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Take a listen to a great podcast called Books Are My People with Jennifer Caloyeras, featuring John Evans, co-owner of Diesel Bookstore, as he talks about selling his independent bookstore, what he'll miss most and how books help us deal with difficult subjects such as war.  

Thanks to San Diego Magazine for featuring Bookseller picks from local Bookstores!

Check out the whole article here or see below for picks from Diesel, co-owner, John Evans.


Poet Akbar has written a startling novel with the whole world packed in it. Imaginative and deeply felt, it embraces a wild love of art, language, and the ways we humans create meaning.”
“This new book from one of North America’s finest fiction writers is a beautiful, sweeping, and intimate novel of heart, compassion, mystery, and wisdom. This one is a treasure in its form, its reach, and its artistry.”


The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett Courtesy of AmazonThe Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett

“When a strange death occurs in the Empire’s backwater, it takes a pair of strangers to get to the bottom of what happened. Din, a boy with an eidetic memory, is assigned to be the assistant to Ana Dolabra, an investigator so blindingly brilliant, she literally blindfolds herself. Casually weird and incredibly fun for it, this is like if Knives Out took place in the world of Perdido Street Station.”



2024 San Diego Bookstore recommendation: Imagination: A Manifesto by Ruha Benjamin
“A kind of Braiding Sweetgrass for human society, Benjamin’s book embraces, highlights, celebrates imagination as a force to reckon with. Filled with visionary examples and strategies, this is the empowering we individually and collectively need to transform our human world into what it can be.”




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Tuesday January 8th at 6 pm

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Now Open in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center! 

DIESEL booksellers with our first customer!


By KAREN BILLING via Del Mar Times


Readers rejoice: A book store is returning to Del Mar Highlands Town Center with DIESEL, A Bookstore.

It’s been five years since Barnes & Noble closed after 21 years when the center renovations began, a heartbreaker for both the community and the center owner. Donahue Schriber Realty Group pledged to bring back a book store when the expansion was complete and they are delivering on that promise with DIESEL, a longtime California indie book store that also has a location in Brentwood.

“A bookstore has been the number one request from our customers for a number of years. We are thrilled to have a long-established independent bookstore join the center”, said Patrick Donahue, chairman and CEO of Donahue Schriber Realty Group. “Diesel’s new Del Mar Highlands location will be a great addition to the community.”







Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

Monday and Tuesday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00pm

Holiday Hours:

December 24th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

December 25th and 26th: store closed 

December 31st: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

January 1st: store closed 

Contact us:

By phone: (858) 925-7078
By email:

We are located at: 
Del Mar Highlands Town Center

12843 El Camino Real, Suite 104

San Diego, CA 92130

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