Vroman's bookstore buying literary landmark Book Soup

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A bit of Pasadena will take up residence soon in West Hollywood. KPCC’s Cheryl Devall says the region’s largest independent bookstore has singed an agreement to buy a literary magnet on Sunset Boulevard.

Shortly before he died in January, Book Soup founder Glenn Goldman put his store up for sale. The West Hollywood bookstore and newsstand reflects its late owner’s interests and those of its neighborhood.

Its black-painted shelves are crammed floor-to-ceiling with volumes about art, photography, travel, and especially cinema. Movie industry people frequent the place, and it’s not unusual to spot a famous face peering into one of the 60,000 books in stock.

Book Soup’s new owner is Pasadena-based Vroman’s, a 115-year-old emporium that also sells stationery and gifts in a trio of spacious, earth-toned shops along Colorado Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard. Book Soup and Vroman’s each sponsor high-profile author events and attract loyal clienteles, but the feel of the two businesses couldn’t be more different. Vroman’s has promised to maintain the Book Soup name and, as much as possible, its atmosphere.