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Russian-Hill-Bookstore.jpg
2162 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA

Russian Hill Bookstore, established in 1974, is one of the last independently-owned used and new bookstores in San Francisco. We began as Sunset Bookstore in 1974, a small used bookshop servicing the Sunset District west of 19th Avenue, and have been in continual operation for the past 43 years. Over the years Sunset Bookstore has since closed and merged with Russian Hill Bookstore, which has grown to become also the best note card shop in the city, and a favorite place for toys and games for children of all ages.

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680 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

Chronicle Books is an independent publisher based in San Francisco and they’ve been making their mark on our local and global book community since the Summer of Love. Their headquarters in South Beach is located inside an old maritime machine shop and warehouse. There, they have four floors of publishing services and a storefront on the ground floor. You can also find their books and a wide selection from their publishing partners at a second location at the Metreon.

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4102 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

Charlie’s Corner is an independent neighborhood bookstore carrying a wide assortment of children’s and young adult literature. We cater to every child’s needs by providing a rich and dynamic selection of exciting new titles as well as children’s classics that span generations. Through our interactive story times featuring music, food, Spanish, and French storytellers, we hope to help children explore and develop a love for stories in a creative and cozy environment.

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601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

Books Inc. is the West’s oldest independent bookseller – we’ve been around since 1851 – and Opera Plaza is our largest location!

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3515 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Anton Roman began selling books in 1851, but his legendary bookstore didn’t become Books Inc. until 1946. From then on, their history has been defined by their indie character as they fought and survived the expansion of huge national book companies. Today, they operate 11 stores in San Francisco, East Bay and the Peninsula, and have become the West’s oldest independent bookseller.

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2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Anton Roman began selling books in 1851, but his legendary bookstore didn’t become Books Inc. until 1946. From then on, their history has been defined by their indie character as they fought and survived the expansion of huge national book companies. Today, they operate 11 stores in San Francisco, East Bay and the Peninsula, and have become the West’s oldest independent bookseller.

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4033 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA

Perhaps the most stylish bookstore in the city, Black Bird Bookstore is nestled in the Outer Sunset. The bright and modern shop features custom, built-in shelving displaying carefully curated titles covering several genres and topics, and their focus is on quality of books over sheer quantity. They also offer a charming play area for kids and an outdoor garden and shed.

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653 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA

Bird & Beckett Books and Records is a cozy shop in the Glen Park neighborhood where you can shop local authors and artists, participate in poetry open mics, hear live jazz every week, and learn more about The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project. This nonprofit organization presents, documents and archives the creative work of living writers and musicians in the Bay Area.

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3130 24th St, San Francisco CA 94110

Adobe Books opened the doors to their 16th Street Mission District shop in 1989. Almost immediately, it became a haven for artists, musicians, writers, readers, thinkers and locals alike. In 2001, they began the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery to support local artists and in 2012, they moved all of that and their books over to 24th Street. Today, they’re still operating the gallery and still selling books, and in 2018 they hosted 159 public events at no charge to the artists, musicians, poets, writers and thinkers.

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3316 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA, USA

Walden Pond Books in Oakland, CA – The San Francisco East Bay’s finest independent bookstore.

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209 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA

UNITE HERE! Local 2 is the union of 12,000 hospitality workers throughout San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Our members work in hotels, restaurants, clubs, and other food service facilities, providing service to millions of guests every year. Together, we fight to ensure that service workers are treated decently and receive a fair share of the wealth our industry produces.

Towne Center Books.jpg
555 Main St, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Towne Center Books is a locally owned general bookstore, conveniently located on Main Street in Downtown Pleasanton.

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209 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Third Plateau is an impact-oriented strategy firm that partners with the world’s most passionate and daring changemakers to reimagine, expand, and realize their social impact.

The Octopus Literary Salon.jpg
2101 Webster Street at 22nd St. Oakland CA, USA

The Octopus is a literary salon of the 21st Century encouraging the social interaction of readers, writers, & performers of all ages in Uptown Oakland, California.

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2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, USA

The Marsh Cabaret is a bar and performance space attached to The Marsh in Berkeley.

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87 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA, USA

Located in the historic train depot in downtown Mill Valley, The Depot Bookstore and Cafe has been family owned and operated since 1987. A long-time favorite meeting place for Mill Valley locals and visitors, “The Depot” is where the pulse of Mill Valley beats.

Enjoy the warm hometown feeling and friendly atmosphere while shopping for the perfect book or perusing our wide assortment of fashion, news, home, and literary magazines.

Or join us for coffee, a glass of wine, or a meal while taking in Mill Valley’s best people-watching from our outdoor terrace.

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Our beautifully finished theater features natural bamboo walls, plush raised theatrical seating, and carpet made from 100% non-toxic, recycled post-consumer material. The Goldman Theater is ideal for screenings, lectures, author appearances, forums, and awards ceremonies. Key features include a motorized retractable screen, hi-definition digital video, custom designed sound reinforcement by Meyer Sound, and wall-mounted touch-screen audio/video and lighting controls.

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1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA

The Booksmith has been the indie book headquarters of Haight-Ashbury for more than 40 years. Since 2007, the store has been owned and operated by Christin Evans and her husband who also revamped the famous Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. Driven by the mission to reestablish bookshops as community gathering places, The Booksmith team has created an event venue, a second home, a book-loving community and so much more.

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80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA

BookShop West Portal is a locally-owned, independent bookstore located in the heart of the West Portal neighborhood, just one block down from the West Portal MUNI Station and right across from the Empire Movie Theatre.

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1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Bindery is a books and events space established by The Booksmith at 1727 Haight Street. Stay tuned for updates.

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