The Best Bookstores Across The Bay Area

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If you’re someone who still values the environment of a bookstore, we’ve got the best for you. 

There’s nothing like the peace and quiet that comes with finding your new favorite book at a bookstore. Although the internet doesn’t require you to leave your own home, at a brick and mortar bookstore you can sit down and read the synopsis of several (usually with a freshly made coffee), meet your favorite author for a book signing, or meet people with the same interests when you find them in your favorite genre aisle. 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best bookstores across San Francisco and the Bay Area here: 

Book Passage

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA
Open 10 AM- 5 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM- 5 PM Saturday, 11 AM- 5 PM Sunday

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The “Bay Area’s Liveliest Bookstore” earned its name from hosting a broad spectrum of events every year. From children’s books to book groups and writer’s organizations, every reader or writer will find an event for them. 

The Booksmith

1727 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 
Open daily from 12-6 PM.

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This woman-owned bookstore is located in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. They have many in-person, and now virtual, events you can attend, and their employees are bound to help you pick out your new favorite book. 

Sausalito Books by the Bay

100 Bay Street, Sausalito, CA 94965
Open daily Mon.– Fri. 11 AM – 7 PM, Sat. & Sun. 10 AM – 7 PM

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This bookstore, opened by a local resident, has an expansive section focusing on maritime and nautical reads. It also has a great selection of local authors. This bookstore is specially curated for the community, and its employees have over 30 years of experience.

Dog Eared Books

900 Valencia St. , San Francisco, CA 94110
Open Daily 10 AM- 10 PM.

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Dog Eared Books was established in 1992 and has been distributing many different genres, crowds, and puppy sightings ever since.  You’ll also find books from a lot of local Bay Area writers (like James Bostwick). 

The Henry Miller Library

48603 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11-5 PM. 

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This memorial library opened in 1981. Not only can you read and buy books at this serene library, but you can also host or attend a private event. They feature Big Sur authors and have had performances from some of the most notable musical artists (Red Hot Chili Peppers and more). 

City Lights Bookstore

261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Open Daily from 12-8 PM. 

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City Lights Bookstore was America’s first all paperback bookstore. It was established in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, both poets. It now offers all kinds of books, genres, and events dedicated to the knowledge of art, history, music and more. 

Bell’s Books

536 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA 94301
Open Daily 11 AM- 5 PM.

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Bell’s Books was established in 1935. It is a family-owned independent bookstore and has bay area residents raving about their rare book selection and signed copies. Bell’s Books has two stories of a wide variety of genres (everything including children’s books). 

Here are some great ways to support Acts of Omission AND your local bookstore!

  • Shop in-store.
  • Pre-order releases.
  • Purchase an audiobook through Libro.fm
  • Shop online through your local bookstore.
  • Buy gift cards.
  • Engage with your favorite bookstore on social media, and spread the word!

Two of James Bostwick’s favorite local bookstores are included on this list (Book Passage and Sausalito Books by the Bay)  so if you swing by, you could potentially run into him! Check out the bookstores on this list, or if you’re not from the Bay Area, take a trip to your local bookstore and purchase Acts of Omission in stores (or through the bookstores’ websites)!

Support Local Bookstores This Holiday Season

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This holiday season it’s more important than ever that we support our local independent bookstores.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they are the anchor to a community where friends gather and out of towners come to visit. They spur ideas and creativity and range from quiet places where perusing is a day well spent to lively performance spaces.

There are many ways to support your local bookstore:

Shop Online: Use this handy bookstore finder from IndieBound.org to find a local bookstore to support. You can also shop online at Bookshop.org, an online bookstore that financially supports local, independent bookstores. Acts of Omission is available in paperback, and you can choose which independent bookstore you’d like to support.

Buy Gift Cards: You can’t go wrong buying a bookstore gift card for someone you care about! Call or go online and purchase gift cards from your local bookstore.

Enjoy Audiobooks through Libro.fm: One of the best ways to get audiobooks is through Libro.fm because each purchase directly supports an independent bookstore of your choice! And, of course, if you enjoy legal thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and courtroom drama, Acts of Omission is available as an audiobook!

Pre-order, Pre-order, Pre-order: Pre-ordering a book helps bookstores know what you want to read so that they can order it, have it in stock, and in your hot hands as soon as it’s released. When you pre-order, it also lets publishers know that there is a demand for an author’s work –  a win, win all around!

Engage with bookstores on Social Media: Follow independent bookstores on social media and sign up for their newsletters. Get updates on book releases, virtual events, giveaways, and more. Then recommend that others shop at their local store as well. Tag independent bookstores in your Instagram Story, share virtual events on Facebook and Twitter, and revisit bookstore events you’ve loved by sharing photos are all great ways to show your support.

Donate to Binc Foundation: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation helps booksellers impacted by financial emergencies and is currently helping booksellers affected by COVID-19. If you’re able to, consider donating to the foundation to support booksellers during this difficult time.

James Bostwick continues to support his favorite local San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores Book Passage and Sausalito Books by the Bay, and thanks you for supporting yours!

Acts of Omission Libro.fm Audiobook Facebook Contest Winners

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Congratulations to the following Acts of Omissions Libro.fm audiobook winners:

  1. Pat Fayo – the top winner, also receiving the 12-month membership to Libro.fm
  2. Lisa Murray
  3. Cheryl Valdes
  4. Sandra Christine Lopez
  5. Marilyn Lauria
  6. Linda Holm
  7. Laurie Kereluk
  8. Linda Dreher
  9. Doreen Lamar
  10. Jean Frederickson

Make sure to check your emails for an email from actsofomissionbook@gmail.com. Message us on Facebook if you did not receive the email and we will send you the one-time use code.

Libro.fm is a site that makes it possible for you to purchase audiobooks from your local bookstore. You can purchase books à la carte if you are an occasional listener, or become a member at the same monthly cost as others and your first audiobook is free.

Enjoy listening to the legal thriller narrated by award-winner Roger Wayne!

When you are finished listening to (or reading) Acts of Omission, please leave a review at any of the following sites, as James Bostwick loves to hear from all the readers: AmazonAudible, and Goodreads.

For updates on the novel, giveaways, sequels, and more follow us on our social media channels Facebook and Instagram.

Listen Up! Acts of Omission Audiobook Now Available

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Acts of Omission is now widely available in audiobook format through Audible and Libro.fm, an audiobook website that directly supports local bookstores.

If you enjoy legal thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and courtroom drama this is the audiobook for you!

Audiobook popularity is on the rise and it’s now easier than ever to find an audiobook that you’ll love! Listening to an audiobook helps time fly while road tripping, walking, jogging, biking, washing dishes, cleaning the house, or simply relaxing. And let’s be real, sometimes it’s just nice to sit back, relax and tune out what’s happening around us.

Acts of Omission audiobook is narrated by the amazing Roger Wayne, who also voiced The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, which received an award for the best audiobook of 2017. Wayne is known for his poignant, down-to-earth, and at times hilarious delivery of the author’s words.

Wayne’s narration of Acts of Omission has already received rave reviews (over 425 reviews with a 4.4 out of 5.0 rating overall). Most listeners can’t believe it’s a debut novel, and are looking forward to the sequel. Here are a few reviews that sum up what listeners think…

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Acts of Omission is also available in print and e-book format. You can purchase all versions of the book by visiting the Acts of Omission website. For updates on the novel, giveaways, sequels, and more follow us on our social media channels Facebook and Instagram.

Meet Roger Wayne – Narrator of Acts of Omission

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Roger Wayne narrator of Acts of Omission

Acts of Omission’s audiobook has gotten rave reviews, in part due to the amazing narrator, Roger Wayne. Roger has narrated close to 200 audiobooks and has received glowing reviews for his work. His audiobook, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck,” by Author Mark Manson, received an award for the best audiobook of 2017, in its category of self-development, as the audible editors acknowledged his poignant, down-to-earth, and at times hilarious delivery of the author’s words.

Roger tells us about narrating Acts of Omission:

“As a narrator, when I’m contracted to voice a title that’s considered to be ‘on the longer end’ (14-15 hrs. or so) in length, I tend to go in knowing that no matter how much I try, there are sections of that book that frankly, in my experience, just won’t be as compelling . . . UNLESS it’s in the hands of a skilled writer and not one word is wasted, but is necessary to bring to life even more, a great story. And that’s what James Bostwick did with Acts of Omission.”

He continues saying, “You have this large handful of compelling characters all throughout, on both sides of the story, each one with a unique personality, where the climax ends up in a courtroom drama. As a voice actor, you don’t get much of a better gig than that. Jim made my job easier to where I could find the right voice for these characters immediately; nothing floundered. He had not only built the raft but installed a full bar and large motor to it with a full tank of gas, then pulled me up out of the water to enjoy the ride; all I had to do was start the engine. (That’s what it’s like to narrate the words of a great storyteller.)

Not only that but as the story progressed and getting into the heated exchanges between prosecution and defense, that was a blast. But honestly, the entire experience was enjoyable. I didn’t have to wait until the ending courtroom arguments where the energy is high, to enjoy telling this story. I was excited to get to that point, but building up to it was equally immersive. From voicing Matt’s side and his relationship with those close to him personally and professionally, and his heart-wrenching case, to Salvatore and his associates, I loved it.

I’ve done close to 200 audiobooks, and Acts of Omission is a riveting courtroom saga and wonderful underdog tale, that is one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure of voicing. And the best of its kind that I’ve done. I only hope one day I can watch the film version.”

About Roger Wayne:

After serving in South Korea as a Broadcast Journalist in the United States Air Force, Minnesota-native Roger Wayne earned an acting scholarship and graduated with honors from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He began performing on the stage doing Shakespeare and contemporary plays as a teenager before joining the military, which led to the beginning of his career in the Twin Cities, performing in several stage productions, short films, and commercials, and studying acting at the prestigious Guthrie Theater. In 2012, Wayne moved to New York City, where he now resides, working in Film, TV, Theater, & Voice, which in particular has been a tremendous staple in his career, as voice work has been a passion of his for over 20 years. That passion led to roles on stage, and eventually the world of film.

Click to purchase the Acts of Omission audiobook at Audible by Amazon or from your local bookstore on Libro.fm.