Walk-In shopping: We are open for walk-in shopping, but are limiting capacity to eight customers. You may need to wait outside if we are at capacity or have an appointment inside the store. Appointments: If you would like to have the bookstore to yourself, make a 20-min appointment. Masks are required inside the store even if you have been vaccinated.
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.
We offer no-contact curbside or quick in-store pickups. For no-contact pick-up, pull up in front of the Crest Theatre (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 your package. You do NOT need an appointment to pick up your order. We expect orders to be retrieved within a week of purchase or we will put them out for shipping or delivery, and you may incur an additional charge.
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 large apartment complexes. If your porch is in a complicated-to-get-to area, please choose shipping or pickup instead. We are not a professional delivery service, and will not be able to get past gated apartments/townhomes.
Orders over $30 and under 15 lbs ship for free throughout the U.S. We ship via USPS using Media Mail, which can take 10-14 days to arrive to its destination.
Need a book wrapped for a gift? We offer beautiful gift-wrapping for $4.00 per bundle of books. Pair it with a notecard or one of our greeting cards to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
Feast & Fiction
Feast & Fiction has become a popular date night for couples. Reserve the bookstore for dinner and browsing. Hit the button below for details on this unique experience.
Literature is meant to reflect life, so we’d like to use food to make that reflection truly believable with our tea parties. Food can provide insights into our favorite heroes, heroines, and mischief-makers. Food can evoke smells and flavors that bring a setting to life and stir up emotions that deepen a reader’s connection in the story. Click below to see which themed parties we’re offering.
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 Zoom events with us. Details below.
We’ve begun the process of renovating our basement to become a third floor of the store. We’ll be calling this floor Another Universe. That floor will sell Science Fiction & Fantasy books, adult and kid graphic novels, an expanded games section, toys, Magic the Gathering cards, and Pokemon cards. We’ll have game tables set up for tournaments and game demonstrations.
For now, you can see and buy our Magic cards in our online store or while in-person shopping. Magic cards are both on the first and second floors right now.
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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.)...
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Demo Day 3 is under our belt. We’ve made much faster progress than we ever anticipated.
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