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vro_logo_medVroman’s Bookstore is Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore.  We have been independently owned since 1894.  Serving the Southern California literary community and the Pasadena area specifically, we host over 300 events a year and support local charities with our Vroman’s Gives Back program.  At our two locations, we have an extensive selection of books, magazines, gifts, stationery, and fine writing instruments.

In 2008, we received the highest honor a bookstore can be given when we were named Publishers Weekly’s Bookseller of the Year.

This is our blog, where you can come for the latest literary news, recommended reads, author interviews, and much, much more.  Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop us a line.

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    Joshua Vroman 09.20.09 at 9:20 am

    Hi, my name is Josh Vroman, and I have been searching for well over a year now and gathering little bits of information about where my family came from. Ironicly << probably not spelled right, the founder for your bookstore is from La Salle, IL. My extended family, great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are from Rock Island, IL which is only 1 hour and 32 mins away. Im thinking that there may be a connection. Sorry I chose this method to get into touch with you, but I figure the more public it is, hopefully the better the response!! You folks have a wonderful day!


    Amy @ My Friend Amy 04.08.10 at 8:37 am

    I would like to contact you about the blog, but the email address is still for Patrick. Any chance you’ll update it? 🙂

    Ruby 04.08.10 at 2:57 pm

    Oh hey, thanks, Amy. I didn’t notice.

    And Josh- How cool! I’m glad there’s still some Vromans around.

    Gerald Montier 10.17.10 at 4:43 pm

    Dear sir,
    Do you have any images of past “4-6 Grade Winners of your Annual Bookmark Contest” ? I would really love to see them if possible.
    Please e-mail me the information if you can.

    Thank You,
    Gerald W.Montier

    Paul Hendrickson 02.23.13 at 3:04 pm

    I just saw your lovely Hemingway display and wanted to express my thanks. I love your bookstore and have stopped in whenever I am in Los Angeles. I will next be there in late April and would like to come in and possibly sign some books informally. Mostly, though, I just wanted to say thank you. Yours sincerely, Paul Hendrickson

    Rachel 02.26.13 at 11:36 am

    Of course, Paul! I will pass along your thanks to our Visual Merchandising Manager- she’s the one responsible for all the magic behind the displays. And thank you for such kind words! Let us know when you’re in town and we’ll have your books ready for you to sign- hope to see you soon!

    Roy Ferguson 02.05.15 at 10:34 am


    I’m trying to find out where I can buy Alexandra Fuller’s “Falling” e-book.
    No luck.

    Could I bug you for a suggestion on a place to look?

    Jessica 02.09.15 at 11:39 am


    I’ve been searching around and it seems that there is so e-book of “Falling” available right now. That could change but as of right now I haven’t been able to find one that’s available. I’m so sorry!

    Glenn Canady 06.08.16 at 5:13 pm

    I saw your site today – blog.vromans.com

    There’s a new coffee that just came out with a special blend of natural herbs that melts pounds while cutting all your cravings! My friend Pat lost 50 pounds on it and will be happy to talk to you on the phone about it. Go to this page and watch the movie I did with Gary.


    Enter your name and email and click the button to go directly to the company website and fill out the form for a free tour. If you want some samples or have questions, please email me at glenn@crankmoney.com

    Glenn Canady

    Joel Parker 12.16.16 at 9:42 am

    Just a belated thanks — I 1st met James Crumley, the late great Western mystery writer, & Mark Frost who co-wrote Twin Peaks at your store in the early ’90s. I later crossed paths with him at Charlie B’s bar in Missoula where he signed even more of his soaring novels.

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