Today is Independent Bookstore Day where we celebrate the wonder that is our local indie bookstore. Sadly there aren’t as many around these days as there used to be, so we have to appreciate and support them while we can, and make sure they stick around. It’s a great day to grab a coffee, sunk into a comfy chair and dig in to a great book.
Here are a few wonderful local Bay Area bookstores that I’ve featured before in my lovely blog that you might want to check out. All of them were kind enough to carry my book Free Love – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet (ISBN-10: 0984432914) when if first came out, so they clearly have excellent taste in fine literature.
Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large family owned general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California since 1966. 1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Telephone: (831) 423.0900. www.bookshopsantacruz.com
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. 3316 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610. Telephone: (510) 832.4438. www.waldenpondbooks.com
Spectator Books, located on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, CA, is a general bookstore with strong collections in art, photography, and mysteries, and sells new and rare books, cards and magazines. 4163 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611. Telephone: (510) 653.7300. www.spectatorbooks.com
A Great Good Place for Books is a full-service bookstore in Montclair Village (Oakland), CA, and is indeed a great place for good books. 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland, CA 94611. Telephone: (510) 339.8210. www.greatgoodplace.indiebound.com
Known for its fascinating selection of titles, stunning author events, enthusiastically diverse staff, and urban California aesthetic, DIESEL bookstore is ‘the cutting-edge, high-octane, community-radiating, independent neighborhood bookstore we all dream of hanging out in, getting imaginally turned on in, and literarily inspired by.’ 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618. Telephone: (510) 653.9965. www.dieselbookstore.com
Pegasus Books was established in 1983 and has been selling new and used books ever since at its three locations in Berkeley and Oakland. 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707. Telephone: (510) 525-6888. 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704. Telephone: (510) 649-1320. 5560 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618. Telephone: (510) 652-6259. www.pegasusbookstore.com/
Be sure to check them out when you’re in the neighborhood and support your local bookstores. And remember, books make great gifts!