Bookstore Day set for Saturday

Event celebrates independent booksellers

Special to The TribuneApril 27, 2014 

Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe in Los Osos will participate Saturday in the first California Bookstore Day, a collaboration of the Northern and Southern California independent booksellers associations.

The organizations are promoting it as a statewide party “as big and varied as the state itself. It’s more than 90 stores in more than 80 ZIP codes putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat … (offering) books you cannot get on any other day at any other place.”

A list of participating bookstores is available at cabookstoreday.com.

“It’s a dual celebration for us,” said Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe owner Carroll Leslie. “We are celebrating 35 years in business. I love books and love getting to know my customers and connecting them with a book I think they might like. My philosophy has always been to offer books with independent thought by lesser-known writers and offer local authors a place to sell their books.”

Leslie and Barbara Strauss bought the shop after moving to Los Osos from Laguna Beach, where they had already owned a bookstore. They immediately increased the inventory in Los Osos.

“Barbara and I loved escape literature, and we added philosophy and spiritual books. As the trends changed, we did,” Leslie said. (Strauss died in 2012.)

To compete with nationwide bookstores and Amazon, they added products.

“At one time, there were 14 independent bookstores in the county,” Leslie said. “Now there is Coalesce (bookstore) in Morro Bay and us.”

According to Volumes of Pleasure’s Christine Ahern, the celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with a children’s book corner followed by readings from local authors throughout the afternoon. The event ends at 5:30 p.m.

Participating authors include Anne Allen, Beverly Boyd, Sue McGinty, Carol McPhee, Charlie Perryess and Bonnie Young. Three Sheets to the Wind will perform at 1 p.m., and Hoapili Pomaika’i Aloha is scheduled at 3 p.m.

Allen is the author of seven comic novels, including her latest mystery set in Morro Bay, “No Place Like Home.”

“Independent stores like Volumes of Pleasure can carry books by authors who publish with smaller presses, the way I do,” she said. “Big-box bookstores usually only carry titles published by the big five publishing corporations, who can pay for shelf space. (The local bookstore) is a fantastic resource for readers and writers alike.”

McGinty, author of three mysteries set in Cayucos, Morro Bay and Los Osos, said, “It’s invaluable to have my books in Volumes of Pleasure.”

“Readers often want books with local settings. I write about the Central Coast,” she said, noting that Bella Kowalski, the protagonist in her novel “Murder in Los Lobos,” lives in a fictional version of Los Osos.

For more information, visit www.volumesofpleasurebookshoppe.com.

Judy Salamacha’s column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at judy salamacha@gmail.com or 801-1422.

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