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807 | kubolb.com)
@ Steel Cup Cafe (2201 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach CA 90815 | steelcupcafe.com)
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