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Your Call: How can we help independent bookstores thrive?

On the April 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the state of independent booksellers. On Saturday, bookstores from Mendocino to Maine will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, with special events and unique publications created to mark the day. The Bay Area has seen a resurgence in independent bookstores, with some local chains growing, while others have closed down. How is your favorite independent bookstore changing? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.


Samantha Schoech, program director of Independent Bookstore Day on May 2

Amy Thomas, owner of Pegasus and Pendragon bookstores in Berkeley and Oakland

Alan Beatts, founder and owner of Borderlands, a bookshop in the Mission district that specializes in science fiction

Web resources:

Independent Bookstore Day

SF Chron: California Bookstore Day Goes Nationwide

The Guardian: Have Borderlands Books in San Francisco hit on a survival formula?

Slate: Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again

NY Times: Assessing the Health of Independent Bookstores