In 2001, we realized a long time dream of owning a community-serving business. We purchased the Brown Study Bookshop, a sleepy, used bookstore in Point Reyes Station, a small coastal village about an hour north of San Francisco, and opened Point Reyes Books. We see ourselves as more than a bookstore—we're part of a growing movement of independent businesses across the nation creating local, "living economies" and seeking a “living return”—one partially paid by the benefits of living and working in a vibrant community and taking part in sustaining community vitality, the local economy, and the natural environment.
By such measurements of success, Point Reyes Books is doing quite well. In the last year alone, we sponsored more than fifty events that brought our town ogether and drew visitors to our midst. We hosted an array of authors, artists, workshops, and festivities, including the Wild Book Show, benefiting Artists in the Schools; The Geography of Hope, a conference featuring world-renowned authors to benefit Writers in the Schools. We co-founded the West Marin Review, a homegrown literary and arts journal that celebrates the abundance and traditions of our corner of the world.
Next time you find yourself on Main Street in Point Reyes Station we hope you'll stop by Point Reyes Books. And we hope you'll support your favorite independent bookstore and locally owned businesses wherever you may live.