Bookstore Spotlight – Walden Pond Books

Walden Pond Books is Oakland’s finest independent bookstore since 1973 and is located in the heart of one the most desirable neighborhoods in the East Bay on Grand Avenue near Lake Merritt. They’re the oldest and also the largest independent bookstore in Oakland, and it is indeed an Oakland institution. It was named Best Bookstore by Oakland Magazine in 2011 and won Best of the East Bay in 2010. They have a large, extremely knowledgeable staff including the very lovable but lazy Brody, Amos and Kip, usually seen lounging around inside and outside of the store, greeting customers and frequently napping. They have a ton of new and used books, but also a great selection of non-books, cards, stationary, misc. sundries, etc.

Walden Pond Books supports local authors and is currently carrying my book Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet. And it’s nearby another Oakland institution, the Grand Lake Theater. If you haven’t seen a movie there, do yourself a favor and go see one in the ornate main theater (their Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before selected Friday and Saturday evening films) after buying a book at Walden Pond (preferably mine) and grabbing some burrata, pizza and wine at Boot and Shoe Service. You’re welcome!

Walden Pond Books

3316 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Telephone: (510) 832.4438


Store Hours:

Sunday to Thursday 10am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday 10am to 10pm

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