While spending time in northern California this summer I visited several bookshops and had the opportunity to meet with several booksellers. One of the many benefits of being in northern California was the number of good bookstores to visit.
The Copperfield’s stores in Healdsburg, Sebastopol and San Rafael were the shops I got to visit most frequently. Along with front tables that highlight a broad selection of titles the Healdsburg store has two cats in residence that add even more charm. I was busy petting them and forgot to get their picture. And all of the stores have a very tempting selection of remainder books. The café in the San Rafael store provided a comfortable spot to watch the foot traffic and grab a bite to eat.
I was able to do a bit of sightseeing and found our way to Pointe Reyes National Seashore. The shore was stunning. The town of Pointe Reyes Station is home to Pointe Reyes Books. This is an absolutely charming shop that calls for browsing and of course, buying more books.
A day in San Francisco had me exploring Green Apple Books, Books, Inc on Market Street, and City Lights. I had the very good fortunate to meet with Pete Mulvihill, one of the owners of Green Apple Books. And since I arrived as the store was opening I witnessed the daily rolling out of the book carts onto the sidewalk. Pete was kind enough to provide feedback on how the Foundation can continue to raise awareness. However, I already have another bookstore on my list for a return visit. I was not able to make it to Green Apple Books on the Park, so will have to stop by on my next visit.
Ken White, who volunteers on our Program committee and is a manager at Books Inc. on Market Street joined me for lunch. And twice he provided me directional guidance – once to see the newly installed sidewalk tributes in The Castro, and once to point me in the correct direction for my next appointment. Thanks to Ken I made it on time to join Anne Kubek, Binc Chair for a meeting at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.
No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to City Lights. Not only did I visit this iconic store, but also met Elaine Katzenberger, Executive Director. Elaine generously shared her ideas on how to help move the Foundation forward. And after the meeting there was some serious browsing and shopping.
As we continue to look for ways to improve our programs and expand awareness I will be visiting more cities, and more stores. Hope to be in your city soon!
Post by Pam French, Executive Director, Binc Foundation