About

The heart of the local literary community, Chevalier’s has been celebrating the world of books since 1940. We pride ourselves on exceptional personal service, compelling outreach programs, and, above all, getting the right book in the hands of our readers.

Located in Windsor Square, amid the bustling boulevard of Larchmont; saunter the neighborhood, grab a bite or coffee, browse our shelves, take a seat and your time to enjoy the charm of a true old-world, general-trade bookstore.

2016 is an exciting turning point for Chevalier’s, as we celebrate 76 years in business!
We’re now under new ownership in collaboration with the familiar staff members you’ve come to know over the years, and moving forward in our beautifully renovated store. Stay tuned as we roll out a new calendar of readings, singings, kid’s story times and sing-alongs, and book club meet-ups.

Come see what’s new at Chevalier’s and let us help you find your next literary adventure!

Check out the latest Staff Picks!

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BERT, Owner
Bert Deixler is a long-time practicing attorney in Los Angeles, and has two grown daughters.  He is an avid reader and has been involved in community and civic affairs for many years.  The opportunity to be an owner of Chevalier’s Books reflects the intersection of his love of books and a desire to contribute to the community.

“Who wants to live somewhere that doesn’t have a bookstore close at hand?”

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DARRYL, Owner 
Darryl Holter was born in Minneapolis, and has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.  He came to Los Angeles in 1991 with his wife Carole Shammas for academic jobs at UCLA and USC, respectively.  Despite this, the two have remained happily married.  Darryl is the CEO of a group of family-owned businesses in DTLA with nearly 1,000 employees.  He was the founding Chairman of the Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District and is an adjunct Professor of History at USC.  He prefers to read social and economic history books, LA noir, and everything written by Simone de Beauvoir.  He also writes and records music and has an album coming out this year called “Radio Songs Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, 1937-1939”, as well as a book “Guthries’s LA”, to be published by Angel City Press.

For Darryl, preserving Chevalier’s Books just seemed like the right thing to do.

ERICA, General Manager 
Tanzanian-American-Canadian.  Lover of storms, seas, stars and trees. Of the classics: Moby Dick, The Count of Monte Cristo and Lolita. Of the more modern: The Remains of the Day, Interpreter of Maladies, and The Neverending Story. Of the now: The Untethered Soul and Being Mortal.

Clearly she is the book buyer for psych/spiritual/self help and can give you excellent advice about these books.  Also clearly she is the book buyer for children’s books for which she can do the same!  And, of course books about animals.

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San Franciscan/New Yorker/Angeleno had a long (too long?) career in television post production, a shorter career as a NYC cab driver and an even shorter career as an interpreter in Kinshasa at the Ali/Foreman fight and survived all that and more to become a bookseller.  As some of you already know, she LOVES to recommend books.  Currently obsessed with Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle.  Book buyer for fiction, mysteries, cookbooks, graphic lit., sports, art and performance books.  Is always open to advice.

jayJAY
Jay was born in Arkansas and raised in Southern Maryland, without ever acquiring either accent. He moved to LA shortly after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and can usually be found in his bathtub, wallowing behind a chamomile face mask. As Chevalier’s resident aficionado of YA/MG books, his favorites include More Than This by Patrick Ness, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and Holes by Louis Sachar.

“...there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza.
– Daria

drewDREW
Drew does not tend to trust digital print or banks, though he does own a kindle so also lives constantly in a puddle of his own hypocrisy. From this primordial soup of contradiction has sprung forth a person still wondering how he wound up in Los Angeles. This person has timidly traversed the land from bovine nurseries in Southern Alberta to olive farms on the eastern coast of Italy, learning little to nothing about what he wants to be when he grows up. He does not like books, but reads them so he can be pretentious at social gatherings and say things like “Oh my dear, you haven’t lived if you haven’t read Krasznahorkai,” and “The rise of the 19th gothic really stemmed from the fear of a nature they could not understand.” He has tricked everyone at Chevalier’s into thinking he is of some use and hopes to continue to do so in the near future.

camilleCAMILLE
Out of the dust bowl of the San Joaquin Valley, Camille sprang forth, with a breakfast pastry in one hand and a darkly funny memoir in the other.
When she’s not annoying her neighbors with obnoxiously loud singing, she is probably studying acting or recommending poetry. Her ideal book is “Harrowing, with a happy ending.”
She is odd.

anaANA
Ana Carelli loves children, stories and bringing the written word to life. A native of Washington, DC, she graduated in 2015 from Boston University, where she earned her BFA in Acting. Upon graduation, Ana moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting and singing career. Her love of books brought her to Chevalier’s, where she works as a part-time employee and happily volunteers to host Sunday Stories.

 

 

heatherHEATHER, Promotions & Program Assistance
Heather is a native of Northern California and lived in New York City for a couple of decades before defecting to Los Angeles.  Currently she is enjoying Rebecca Solnit’s essays andplans to read all of  all of Trollope and then start over. In addition to 19th century novels, she loves contemporary writers whose works  fall between categories, such as Chris Kraus ,W.G. Sebald and, lately, Elena Ferrante.  Heather helps do programming and promotion at Chevalier’s. She is a published and produced writer-performer who makes novel length serial performances.

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FILIS, Eminence Grise, Consultant
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has lived in Washington D.C., and taught English for many years at L.A. High. As Huell Howser put it, she is the “treasure of Larchmont.”  Previously the owner of Chevalier’s for 25 years, she is currently a consultant for the bookstore, especially for non fiction and bios, which she reads voraciously.