What Books Did Chris Pine Buy From LA Indie Skylight?

Did you hear that? The sound of rustling pages, virtual events starting up on Zoom, tumbleweeds rolling through the piles? That’s the sound of indie bookstores struggling to make ends meet during pandemic year three. But literary heroes come in all sizes, and not all of them wear capes. Some even wear shorts.

Last weekend in sunny Los Angeles, Chris Pine photographed abandoned indie bookseller Skylight Books. We appreciate Pine’s dedication to rock and Esquire-approved inseam, but it’s not just the shorts we love – it’s the book catch. If photographers want to track you around town, you might as well use their research, which is exactly what Pine did by showing off his purchases, prickly. He picked up Caroline Desroche’s Los Angeles Standards, a Los Angeles typography photo book; Kaoru Takamuras Lady Joker, a crime thriller from a Japanese superstar; Jon Kalman Steffanson’s Summer light, then the night comes, a literary novel of the Icelandic countryside; and Agustina Bazzterica’s Tender is the flesh, an Argentine dystopia about legalized cannibalism. We love a man with a global perspective – and a great KN95 mask.

But this isn’t the first time The People’s Chris has stood in front of books and indie booksellers. In fact, Pine has been a quiet book influencer for a long time – so much so that his fans have molded themselves book clubs around the titles he refers to in interviews. There are many urban legends about his time as a student in the English department at Berkeley where, if you believe the Twitter accounts firsthand, he created a strong impression when writing short stories in an erotic class.

As for local shopping, he’s been photographed patronizing Skylight Books as far back as 2013, and has even been known to go on dates there (who among us wouldn’t go on a bookstore date with Chris Pine?). In the summer of 2020 he made a splash from Skylight Books walking with a hefty bag of purchases and a heavy N95 mask, again pantomiming at the paparazzi. The affection goes both ways; Skylight shared the photos on Twitter, calling himself “the proud bookseller of Hollywood’s best Chris.”

Let’s all be more like Chris Pine this year, and waste no time diving into our reading lists. The best Chrises – truly the best people – shop locally and mask up.

Summer light, and then the night comes

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