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Equator Books in Venice to close

February 6, 2010 |  9:45 am

Equator Books in Venice is closing up shop. The bookstore, which opened 5 1/2 years ago, announced on Friday that will close its doors by midnight on Sunday.

The  large and airy bookstore has been pinched by the economic slump. On balance, it stocked high-end books -- first editions, signed copies, art books -- the kind of things that feel a little like luxuries. To complement the book selection, it added records (including the collection of former Rolling Stone writer Gordon Lewis) and a cafe.

As early as last spring, Equator knew it was in trouble, and never got back on its feet. "It is important for us to come up with some money," the owners wrote in an e-mail Friday, "so we'd like to sell as much as we can."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Equator Books in 2005. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times