Best Used Bookstores, November 2007
In a brand-new building just blocks from where it shared a wall with Odyssey Video for 18 years, Iliad Bookshop functions as a used bookstore, rescued-kitty hostel, and all-around culture beacon. While one-eyed (and four-legged) Zola naps amid the large collection of Nancy Drew and Oz serials, locals peruse the wooden island piled high with offbeat specials. Iliad also boasts L.A.’s quirkiest bookshelf. Marked “Old and Strange Paperbacks,” it supports a comprehensive collection of retro erotica and vintage pulp novels; even if you don’t read them, they make for campy coffee-table accessories. For late-night readers, Iliad’s doors stay open until 10.