April 30th is Independent Bookstore day and several local stores plan to celebrate books, authors and the booksellers who make the magic come to life. There are 400 stores nationwide participating this year. California can claim 80 of them.
Each participating store is hosting its own activities and specials on the day of the event. Booksellers participating in Oakland include:
- Walden Pond Books, 3316 Grand Ave.
- Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave
- Pegasus, 5560 College Ave.
- Pegasus’ two Berkeley stores at 1855 Solano Ave. and 2349 Shattuck Ave, are also planning events
- Laurel Books, 1423 Broadway
At Diesel, the Dusty Case Duo will entertain shoppers from 5-7 p.m. Diesel makes its home in a remodeled bowling alley and has been open since 1989. Their website claims that, “Bookstores are unique places in the chaos and hubbub of our modern times. They are places where you can come to disconnect, relax, and enjoy a moment of silence, yet simultaneously they are also places you can come to feel more engaged with and informed about the world around you.”
Luan Stauss, the bookseller/owner of Laurel Books moved into their historic location a year and a half ago. The landmark building located across from City Hall in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza is a 1905 Lionel J. Wilson flatiron building. Stauss says she has several things planned for the celebration- including a special merchandise sale for that day only and drawings for prizes every hour. Laurel Books sells books, cards, coloring and sketch books and the fancy pens that go with them. “We plan to have pages to color of Oakland sites and landmarks,” said Stauss.
On Saturday Laurel Books will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“I am glad to be the only general interest bookstore right in the downtown,” says Stauss. “We have every kind of customer, from government workers to people just enjoying the open space/park atmosphere of the plaza.”
“Since May 4th is Oakland’s 164th birthday, we are working on more special surprises,” to celebrate that event as well. There is going to be an expo out in the plaza that day in conjunction with Older Americans Month so the bookstore will be right in the heart of the activity.
You can find a list of independent bookstores planning events for the 30th at www.indiebookstore.com.
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