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"A Last or a New Look at Lhooq?"

Written by Wendy Hinman

"Carlsbad Magazine" March/April 2020

  

LHOOQ BOOKS (pronounced "look") is a corporeal gathering site for ethereal discoveries. Reading books takes us time traveling in ways the digital experience cannot. When we sink into a book we're made a soul connection to a protagonist, a storyteller, another world. Walk into Lhooq and the residue of those worlds comes back in the presence of many books. Conversations are born. What was at first felt alone now has a table to share. 

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"End of chapter looms for a Carlsbad icon"

Served with an eviction notice, the owner of the funky arts hub known as Lhooq Books is fighting back

Written by Pam Kragen

"Los Angeles Times" October 14, 2019

    

 

CARLSBAD — Over the last decade, Carlsbad Village has undergone a gradual gentrification, but little pockets of its former, funky self remain. 
But one of the village's most unique gathering spots, the alleyway arts hub known as Lhooq Books, may soon disappear. 
 After 12 years operating a rare and vintage book sales business on Carlsbad Village Drive, fourth-generation Carlsbad native Sean Christopher was unexpectedly served with a 60-day eviction notice last month. 
 Without a reprieve from his landlord, Christopher has until mid-November to vacate the property, which is both a stand-alone business and an adjoining home, where the single father has lived for the last decade with his 10-year-old son, Jack.
 Christopher, 45, said he has always paid his rent on time and over the years has invested thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of sweat equity fixing up the once-derelict properties, so the eviction came as a shock. 

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"Lhooqing for shelter"
Beloved bookstore booted by big Ben Siegel

Written by Ken Leighton

"San Diego Reader" October 17, 2019

  

Sean Christopher says his Lhooq (pronounced “look”) Books in Carlsbad is one of only about seven independent book stores left in the county, now that market forces have felled such longtime booksellers as Adams Avenue Books, 5th Avenue Books, and 50,000 Books. He says he has over 50,000 new and used books for sale, including "the final hand-typed draft of the Pulp Fiction screenplay with Quentin Tarantino's handwritten notes, a very rare leatherette of Edgar Allen Poe, a hardcover of Catcher in the Rye, and an original printing of Abby Hoffman's Steal This Book." Hidden San Diego called Lhoog Books, a funky shop housed in a small barn built in 1941, "a hidden gem, the best bookstore in all of San Diego by far." (Hidden indeed: it's quite a contrast to the massive new multi-story development currently enveloping downtown Carlsbad. )

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"BOOK NOOKS Check out Carlsbad's community libraries, which make reading fun for everyone"

Written by Wendy Hinman

"Carlsbad Magazine" March/April 2017

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LHOOQ BOOKS (pronounced "look"). Lhooq, a rare bookstore and underground art venue tucked away on Carlsbad Village Drive next to Garden State Bagel, has a 24/7 "honor system" community library/bookstore outside. The proprietor, Sean Christopher, is also a writer.

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"Bookseller shares love of literature in unique way"

Written by Rachel Stine

"The Coast News" June 11, 2013

Sean Christopher and Jack at Lhooq Books  Sean Christopher and Jack at Lhooq Books 

If a cook needs a restaurant — a writer needs a bookstore. So says Sean Christopher, a budding author, who began his own unique bookstore where passerby can take any book they find. Bookseller shares love of literature

CARLSBAD — Sitting in his little bungalow house off of Jefferson Street, Sean Christopher began to describe one of the many reasons he is passionate about books. 

“A book can be old and yellow and crispy, and that story —”

Christopher couldn’t finish his sentence before his 4-year-old Jack interjected — “Dad, watch me get the golden egg,” he said, wanting to show off his aptitude for playing Angry Birds on his dad’s iPhone.

“I am, Buddy,” Christopher said before resuming his sentence. “That story is the same story as the first edition that is worth thousands of dollars.”

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