ESO WON BOOKSTORE IN LOS ANGELES
Eso Won Books is an independent bookstore located at 4327 Degnan Boulevard in the Historic Leimert Park Village neighborhood of South Los Angeles. It is one of the largest Black-owned bookstores in the U.S. In 2021, Publishers Weekly awarded Eso Won the business Bookstore of the Year.
Eso Won Books started in the summer of 1988 in Los Angeles. Eso Won, which means “water over rocks” in the Ethiopian Amharic language, was originally named Eso Won Books on Wheels.
James Fugate and Tom Hamilton, founders, and co-owners, said their goal was to sell books at community events, such as the L.A. Times Book Fair, and be “seen as not just a Black bookstore for Black people, but a Los Angeles bookstore in which everyone is welcome.”
Eso Won Books has hosted author signings with Muhammad Ali and his biographer Howard Bingham, historian Yosef AA ben-Jochannan, Octavia Butler, John Henrik Clarke, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., poet Nikki Giovanni, Berry Gordy, Jr., Patti LaBelle, Wynton Marsalis, Gloria Naylor, Sonia Sanchez, Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichal), and Alice Walker.[
Support your local, independent bookstore; choose from a vast selection of books, cards, and more! Discover your next read with curated recommendations. Every sale supports local bookstores. They are socially conscious, friendly, and offer authors signings, Best Sellers, hard-to-find, Gift Books, Children's Books.