Summer's But Only Begun!

Mr. John Evans himself took to the NPR airwaves with some summer reading guidance!


A Bookseller at Home: feat. Joy Williams' NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD

Mondays are one of Brad's days off, but that won't stop him from bookselling! Today's installment of "A Bookseller at Home" features Joy Williams' short story collection, Ninety-Nine Stories of God.

An added bonus this week: Joy Williams herself will be reading at the store in Oakland on Tuesday, July 19th at 7pm! Suffice it to say, I think, we're pretty excited! 


A Bookseller at Home: feat. Claire-Louise Bennett's POND

Brad's a "Bookseller At Home" again! In this installment he's talking about Claire-Louise Bennett's debut novel, Pond. He's been dying to talk to people about this one! 

Dear Reader

We are quite fond of Amy Gerstler's ode to the reader and reading, and think it will accompany you well during your summer reading.


Blank No More

These entries in Claudia Rankine's National Book Award-winning collection, Citizen: An American Lyric, used to be blank. But now we know the names, along with so many others, and we must say them.

We must figure out ways (because there will be many) not simply to say -- but demand -- that black lives matter. 

My Heart Belongs to Bookstores

Courtesy of our friends at Shelf Awareness:

A Bookseller at Home: feat. THE TRANSMIGRATION OF BODIES

Yuri Herrera's US debut last year, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was one of our bestselling books in Oakland. This was no one-hit wonder, says Brad, and The Transmigration of Bodies will prove it. 

March on, John Lewis! March on!

Get to know Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).


A Bookseller at Home: Brad Talks about GRIEF IS THE THING WITHE FEATHERS

You know this already, but when Brad likes a book he really likes a book. Here he is talking about Max Porter's novel, Grief is the Thing With Feathers. 

Max & Anthony Marra will be in conversation in Oakland on Friday, June 24th. There is so much more to say about this wonderful debut. 

Break the Chains, Build Local Power

And now, a word from our friends at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance:

Since our founding in 1974, we have worked to rewrite the rules and empower communities to choose their own future. Across several vital economic sectors, we help break the corporate stranglehold that extracts wealth from local economies and undermines democracy. We give communities the tools to build a strong local economy themselves. From banking to energy, healthy soils to community-owned Internet networks, time and again we have shown that when we level the playing field for individuals and businesses, we improve our economy and the quality of life for all citizens. To many, ILSR is one initiative that they have followed, learned from, and tried to embody. But we are much more than that. We are a network of initiatives with a coherent philosophy and strategy that link all things community – utilities, internet, shopping, banking, trash, recycling, and – the most important part piece – YOU. We need your help to expand our reach and multiply our successes.