- Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, CA – 925-254-7606
- Pegasus Books, three locations: 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA – 510-649-1320; 1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA – 510-525-6888; 5560 College Avenue, Oakland, CA – 510-652-6259
- Owl & Company Bookshop, 3941 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland CA – 510-788-5821
- Spectator Books, 4163 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA – 510-653-7500
- Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA – 415-927-0960
- Railroad Book Depot, 650 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, CA – 925-427-2334 (will carry my books starting Saturday, June 15th at my book signing event)
I hope to add more stores to this list soon.
We need to support these bookstores in return for all they do for us. For all of you authors and wanna-be authors, it’s important to build relationships with the independent bookstores by becoming customers. Don’t just expect bookstores to support your book launch and signing events, be a partner by buying some books and attending events!
This was suggested by a bookstore owner who recently gave a talk at a California Writers Club meeting, and I wholeheartedly agree. I have bought books and attended events at the stores that are supporting me by carrying my book, and I plan to continue doing so. This doesn’t mean that I don’t also listen to audio books and read ebooks, because sometimes that is the only way I can read, depending on where I am and what I’m doing. But I still love the sight, smell, and feel of a printed book above all else.
I want these stores to stay in business! With the competition from Amazon, that is sometimes difficult for them to do. Some bookstore owners don’t get paid for months at a time and struggle to pay the rent. So go to your local bookstore, get to know the people there, and buy some books!