Locally owned Santa Cruz bookstores

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By mfitzsimmons on February 27, 2011 at 12:04 am

Borders-Books, Music and Movies in Santa Cruz is closing shop after the company filed for bankruptcy. It occupied a prime retail spot on Pacific Ave., but once April rolls around, or it’s reduced-price books run out, Borders will be gone for good.

While it was never the most loved bookstore in Santa Cruz, it was certainly the most popular, especially for travelers unfamiliar with the locally owned bookstores that Santa Cruzans pride themselves on. Here’s a run down on the Street View of Bookshop Santa Cruzlocal shops where you can pick up a new beach read or a zine for the flight home.

Bookshop Santa Cruz: Their motto is “Your Independent Bookstore. Since 1966!” Bookshop Santa Cruz, located at 1520 Pacific Avenue, next to Chocolate restaurant, doesn’t carry as many books as Borders, but it’s selection is definitely more refined. The staff is very knowledgeable (I’ve never not been able to track down a title with their help) and often makes excellent recommendations. (831) 423-0900.

Logos Books & Records: Logos sells tons of popular and lesser-known titles at greatly reduced prices. That’s because most of their books are pre-owned. Members of the community sell or trade in their used books, and then Logos turns around and resells them. I especially love finding classics like Tolstoy and Shakespeare for under $10. They also sell records and have a selection that rivals most music stores. 1117 Pacific Avenue. (831) 427-5100.

Literary Guillotine: This place is a Santa Cruz staple. At 204 Locust Street, it’s not in main downtown Santa Cruz, which plays well into it’s welcoming hole-in-the-wall ambiance.  Probably the first thing you’ll notice are the stacks and

Books stacked and full bookshelves

Inside of the Literary Guillotine

stacks of books on the floor and the burgeoning shelves. For a small space, the Guillotine fills every inch with new, used and rare works. (831) 457-1195.

Capitola Book Cafe: CBC is not technically in Santa Cruz, but it’s worth including here because of the illustrious authors and personalities it regularly hosts for readings, talks and signings. I recently saw Amy Goodman, host of the Democracy Now! radio program and a key member of the American media. David Sedaris, Jonathan Franzen and Isabelle Allende are just a few of the writers who drop in at Capitola Book Cafe. Besides selling books, CDs and DVDs, as the name suggests, a cafe serves Santa Cruz Roasting Co. coffee and tasting treats to keep your belly full while you devour the written word. 1475 41st Ave # G, Capitola. (831) 462-4415.

Tags: Bookshop Santa Cruz, Border Books Music and Movies, Capitola Book Cafe, Literary Guillotine, Logos Books and Records, Santa Cruz


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