at The Book Den, Santa Barbara
Pre-release copies of Life: part-time are available right now at The Book Den in downtown Santa Barbara on 15 E Anapamu Street.
The Book Den is the longest-running bookstore in Santa Barbara and one of the oldest bookstores in California. Their bookseller lineage goes back more than one hundred years in California.
The Book Den moved to Santa Barbara in February of 1933 from Oakland, California, where it’s bookseller history dates back to 1902. The current owner, Eric Kelley, purchased The Book Den in April 1979. (The same year as the story of Life: part-time. Nice coincidence.)
When I first moved to Santa Barbara from New York City, The Book Den was my haven for out-of-print books. I grew up in New York buying used and out-of-print books during the last days of Manhattan’s Book Row on 4th Avenue below Union Square. During my first years in Santa Barbara, The Book Den’s densely stocked shop provided a welcome west coast transition for my New York book collecting life.
A full history of The Book Den can be read here.