Village Well Bookstore to Open with “The Poetry of Strangers” Oct. 17

Village Well Books & Café hosts its inaugural author event with Culver City native son and RENT Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace. Sonia-Wallace, a graduate of Culver City High School, will read from his recently published book The Poetry of Strangers, and lead a real-time poetry writing session. Culver City Councilman Thomas Small, Poet Laureate Janet Hoult and Artist Laureate Alexey Steele will join the conversation about Culver City’s literary, cultural and social history, welcoming the Village Well to that story.

Village Well owner Jennifer Caspar will take participants on a virtual tour of the store and share a sneak peek of the 20’ mosaic mural that features multiple Culver City landmarks. The mosaic, to be installed across the front of the coffee counter, includes several hearts and flowers created by CCUSD students from elementary to high school. Village Well is scheduled to open its physical doors in late November.

 Register for the free event at and click on Calendar or via Eventbrite. Books available for pre-purchase upon registration or via

When the store’s physical doors open in late November, all social distancing protocols will be in place, including sidewalk seating, reduced indoor seating, rigorous cleaning practices, plenty of hand sanitizer, curbside pick-up and home delivery. To sign up for the mailing list and to shop now and claim a free tote bag, visit the website at

Saturday, October 17

Virtual event: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Safe Sidewalk Signing: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

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