Bookstore Spotlight – Spectator Books

Today I would like to introduce you to Spectator Books located on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, CA. Spectator Books is a general bookstore with strong collections in art, photography, and mysteries, and sells new and rare books, cards and magazines, used DVDs and budget CD’s (I’m not sure what that means but I think my wife has a few of those), and is a member of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

If you’re not familiar, Piedmont Avenue is full of fantastic restaurants, coffee shops, at least one indie cinema, and this great bookstore where you can find… wait for it… my book Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet.

Every year there’s a great kid-centric, somewhat pet-friendly Halloween “parade” where local businesses pass out candy to the kids who come to trick-or-treat, which is a kind of a zoo to be honest, but very enjoyable. My 18-month old son rocked an astronaut costume this year, which was great until some other kid showed up wearing the same thing. Awkward. Anyway, it’s a great, very eclectic bookstore and you should check it out (and buy something) along with some of the local restaurants. One of our personal favorites is Xyclo Restaurant/Lounge.

Spectator Books

4163 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

Telephone: (510) 653.7300


Store Hours:

Sunday to Thursday 11am to 8pm
Friday 11am to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 10pm


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