Book Passage Bookstore
51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera 94925
10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday
"The Bay Area's Liveliest Bookstore."
It's nice to arrive at Book Passage late in the morning. This allows time to browse in the Bookstore and Cafe before lunch. Browsing begins when you walk in the door. There are newspapers, magazines, and a display featuring the books of authors who will visit soon. To your right you'll find a generous fiction section with well-selected titles. Wicker chairs, with soft pillows, are placed around the store, perfect for relaxing while perusing your "maybe I'll purchase" books. The Bookstore and Cafe offers other subjects as well, including poetry, cookbooks, essays, decorating, biography, and a well-stocked children's area.
Book Passage spoils readers with the many readings and classes they sponsor each year. The monthly events list is always impressive. For instance, in May 2005, readers can listen to Khalid Hosseini, Alice Walker, Karen Joy Fowler, Monica Ali, Thomas Moore, Diane Ackerman, Alexandra Fuller, and many others. A number of classes and workshops are offered each month. Yearly conferences attract crowds, including the Mystery Conference held in July and the Travel Writers and Photographers Conference held in August.
When it's time to take a break, order lunch in the tiny cafe. They offer a tasty selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, bakery goods, coffee, tea, etc. It's pleasant to sit outside on a warm day, slowly eating lunch while reading a good book or discussing one with a friend.
Then it's back to browsing in Book Passage Part 2 across the walkway. It also offers many temptations, including books about gardening, nature, and sports, along with a generous choice of mysteries. There are sale books and a small selection of used books, including some rare and collectible volumes. What I love most about Book Passage Part 2, though, are the travel books, the books at the heart of Book Passage. Four bookshelves are dedicated to California and the Bay Area. Other bookshelves transport you from places nearby to the farthest reaches of the world. Guidebooks, maps, and travel literature all tempt. In the back of the store is the writer's room where many of the classes and workshops are held.
Before leaving Book Passage, be sure and pick up their newsletter, Book Passage News and Review. It's an excellent publication, sharing book news and the schedule of author readings, classes, workshops, and conferences for both the Corte Madera Store and their new store in San Francisco's Ferry Building.
As might be expected, Book Passage has an outstanding website. Visit it often for book news, author interviews, a calendar of events, access to the newsletter, etc.