You go to a bar. You have a few drinks. You start talking to the guy next to you and before you know it, you’re in the back of his van. It happens.
For Michael Deyermond, it happens a lot. He’ll do anything to source the most unusual books to line the walls of his newly opened namesake store and gallery space.
A long summer road trip across the Midwest and Northeast — places with histories of institutions and wealthy families with large libraries — saw the Equator Books vet digging through yard sales, strangers’ garages, and vintage shops to uncover tomes, most of which date from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Beyond being categorized by literature, art, and rare, the handpicked selections are intentionally left unorganized to encourage browsing. You might just stumble across a copy of Dare Wright’s The Lonely Doll, vintage hardbacks of The Old Man and the Sea, or a catalog from Irving Penn’s first show at MoMA. It’s flipping good.
Deyermond Art and Books, 2801 Main Street, between Ashland Avenue and Hill Street, Santa Monica (310-450-4400 or deyermondbooks.com).