New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe for Read Local, a series on books produced in the Bay Area.
Celia Sack's Omnivore Books is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Inside the culinary bookstore, new, glossy hardcovers lay near fading collectibles. Sack is usually on hand to recommend titles, although she's just as happy to talk restaurants, CSAs, and farmer's markets. Her personal touch is everywhere; offerings include rare books from her own collection and eggs from her neighbor in Tomales Bay.
Sack was kind enough to talk to us about bookselling in Noe Valley, and what to look forward to this fall.
When I moved to Noe last year, I assumed that Omnivore Books was a longstanding institution, but you actually opened in 2008.
Yes indeed. I've owned Noe Valley Pet Company next door with my partner Paula since 1998, but was a rare book specialist for many years prior to that. When this space became available, I took it over and decided to get back into bookselling.
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