Readers’ Choice 2021: Books

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Green Apple Books

(415) 387-2272  •

Green Apple Books in San Francisco was founded in 1967 and has grown 10 times from its original 750 square feet. In a unique offering, each month they select a new book that they love and guarantee their readers will love too. And if you don’t love it, you can get your money back! With a huge selection of new and used books, magazines and music, the store has hosted many authors’ nights and book fairs and also outside events. Three locations: Clement Street in the Richmond and Ninth Avenue in the Inner Sunset, plus Browser Books on Fillmore Street.



Pegasus Books Downtown

(510) 649-1320 •

Berkeley and Oakland are all the better for the likes of Pegasus Books, a popular bookstore whose great selection and service sets a new standard. Pegasus on Solano recently hosted Nayomi Munaweera, author of “Island of a Thousand Mirrors,” who signed copies of her book that are available for purchase, just in time for the holidays.

There are many ways to find and order the perfect book: in-store, online, phone, delivered. Convenient locations with two stores in Berkeley (Solano and Shattuck) and one on College Avenue in Oakland.



Kepler’s Books & Magazines

(650) 324-4321 •

Kepler’s once again is chosen as a favorite for J.’s Readers’ Choice.  Many on the Peninsula call Kepler’s an institution as it’s been a part of Menlo Park since 1955. The store refers to itself as “an intellectual and cultural hub for the Peninsula,” and as times get back to normal, they will again host a full calendar of author events and book club meetings. The formerly family-owned institution, a leader in the paperback revolution, Kepler’s reinvented itself in 2012 by launching its program Kepler’s 2020 with a for-profit bookstore that supports a nonprofit organization offering cultural and educational programming.



Book Passage

(415) 927-0960 •

J. Readers’ Choice Marin winner Book Passage, with a store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, not only features a wide selection of books, it also hosts dozens of author events. An exciting upcoming program of particular interest to J. readers, an in-person event in Corte Madera slated for Dec. 11 at
4 p.m. hosts author Faith Kramer with Tiffany Shlain. Kramer’s book “52 Shabbats” offers numerous ways to spice up your Friday night, with a holistic scope of the Shabbat tradition. Another in-person event features Jodi Picoult, author of “Wish You Were Here,” in conversation with Stephanie Garber. Check the website for tons of online and in-person author events.


Northern California

With nine locations spread throughout NorCal, Copperfield’s is new to the pages of Readers’ Choice and we are happy to have them! The chain offers lots of online events and they now are opening back up to in-person events including bestselling and award-winning author Neal Shusterman, with featured book “Roxy” at the Petaluma store. Author of “The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs” Leslie Kirk Campbell will be in conversation with Scott Landers at the Santa Rosa location in February.  Check out the store; any one of the Copperfield’s is a lovely bookstore to lose yourself in.

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