Spotlight on Local Business: Book events at Warwick’s drive readers’ interests in La Jolla


“William T. Warwick opened his first store in Minnesota in 1896 and relocated it to La Jolla in the 1930s,” said owner Nancy Warwick, who proudly added, “Warwick’s is the oldest family-owned and operated bookstore in the United States.”

Book lovers may be well aware of Warwick’s superb collection of books and writers events, including visits by authors Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jimmy carter, Margaret Thatcher, Garrison Keillor, Ozzy Osbourne, Amy Tan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

But customers may not know of the many smaller book programs that Warwick’s offers throughout the year. These include a “Signed First Editions Club,” intimate “Coffee with a Bookseller” morning gatherings, and laidback “Weekends with Locals.”

■ “Signed First Editions Club” membership allows readers to sign up for a year at no cost but a commitment to purchase 12 hand-selected books. “We arrange for specially signed copies of hardback books that we think are wonderful, including some excellent debuts,” said book buyer Adrian Newell.

■ “Coffee with a Bookseller” is offered every second Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. where “we bring in coffee and scones from brick and bell, and one of our booksellers does a presentation of 5-10 books they highly recommend,” Newell said. Customers receive a 20 percent discount on those titles that day only.

■ “Weekends with Locals” allows authors to debut their books in the community. “This program is so popular, it’s booked months in advance,” Newell said.

Upcoming events include:

■ Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, presents “The Front-Line Leader,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9;

■ Sheila E., Emmy and Grammy Award nominee percussionist presents her memoir, “The beat of my Own drum,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

■ Young Adult book events include Matthew Ward’s launch party for “War of the World records,” 7 p.m. Friday, dec. 5 and Marie Lu’s latest, “The Young elites” 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6.

— Warwick’s books is at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. monday- Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (858) 454-0347.