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.
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  • 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)!

Acts of Omission – eBook Edition

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Acts of Omission, the legal thriller written by nationally recognized trial attorney James Bostwick, is available for purchase in eBook format.

The Acts of Omission eBook is an excellent addition to your digital library if you enjoy legal thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and courtroom drama!

In addition to being easier to transport, an eReader allows you to change the font size as well as the background color which is helpful for nighttime reading.

Acts of Omission is loosely based on a San Francisco case James Bostwick tried in 1984 when he went up against one of the country’s most famous attorneys to seek justice for a devastatingly injured teenager.

At its heart, this legal thriller is a soul-searching exploration of the meaning of friendship, love, and loyalty set in the maelstrom of a stunning courtroom battle. Fast-paced, with surprises at every turn, this is a compelling page-turner filled with duplicity, sacrifice, heartache, and bare-knuckle legal brinkmanship. It is a searing tale of a legal system gone awry, where greed and power fight an unending battle against a young lawyer’s willingness to risk everything in his quest for justice.

“Captivating depiction of the triumphs and falls of a trial lawyer. Fascinating story of a complex civil trial, love, scandal, betrayal, and discovering the meaning of success. Highly recommend, one you cannot put down.”

See for yourself why this novel has sold out multiple times, received rave reviews, and was nominated for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Don’t wait any longer, purchase Acts of Omission eBook at any of these sites: Amazon Kindle, Nook by Barnes & Noble, or Google Play eBookstore.

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Acts of Omission Paperback Edition is Now Available

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The paperback edition of Acts of Omission is now available for purchase!

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To celebrate the release, James Bostwick is giving away signed copies. Sign up here to win one of 5 signed paperback editions of Acts of Omission: Paperback Launch Giveaway. Winners will be drawn at random on Friday, June 26th.

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As a voracious reader of legal fiction, James Bostwick decided it was time to write his own novel, one that realistically depicts the difficult choices, high risk, ethical dilemmas, anguish and euphoria of everyday life for civil trial lawyers. Bostwick believes there are a lot of works that reinforce “ambulance chasing” stereotypes and present skewed or false views of the selection and preparation of trials, so after years of pondering writing a novel, he finally wrote Acts of Omission to correct that deficiency. The novel is loosely based on a San Francisco case Bostwick tried in 1984 when he went up against one of the country’s most famous attorneys to seek justice for a devastatingly injured teenager.

Acts of Omission is based in San Francisco, a city Bostwick adores and has lived and worked in for over 40 years. He took great pride in designing a book cover for his new novel that captures the essence of San Francisco. The book cover represents the spectacular sunset views of the Golden Gate from Crissy Field Beach and on the back of the cover, the bustling city streets shine through.

At its heart, this legal thriller is a soul-searching exploration of the meaning of friendship, love, and loyalty set in the maelstrom of a stunning courtroom battle. Fast paced, with surprises at every turn, this is a compelling page-turner filled with duplicity, sacrifice, heartache, and bare-knuckle legal brinksmanship. It is a searing tale of a legal system gone awry, where greed and power fight an unending battle against a young lawyer’s willingness to risk everything in his quest for justice.

See for yourself why this novel has sold out multiple times, received rave reviews, and a nomination for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Buy your copy today!

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.

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Pre-order Acts of Omission Paperback

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acts of omission hardcoverActs of Omission, written by James S. Bostwick, is a searing tale of a legal system gone awry, where greed and power fight an unending battle against a young lawyer’s willingness to risk everything in his quest for justice. 

Acts of Omission 1st edition hardcover, is almost sold out on Amazon.

You can pre-order the paperback, purchase on your kindle, or listen to Acts of Omission on Audible.

 


Reviews include:

“…a masterpiece of courtroom drama…”

“…the best (book) I have read regarding civil trial practice.”

“Witty, suspenseful, and truly engaging.”

“…a book that should be read by every trial lawyer, everyone who wants to be a trial lawyer, and everyone who wonders what it takes to be a trial lawyer.”

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