We are open for walk-in shopping but limiting to six customers. You may need to wait outside if we are at capacity or have an appointment inside the store. Masks will be required inside the store (we have disposables if you need), and we ask that you maintain a 6-foot separation from other shoppers who are outside of your bubble.
Nothing beats the experience of coming into our bookstore, but if you either don’t live in Sacramento or don’t want to come in, we make it easy to find everything we’re carrying in the shop — and 12 million books in print — in our online store. We offer curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping nationwide.
If you want to get out of the house and come down to our store, we’re offering no-contact curbside pickup. You can pull up in front of the Crest Theater (off of the light rail tracks/yellow area) and call 916-492-6657. We’ll run your bag out to your car. Or come into the store to pick up. You do NOT need an appointment to pick up your order.
Effective 8/25/20: We offer free delivery if you are within a 4-mile radius of the store with purchase of $25 or more. There will be a $2 fee for Sacramento neighborhoods outside of 4 miles (fee waived for orders totaling more than $35). Expect limited delivery days to Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, and Elk Grove. No coded/gated apartments, please.
Orders under $30 and under 15 lbs ship for free throughout the U.S.
During this social-distancing time, it’ll be like having one of us in your back pocket. Think of us as your mobile book concierge. You’ll reach Ross or Heidi, and if we can’t recommend a book, we’ll tap into our staff who specialize in different genres. You’ll find the BRIGHT-YELLOW chatbox on the bottom right side of our website.
Capital Books was founded in April 2019 at 1011 K Street, Sacramento, next door to the historic Crest Theater. It was originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, a vaudeville palace. It later operated as the Hippodrome theatre. In 1949, the building was completely remodeled and revamped to its current form as the art deco Crest Theatre. The Crest Theater has now been flanked by Levinson’s Books (who moved to 10th Street in 1956) and now Capital Books. Our space was built in 1947. (Artwork by Kyle Thaw and Heidi Rojek.)
These postcards are available for purchase in the store.
Virtual author events are a wonderful way for many to see their favorite authors speak without the travel time and expense. We’re excited to add to our exciting lineup of authors who will be doing Crowdcast or Zoom events with us. Details below.
Fri, September 18, 2020
The Secret Window Bookclub special guest interview with Alka Joshi, best selling author of The Henna Artist
Sat, September 19, 2020
Tory McCagg launches At Crossroads With Chickens
Tues, September 22, 2020
Beth McMullen launches Lola Benko
Weds, September 23, 2020
Local Sacramento historian, William Burg, discusses Sacramento’s Wicked “Strong Mayor” Period, 1893-1911
Tues, October 6, 2020
Maggie Thomas and Alexandria Villaseñor, two of 60 authors of All We Can Save
Thurs, October 8, 2020
Alice Combs author of The Lady with Balls: A Single Mother’s Triumphant Battle in a Man’s World
Thurs, October 15, 2020
Ashley Sweeney launches Answer Creek
Tues, October 20, 2020
The Secret Window Bookclub
The Vanishing Half
What makes you happy? Rainbows, puppies, hearts, stars, unicorns? How about having a good friend by your side. These wonderful childrens’ books are focused around making friends and what it means to be a good friend to others. Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the...
There’s just something about homemade baked goods isn’t there? The warm, buttery crusts right out of the oven. The delicious fruit fillings made with real sugar. From apple pie to freshly baked bread, these delightful cookbooks will bring you back to your childhood...
Roundup by Holly Scudero December is traditionally a time for looking back, hopefully with fondness, on what the previous year has brought. We think of what we’ve accomplished, the state of the world, the good and the bad, and analyze. And December is also a time for...
Roundup by Thomas Rojek The last few months brought us some wonderful graphic novels. I've taken the liberty of creating this roundup of my favorites and providing a summary of each book and why I loved each of them. Midnight RadioBy Iolanda ZanfardinoLion Forge,...
By Thomas Rojek With summer officially coming to a close, we're taking a look at cookbooks that embody robust spices, which invite Fall cooking. One Dish - Four SeasonsBy Jordan ZuckerPublisher: Home Sauce Publications$44.00, 208 pages One Dish - Four Seasons...
Our round-up of great science fiction novels that have come into the store. What did we miss that you loved? Tiamat's Wrath, James S. A. Corey The latest and eighth book in James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series, Tiamat’s Wrath is obviously not a good place to start...
By Tommy Rojek, Ross Rojek & Danielle McMannus Today's graphic novels, while kin with the comic books that pioneered the genre, their diverse stories, art styles, and narrative voices have burst through those old boundaries. Whether you're new to graphic novels or...
Summer is upon us, so it’s time to kick off grilling season. Tom and Danielle turn it up a notch this year with these genre-defining (and -defying) guides to perfect grilling! As of the posting of this article, all of these books are available in the store.
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Today, Presidents' Day, there was a marked shift in how renovation felt at the bookstore. The professional construction crew arrived. It was like the Cavalry coming in, and that felt pretty presidential — and LOUD — to me. (Be sure to turn your sound on.)...
Usually, the phrase "back to square one" means something fell through, but, in our case, it means we're able to move FORWARD. After we signed the store lease about a month ago, we kicked into high gear in demolishing interior (non-load-bearing) walls that we didn't...
I haven't blogged in a while because there's not really anything exciting going on down at the store. My step-son, who's doing a lot of the grunt-work with the demolition, got sidelined this week with a bad cold, so nothing happened. Last weekend, we rented a...
My husband, son, and I took a field trip to the Bay Area — specifically Berkeley and Oakland — to visit several bookstores for inspiration. We've been working with a bookshelf manufacturer on what our bookcases will look like. We know one thing already: white. And...
Demo Day 3 is under our belt. We’ve made much faster progress than we ever anticipated.
I do know that, in the world of interior design, you're supposed to find one piece of inspiration and build off of that. It's helped me as I have decorated our home over the years. We thought we found the entryway floor tile we wanted, but then, yesterday, our tile...
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