Black Lives Matter

Dear Reader,

Our letters over the last two months have been focused on the coronavirus.  Now we are dealing with a centuries-old plague that has never been successfully defeated in our country – structural racism.  The video of George Floyd’s death under the hands and knees of three Minneapolis policemen has traumatized a nation not because it is new, but because it is so vividly horrific, pornographic, and obscene that anyone who sees it clearly experiences the cold-eyed, heartless violence that has been visited on black bodies and souls for 500 years.

Store Update as of May 21st

Dear Reader,

Hope you are well!

We are exceptional at recommending; offer a wondrous selection of books; have both print and digital gift certificates; wrap, ship, and special order.  Please make use of this community resource so that we can help you for years to come.

Humor, music, and entertainment have helped to sustain us through all of this, as they have humans since time immemorial!  Art too, let's please not forget art – in all of its forms. 

Store Update as of May 10th

Dear Reader,

Hope you are well!

Now that we are in the initial part of Stage 2 of the state’s Covid Response, we wanted to update you on how things are doing at our store.  We are open 10-3 from Monday through Saturday for recommendations, orders, and purchases.  We are not open for browsing, however. 

It is best to order, and pay for, books in advance of picking them up.  We still have limited staffing at the store and are doing our best to provide the professional bookselling to which you’ve become accustomed. 

Happy 90th Birthday Gary Snyder!

Today -- May 8, 2020 -- is poet, essayist, and climate justice advocate Gary Snyder's birthday! Please enjoy this special video of our very own, John Evans, reading a small excerpt of Gary's work and join us in wishing Gary Snyder a wonderful 90th birthday by posting your own videos on social media reading a favorite work by Snyder - whether that's a poem, a stanza, or even a brief passage of prose! Be sure to use #GarySnyder90 and tag us (@dieselbookstore/@dieseldelmar) and Counterpoint Press (@counterpointpress).

Announcing new Features, Archives, and more!

Please check out our virtual browsing feature (missing the serendipity of discovering a book in physical space?) by clicking either of the store buttons above! We'll be building this out in sections as we photograph the store. We also have video staff recommendations compiled here, on facebook, and featured on instagram story highlights. And while you're at it, celebrate National Poetry Month with us by checking out readings from years past! 

March 29th Update

Dear Reader,

We hope that you are all home, healthy and balancing the need to know the news with the need to tend your hearts and souls and those around you.

As you know, we are providing daily recommendations of books over the phone and via email.  We are also mailing your online orders from our warehouse.  The warehouse was overwhelmed this past week and so you may have had a delay in receiving your orders.  By all reports, they are all caught up and hopefully things will proceed more smoothly on that front.


Updated Store Hours March 16th - 22nd (10 am - 6 pm)


Dear Reader,

We share your concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic and how to respond to these concerns in our day-to-day lives.  At the store, we are doing all the recommended actions to keep the store and ourselves clean and healthy.