Oh no, according to the L.A Weekly's L.A. Daily blog, the Bodhi Tree bookstore will close in a year. Sadly, another bookstore bites the dust and we're all left to fend for ourselves on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. Even my neighborhood Borders is closing.
What I'll miss most is the Bodhi Tree's used bookstore. Over the years, I've found some great library additions like Yoga for Americans originally published in 1948 by Indra Devi (one of the first female yoga teachers, who was a student of Krishnamacharya and had a celebrity following among starlets like Gloria Swanson) and Swami Vishnu-devananda's The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga from 1959 which is a yoga primer from the Swami Sivananda lineage.
The cookbook section also never disappoints. Most of the titles are vegetarian and the selection satisfies all palettes -- everything from Deborah Madison, to the Moosewood series, Tassajara, Madhur Jaffrey, and vegan choices too.
Bodhi Tree co-owner Phil Thompson told the L.A. Weekly: "Perhaps a wealthy philosopher entrepreneur will come in to buy the store and keep it going. A sort of philosopher king. Or queen." Let's hope so.