Pipe & Thimble Bookstore a Dream for Indie Authors

Alana Garrigues
May 6, 2017 · 7 min read
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Panorama of the brand new Pipe & Thimble Bookstore in Lomita, CA

Wednesday night, Nutschell Windsor (Founder and President of Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles), Angie Flores (Marketing Manager of CBW–LA and Author of Cub’s Wish), and I had the wonderful opportunity to drop off five copies of each of our organization’s publications: Story Sprouts Writing Resource and Anthology, Story Sprouts: Voice… How to Put Personality on the Page, and Kayla Wayman, Teen Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream to the brand-new Pipe & Thimble Bookstore in Lomita, California.

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Dropping off books in preparation for the Pipe & Thimble Grand Opening: Angie Flores (CBW–LA), Nutschell Windsor (CBW–LA), Barb Lieberman (Pipe & Thimble), Ellie Lieberman (Pipe & Thimble), Alana Garrigues (CBW–LA)

What a dream!

An organic mix of original artwork and jewelry, miniature sculpture, children’s chalkboard scribbles, carefully crafted books, and upcycled shelving come together to inspire, excite, and support creative minds.

The store will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 6, with a big old party from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and after spending an hour or so talking with mother-daughter co-owners Barb and Ellie Lieberman, we know this will be a major destination for writers, artists, readers and creatives in the South Bay.

As Angie shared on social media within minutes of the meeting, “Check out the new jewel in the South Bay! Come and meet Barb and Ellie and see what they have created for you!”

The indie bookstore will carry titles for both independently published authors as well as works from small publishers. With days to go before opening, they already had an inventory of several hundred book titles, ready to go and beautifully displayed.

We’ve included plenty of photos of the store for your viewing pleasure below, but first…

Here are a few reasons we’re HUGE FANS of the Pipe & Thimble philosophy:

Pipe & Thimble exists in order to promote reading and writing, and to build community, and that value and commitment to the literary arts is clear in every single thing that they do.

If you’re interesting in having Pipe & Thimble carry your independently published or small press book, email them at pipeandthimble@gmail.com and tell them about what you write! They’ll send over more information about the process and get you set up in the store.*

*The only exception is erotica, and that is because they don’t read erotica, so don’t feel they can do the genre justice in their store. All other genres welcome for consideration.

Preview the Store

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The Story Sprouts series will feel right at home on this tree!

Cute, right?! Now go on, check them out yourselves!

Want to Know More About Pipe & Thimble?

Pipe & Thimble Publishing is a small publishing company founded on the idea that authors, and all artists, should be treated with respect and fairness. Our goal is to help independent authors get to the next level, while maintaining the same control they enjoy publishing on their own. —Pipe & Thimble website

Visit them on Facebook, check out www.pipeandthimble.com, email them at pipeandthimble@gmail.com, or visit the store in person at 24830 Narbonne Ave. in Lomita, CA.

When you visit the store, be sure to ask Ellie or Barb about the peace rose in the garden, and ask about how Pipe & Thimble got its name. We love the history of it all!

Want to Know More About CBW–LA?

Visit us online at cbw-la.org, like our Facebook page or chat with us on Twitter.

Even better? If you’re in the L.A. area, join us for a workshop or critique session! In this digital age, we still believe there’s nothing quite like connecting with a real person in real life. Heck, we’ll even let you tease us and call us old-fashioned.

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Alana Garrigues

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Writer. Editor. Educator. Creative. Founder: Of Love + Light. Publications Director: CBW–LA. All-around lover of words and travel.

Scribblers’ Scoop

The Official Newspaper of the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles.

Alana Garrigues

Written by

Writer. Editor. Educator. Creative. Founder: Of Love + Light. Publications Director: CBW–LA. All-around lover of words and travel.

Scribblers’ Scoop

The Official Newspaper of the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles.

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