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Bancroft Library Berkeley California

The primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library houses more than 600,000 volumes, 60...

The Steinbeck House Salinas California

Built in 1897 and restored in 1973, this Queen Anne Victorian served as the birthplace and childhood home of John Steinbeck. Today, the house is...

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Carmel California

Robinson Jeffers built Tor House and Hawk Tower as a home and refuge for himself and his family.  It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all...

Moe's Books Berkeley California

Founded in 1959, Moe's Books is an independent bookstore and online bookseller that allows visitors to buy, trade, and sell new, used, and out-of-...

Bookshop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz California

Founded in 1966, Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large, general independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California. ...

BookSmart Morgan Hill California

BookSmart is a 10,000 square foot independent bookstore that sells books and educational toys, greeting cards, magazines, coffee, ice cream, candy...

Diesel Bookstore Oakland California

Diesel is an independent neighborhood bookstore that hosts regular author events. The store also has branches in Larkspur and Santa Monica,...

The Avid Reader Davis California

The Avid Reader comprises a pair of general-interest independent bookstores located in both downtown Davis, California and in Sacramento,...

Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center Venice California

Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center is located in the Old Town Hall in Venice, California, near the Pacific Ocean. Programs...

Eugene O'Neill's Tao House Danville California

In 1974, the Eugene O'Neill Foundation saved Tao House in Danville, California, from a wrecker's ball then raised funds to secure the site where O...

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