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Iliad Books in North Hollywood is still growing.  Over the last couple of years they have doubled their physical space.  Their brick-and-mortar store is located in North Hollywood, California, they are one of the largest used bookstores in the Los Angeles area, specializing in Literature and the Arts (but carry books on most subjects, except business). The LA Weekly named them “Best Bookstore, Valley” in their 2012 “Best of L.A.” issue, the L.A. Times “Readers Choice 2011” named them as the favorite bookstore for the Valley/Ventura area, the April 2007 issue of Los Angeles Magazine listed them as one of the best used bookstores in L.A., the L.A. Times did a feature article on them, and they have been home to numerous movie and television shoots. they have over 125,000 books in stock, a convenient location with free parking, long hours, an experienced staff, and air conditioning.

You can park in the back and enter through the back.  Their always seems to be ample parking.  If you are going North on  Cahuenga Blvd., you will go over a set of raised railroad tracks that can obscure your view when you get ready to make a right hand turn onto Chandler Blvd. to get into their parking lot.  They are at 5400 Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601, (818)509-2665.  There are no good eating places within walking distances, but this does not detract from the good vibes you get when you visit Iliad Books.

The store is extremely clean and the staff super knowledgeable.  The one thing missing is adequate places to sit.  If you get tired of standing your only relief is to pop a squat.  To give you a flavor of the political leanings of the owners I remember a few years there was a picture of then president Bush with a target on his face with the number of days he still had in office.

Iliad Books



I bumped into Robert Davi yesterday at the Starbucks by my house in Northridge, CA While standing in line to get my tall, iced, decaf, with room, Americana.  He was one of the speakers at the Memorial at the National Cemetery in Westwood, CA.  My son, SSG Darrell Griffin, Jr is buried there. A super-nice guy.

Here is Robert’s bio from

From his portrayal of James Bond villain Franz Sanchez to FBI profiler Bailey Malone in “Profiler” (1996), Robert Davi is one of the film industry’s most recognized tough guys, whether on the big screen or on television. His tough exterior masks a powerful inner sensitivity, which he calls upon for his most notorious roles. A stickler for research, Davi contacted Quantico and arranged to meet Bill Hagenmeyer, the real-life FBI profiler. Davi received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative and smoldering portrayal of Bailey Malone. The show, currently in syndication, struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000), “Without a Trace” (2002), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2001) and many others.

Robert Davi