Favorite Bay Area bookstores?
Afegeix-te a LibraryThing per participar.
Aquest tema està marcat com "inactiu": L'últim missatge és de fa més de 90 dies. Podeu revifar-lo enviant una resposta.
Walden Pond Books
(all in Oakland)
Bird & Beckett
and various other holes in the wall in San Francisco
I actually like the Barnes & Noble in Jack London Square and the Borders in Emeryville for new books - they have better selections at those stores than at others in those chains.
Agreed about Other Change of Hobbit - I was in there just the other day!
Cody's new store on Stockton Street in S.F. is very nice.
Book Passage in Corte Madera, Marin, esp. for travel books, and new mysteries.
Thanks for the website - I didn't know they had one!
8cmdrsuzdal Primer missatge
Green Apple (a little far away for me)
I kinda like the new Codys except the weird floor, the place smells like rubber instead of books :/
But my favorite bookstores in the Bay Area are the Book Bay at Ft. Mason (run by the Friends of the San Francisco Library) and the similar store in Oakland run by the Oakland Library (I don't know the name of that one or the address, although I can get there if I drive around a while). They both have the best prices on used books and the books are generally in very good condition.
I just went by there yesterday and they've got a lot of inventory right now. Either they got the pick of the litter from what was left after the Big Book Sale, or they are stocking up to be ready for the move to a bigger space (moving in December to a bigger unit in Ft. Mason). But there was lots of good stuff.
I am from Half Moon Bay. Has anyone ever been to this bookstore: 80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127
Open 10 AM - 9 PM Every Day.
I haven't been there but have been getting e-mails from them and apparently Edna O'Brien was ther tonight doing a reading.
We have a few nice bookstores in HMB. One of them- Coastside Books on Main Street is going up for sale if anyone wants to buy a bookstore.
15chocolatedog Primer missatge
Pegasus & Pendragon has a cool periodic warehouse sale in West Berkeley too.
Would you folks mind doing me a large favor? I've got a Group called Favorite Bookstores here on LT, and a lot of the material you've got here would be absolutely great as postings in that area.
If you each pick just one bookstore, follow the subject line format I've suggested there, then do a write-up of where it is and why you like it so much, I'll be your friend for a week. If you don't, I'll be your friend for a month.
So I assumed I had the wrong name but then we decided to go to the movie theatre there and
noticed a book store across the street called Bookshop West Portal. It was a store for new books and had book signings posted as well as yoga and knitting classes. It was a very pleasant place so I would recommend it. (but I'm wondering if that other guy was trying to send me on a wild goose chase or just hadn't noticed the similarly named book store 1 block up from him).
In Berkeley: Pegasus, Black Oak, Dark Carnival, Half Price.
In Emeryville: Borders.
In San Francisco: Aardvark, Green Apple, Cody's, Stacey's, City Lights, Dog-Eared, Borderlands, Booksmith.
Pegasus and Half-Price Books were next to each other on Solano Ave. (Albany/Berkeley) some years ago; I think one of them has moved or closed down since then.
Bookstores I go to now: Stacey's in San Francisco, Moe's and Half-Price Books in Berkeley, and Waldenpond in Oakland.
The Half-Price Books on Solano moved over to Shattuck in Berkeley - near another of my faves for science fiction, The Other Change of Hobbit.
The Cody's location on 4th street bums me out. There is nowhere the amount of weird stuff that Telegraph used to have.
Bonaza Street Books in Walnut Creek can be a revelation. It's a strange, funky little store.
#5 - That Book Passage store was my little refuge from drudgery while freelancing in Marin.
Going to check out this place (link below) this weekend. Had no idea it even existed!
Anyway, my favorite bookstores are Green Apple (like many), Aardvark, Bird and Becket, Booksmith (on Haight Street), Adobe Books . . . well, that's a short list. I'm also partial to searching through the stacks at Goodwill, Out of the Closet and all the thrift stores up and down Fillmore Street and in the Mission.
More locally, I really like Moe's on Telegraph, Half-Price on Shattuck, (both in Berkeley), and Blue Rectangle in Alameda (they've got used records, too).
I also like Half Price and Moe's. I'll have to check out Blue Rectangle. I don't get to Alamada enough. There are some great old antique/thrift stores with stacks of old books in the back. I've made some great finds in some of those stores.
Since you're on a budget, try the thrift shops in the Mission District the next time you're in San Francisco. My favorite is Community Thrift; they've got an large selection of used books.
I have been to the Palo Alto Books Inc. - relocated from the Stanford Mall to Town & Country shopping center - and it really is lovely. Nice staff too.
Between that and Kepler's, we're covered up with great stores in my neighborhood.
I was so disappointed with the 4th store, I am hoping they've got a bit of the old mojo back at the new location.
When they moved, there were doubts expressed about how long they would survive in the new location, and after visiting, I rather agree with the doubters.
Not to discount Walden Pond -- it is a great place to stop after loading myself with produce at the Saturday farmers market.
A Great Good Place for Books - Kathy (the owner - wonderful story about that, too) and the staff here knows books - good books! - SO well
Clayton Books - Joel and Christy, the owners, are lovely, and again: they know good books. Also, they threw a lovely dessert and tea reading that was one of my most fun events!
I'll be in San Francisco with friends, mid-April, and I believe that we'll be staying somewhere on Market, within two block of Davies Hall and the Civic Center. Alas, I'll be completely dependent upon public transportation and my own two legs to get around. Any recommendations?
I have an ancient copy of "A Booklover's Guide to San Francisco", but it's over 30 years old, at a time when I loved going to the Antiquarian bookstores of Post Street. I presume most of them, such as John Howell Books, have long since disappeared.
The Green Apple is primarily a used book store, so you'll love it. It's huge.
And yes, unfortunately John Howell Books is gone.
You might try this resource: it's the store finder for Indie Bound, an independent bookseller group.
The city bus system -- "Muni" -- sells visitor passes that give unlimited rides, for 1, 3, or 7 days periods. Info here:
The regular fare is $1.50 per ride ($5.00 on cable cars, which are included in the passes), or $0.50 per ride for seniors and disabled.
If you're unfamiliar with Cometbus, it's a well written little 'zine put out by guy named Aaron Cometbus, a Berkeley-based writer who also was/is a drummer in various East Bay punk bands.
For this issue he tracks down various denizens of the Berkeley bookseller scene and he really bring the story of the Avenue to life, even working in Blondie's, Rasputin and the Reprint Mint.
Anyway, I ended up buying it online because I just don't make it out to Telegraph that often.
You can find it here for the low, low price of three bucks:
I'm not in anyway affliated with Cometbus or the retailer above. This little zine simply blew my mind and I think some of you might really enjoy it.
Does anyone know what happened to Gray Wolf Books which used to be around 148th and E14th in San Leandro/San Lorenzo?
(and let's hear it for Recycle Books, in San Jose)
Glad you liked it! I plan to get back there soon; they had a couple of books I want that I didn't get the first time, and should have.
How exciting, rocketjk! Congratulations!
Ooh, and another hurrah for Recycle Books.
They sell used books, some new books but they are all on the same shelves (it's a different price sticker).
On top of this, they clear weekly their stock and dump about half a cubic yard of FREE BOOKS into a curbside "soap box" - where you are encouraged to leave your read book and pick another (free) book.
staff is very knowledgeable and courteous - you might need them anyway, the stock is too large/varied.
How about Roskie and Wallace in Hayward? The darkest, dustiest book store I've ever been in!
They used to hand out flashlights! A coal-miners hat with a light would have been better! ;-)
LAST DAY IS NEXT SATURDAY - then there are closed forever.
Muni/BART stop Powell.
Borders 1 = north-west corner of Union square.
Borders 2 = 4th floor of bloomingdale/Westfield.
what is STILL open and anybody has info on where/when to hit the stores?