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Books of the Month

A young Palestinain-American girl embraces Islam to find herself amongst family turmoil and tragedy. I loved this book!
The Beauty of Your Face
A candid account of the fancy and frenzy of Guerneville in the 70's and 80's.
River Days, River Nights
A swirling portrait of a damned Mexican Village. A witch is dead and all of the villagers are investigating the murder.
Hurricane Season
Absolutely brilliant. Fizzes with energy-and with raunchiness, color , beauty and insight.
Irish Examiner
Iron Annie
A YA novel that is perfect for adults as well. Petra Planned to be a storyteller like her grandmother, but earth is in danger of being destroyed as a comet is heading its way.
The Last Cuentista
An utterly absorbing piece of noir fiction.
Secret Identity
Deftly mix[es] research and reimagining.
The New York Times Book Review
The Art of Losing
I couldn’t put this book down. A masterfully written tale of an interpreter at The Hague who is interpreting the case of an African head of state accused of heinous crimes against his people.
Michael (proprietor)
Intimacies
Toni Morrison called novelist and poet Henry Dumas an “absolute genius.” An important collection of the black experience in the United States.
Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction
A slow burning mystery with murder, romance, and family dysfunction. What more can you want?
The Kingdom

Books Black History Month

Solitary: A Biography

Solitary: A Biography

Albert Woodfox
Another Country

Another Country

James Baldwin
A Little Devil in America

A Little Devil in America

Hanif Abdurraqib
The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Passing

Passing

Nella Larsen
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Jayne Allen
The Prophets

The Prophets

Robert Jones Jr.
You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

Zora Neale Hurstona, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Genevieve West

What’s New on our Shelves

Blithedale Canyon

Blithedale Canyon

Michael Bourne
Sea of Tranquility

Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel
The Trayvon Generation

The Trayvon Generation

Elizabeth Alexander
 Time Is A Mother

Time Is A Mother

Ocean Vuong
Constructing a Nervous System

Constructing a Nervous System

Margo Jefferson
The Candy House

The Candy House

Jennifer Eagan
Little Foxes Took Up Matches

Little Foxes Took Up Matches

Katya Kazbek
Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens

Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens

Corey Van Landingham
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha

Peter Coyote
Never Simple

Never Simple

Liz Scheier
Lessons from the Edge

Lessons from the Edge

Marie Yovanovitch
Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation

Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation

Hannah Gadsby
Punch Me Up to the Gods

Punch Me Up to the Gods

Brian Broome
In the Margins. On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

In the Margins. On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

Elena Ferrante
The Torqued Man

The Torqued Man

Peter Mann
The Emergency

The Emergency

Thomas Fisher

Free English Classes

Starting January 10, we will be teaching FREE English As a Second Language classes to the local community. Classes are for beginners to intermediate and will be every Monday from 5:30 to 7pm at Books & Letters!

Empezando en Enero 10, daremos clases gratuitas de Inglés para los residentes de nuestra comunidad. Las clases son para nivel principiante o nivel intermedio y tendrán lugar cada Lunes de 5:30 a 7pm en la misma tienda de Books & Letters!

Coffee Table Books

Octopus Seahorse Jellyfish

Octopus Seahorse Jellyfish

Rock The Boat

Rock The Boat

We Are Everywhere

We Are Everywhere

A Decade Of Men’s Street Style

A Decade Of Men’s Street Style

Homes for Nomads: Interiors of the Well-Travelled

Homes for Nomads: Interiors of the Well-Travelled

Curved: Bending Architecture

Curved: Bending Architecture

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

The Hinterland: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-Outs

The Hinterland: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-Outs

Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

What's Cooking?

The-Modern-Tiffin

The-Modern-Tiffin

Priyanka Naik
Cheese, Sex, Death

Cheese, Sex, Death

Erika Kubick
Take One Fish

Take One Fish

Josh Niland
Baking With Dorie

Baking With Dorie

Dorie Greenspan
Portugal: The Cookbook

Portugal: The Cookbook

Leandro Carreira
Pasta

Pasta

Missy Robins and Talia Baiocchi
The Flexible Baker

The Flexible Baker

Jo Pratt
Korean American

Korean American

Eric Kim
The Pendleton Field Guide to Campfire Cooking

The Pendleton Field Guide to Campfire Cooking

Pendleton Woolen Mills
Guerrilla Tacos

Guerrilla Tacos

Wesley Avila, Richard Parks III
The Saffron Tales

The Saffron Tales

Dr Yasmin Khan
Cooking For Your Kids

Cooking For Your Kids

Joshua David Stein
A Good Day to Bake

A Good Day to Bake

Benjamina Ebuehi
One Pot One Planet: A Greener Way To Cook for You and Your Family

One Pot One Planet: A Greener Way To Cook for You and Your Family

Anna Jones
The Arabesque Table

The Arabesque Table

Reem Kassis
101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You

101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You

Jet Tila

Take a look at our used books

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Books for Children & Young Adult

Two Grooms on A Cake

Two Grooms on A Cake

Rob Sanders
Robbie Cathro
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodbye?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodbye?

Jane Yolen
Mark Teague
The Gardener Of Alcatraz

The Gardener Of Alcatraz

Emma Bland Smith
Jenn Ely
This Is A School

This Is A School

John Schu Illustrations
Veronica Miller Jameson
New Kid

New Kid

Jerry Craft
Troublemaker

Troublemaker

John Cho
Skandar And The Unicorn Thief

Skandar And The Unicorn Thief

A.F. Steadman
Family of Liars

Family of Liars

E. Lockhart
Hotel Magnifique

Hotel Magnifique

Emily J. Taylor
The Happiest Tree

The Happiest Tree

Uma Krishnaswami
Ruth Jeyaveeran

Upcoming Events & Readings

Books & Letters Events

Thursday
May
26
11:00 am
Reading with Roberta Llewellyn

Reading with Roberta Llewellyn

Lost Angels Coming Home is a mystical and at times gut-wrenching tale of a woman in Northern California looking back on a montage of her life as she returns to the Lost Coast to reunite with her son and his wife who grieve the loss of their daughter. 

Bay Area writer Roberta Llewellyn will read from her novel Lost Angels Coming Home.

Saturday
May
28
7:00 pm
Reading & Talk with Abstract Artist and Writer Carolyn Wayland

Reading & Talk with Abstract Artist and Writer Carolyn Wayland

Abstract Artist, and now Guerneville, local Carolyn Wayland will read from her book Painting the Cosmos:  A Metaphysical Universe and discuss her inspirations and process. 

‘’ My Paintings are about relating to the universe with all its wonders and its enigmas, both literally and metaphysically.  For both the viewer and the artist, I envision painting as  meditation.” -Carolyn Wayland 

Abstract Artist, and now Guerneville, local Carolyn Wayland will read from her book Painting the Cosmos: A Metaphysical Universe and discuss her inspirations and process. 

Thursday
Jun
23
7:00 pm
Reading with Mark Abramson

Reading with Mark Abramson

Join us for a reading with San Francisco writer Mark Abramson from his incredibly popular book River Days River Nights: True Gay Adventures from the Russian River 1976-1984. Mark will read from his book and follow with a Q & A about his experience as a gay writer through both the AIDS and Covid pandemics.

Join us for a reading with San Francisco writer Mark Abramson from his incredibly popular book River Days River Nights: True Gay Adventures from the Russian River 1976-1984.

Thursday
Jun
9
7:00 pm
The Guerneville and Russian River GLBT Story: A Talk with Gerry Takano

The Guerneville and Russian River GLBT Story: A Talk with Gerry Takano

Learn about the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender history of Guerneville and the Russian River, as well as the work that still  needs to be done to explore, initiate, and promote our GLBT History. 

Gerry Takano was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He studied architecture in New York and worked in the Boston Region. While with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Gerry organized the first of its kind national conference, Looking Back and Forward: Significant Places of the GLBT Community held in San Francisco in 2001, 

Learn about the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender history of Guerneville and the Russian River, as well as the work that still needs to be done to explore, initiate, and promote our GLBT History. 

Sunday
Jul
10
7:00 pm
Reading with Michael Bourne

Reading with Michael Bourne

Come hear Michael Bourne read from his debut novel Blithedale Canyon, out July 1st from Regal House Publishing. Already named a “Most Anticipated” book by The Millions, Blithedale Canyon is set in the gentrifying suburbs of Marin County at the turn of the millennium. The novel paints a richly tragicomic portrait of twenty-something life on the brink of rock bottom. 

Come hear Michael Bourne read from his debut novel Blithedale Canyon.

Every town needs and deserves a bookstore.

Russian River Books & Letters was born In December of 2021 to fulfill that need and create a gathering place for bibliophiles, writers, or just anyone who wants to hang out and browse. Stay tuned for special events including music, readings, book clubs, and writing workshops.

Please come in and say hello if you are Russian River local or just staying with us for a few days. We look forward to seeing you soon.