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Dutton's Closing for Good

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Sad, sad news in bookish LA: Dutton's Brentwood is closing its doors. After a long battle with developers and uncertainty, which we covered last year, Doug Dutton has made the difficult decision to close.

He points out, though, that Charles T. Munger, the developer that has purchased the property, has "has committed to a significant amount of financial support for the difficult process of closing the store, and we appreciate his generosity."

We are saddened at the loss of this great bookstore that hosted some of the finest readings in Los Angeles. Our weekly roundup of bookish events simply will not be the same without their listings. Here's to hoping they find a new home or manage to somehow re-open in their old home. More coverage to come once we've gotten over the shock. Between this closure and Beyond Baroque's imminent danger, we're beginning to lose faith in this town's ability to protect such valuable, independent places for the arts and artists to find expression.

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Doug Dutton's full letter to LA readers and patrons is below the jump.