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Los Angeles Named the Best City for Music Events and...Bookworms?

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Of all the things we expected Los Angeles to be known wasn't "the best city in the country for booklovers." According to a study by, New York is the city for singles, San Diego is the city for pet lovers, and LA is, crazily, the best city for bookish types. We're also the best city for music events...but that's hardly a surprise.

While we do love our books, we find it hard to believe that with all the other industries that make our fair city what it is, we rate as the best book city in the country. What about Boston? What about San Francisco? We hear Houston is quite bookish. How can it be?

The study found that Los Angeles has "more book-related activities than any other city in the country." If you do a quick comparison of music events to bookish events on any given night in LA, music wins out everytime. So if LA has more book and music events than any other city in the US, what on earth happens each night in other cities? Family, school, alumni, education and political events, according to the study results.

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While we're still skeptical about the results, we're not shy about touting the supreme greatness of LA. If you tell us we've got more music and more book events than any other city in the country...well, color us very happy to live here. The question now is: how many of those book events are for books about music?