By Emily Stoddard The independent bookstore community is in mourning over the passing of local bookstore owner Mark Johnson.
Johnson’s passing at the age of 88 is the latest in a series of deaths in the past several years, and his passing at his home in Los Angeles marks the sixth death of a local bookseller in a single month.
A local bookshop owner, Johnson was a fixture in the local community for decades and had an impact on the communities bookstore community in general.
Johnson grew up in Los Altos and later moved to Santa Clarita, where he established his store in the 1960s.
As a store owner, he took great pride in making sure that his stores provided a safe and welcoming environment for customers.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed reading books as much as he enjoyed reading his own.
He also had an affinity for the local art scene and was always looking to get involved in local events.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Johnson served as the manager of the Santa Claritas Bookstore, which was located at the corner of Main and Santa Clarities streets.
As the store grew, so did Johnson’s passion for books and his love for local art and culture.
In 1987, he sold his company, Johnson’s Books, to publisher Mark Siegel, a longtime business partner.
Johnson had worked for Siegel for many years and he was a strong supporter of the local bookstore.
Johnson would later serve as the publisher of the new edition of The Bookstore: A Guide to Southern California.
Over the years, Johnson continued to support the local bookstore community, particularly the local food scene.
As he did so, Johnson also worked with local artists to bring local bookstores to life.
A decade ago, Johnson started his own independent bookshop called the Bookstore Café, located at 1601 Main Street.
On September 13, 2017, Johnson died at home in Santa Claritaria, Calif.
The cause of death was not immediately released.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Johnson had been battling lung cancer.
The news comes on the heels of a recent news story about Johnson’s death that highlighted the dangers of smoking at the bookstore.
Sources: The San Diego Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, USA TODAY, Los Altons Daily Bulletin, Los Alamos National Laboratory, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, ABC News, ABCNews.com, ABCnews.com.au, Los Gatos Daily Times, Los Angles Daily Mail, Los Olivos Daily News, Los Santos News Service, Los Barrios Daily, Los Bernadines Daily Mail