Owners to Close Long Beach’s Apostrophe Books on February 6, with Heavy Hearts

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After six years of business on Second Street and 23 years as a bookstore, Apostrophe Books is set to close February 6, according to the owners, puncturing a hole in the hearts of independent bookstore lovers in Long Beach...

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IN PICTURES: {open}, Now Open, Now Open

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Upon arrival at Open—formerly {open}, now formally open—a large pack of people pored over paperbacks as anticipation built last Friday evening for owner and curator Sé Reed to finally introduce the world to her latest brainchild, and vice versa.

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Sé Reed Rethinks the Modern Bookstore for the Latest Incarnation of OPEN

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Three years ago, Long Beach lost a literary landmark. Many remember {open} as a vibrant bookstore, art gallery, and event space. After nine glorious years in business, {open} closed its doors in 2012.

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Local Artist, Brain Cancer Survivor to Lead Healing Through Creativity Workshop

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Local artist, poet and brain cancer survivor Richard Harvey will facilitate a Healing Through Creativity workshop alongside the debut of his new book, 20 Poems 20 Paintings, A Creative Warrior’s Journal, in an effort to help cancer fighters, survivors and...

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Roadtrip Nation Has the ‘Roadmap’ to Figuring Out What To Do With Your Life

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Developed by Roadtrip Nation, an award-winning career exploration movement from Costa Mesa, the soon-to-be-released Roadmap aims to help those feeling lost post-graduation, or feeling stuck in their current careers, find success doing what they love.

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After Two Years Behind Shuttered Doors, Famed Long Beach Bookstore Finds New Home at Downtown Book Bar

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Sé Reed's hint that she would eventually re-open her famed bookstore, Open, provided a bit of hope for the patrons who yearned to find independently printed books filled with the words of Long Beach poets or...

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The Brass Lamp Set to Become Long Beach’s First Book Bar

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Samantha Argosino has felt this pang continually when, often finding herself wide awake at 11 while working or reading, wanting to be out—and working or reading. Not necessarily socialize but be around others, to be inspired, to...

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Long Beach Author Details Incest, Abuse in Autobiography

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For Jeff Slayton, dancing was an escape. As he moved about the stage, he could forget how his father had touched him the night before. He could forget the feeling of his mother's cold hand slapping him...

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Long Beach Record Collector Steve Propes Goes ‘Old School’ With New R&B Book

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Steve Propes--a Long Beach local and one of the region's foremost experts on R&B and vocal harmony groups--has been keeping this passion for vintage 45s alive with a growing lineup of books that, for more than a decade, have...

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LGBT History: The Gay Bar As Church

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Long before the LGBT community reaped the benefits of the Stonewall revolution, there was one place and one place only they could commune: the bar.

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