Here at Chronicle Books, we’re inspired by the enduring magic of books, and are always looking for more ways to share that magic. Well, what better place to breathe in the magic of books than in our our favorite local bookstores? We can spend hours lingering among shelves, combing for new treasures…and could wax poetic on the charm, importance, and beauty of bookstores for even hours. But instead of doing that, we’ll point all book and bookstore-lovers to the birth of a new hashtag: #ThisIsMyBookstore.

Each week, we’ll feature a photo tagged with #ThisIsMyBookstore on our social media channels, and will compile them all in a monthly post as our continued ode to beautiful bookstores around the world. Here are some staff submissions below, including San Francisco’s iconic City Lights.

City LIghts interiorCity Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, California 

This is the place that helped launch the Beat generation, and it still has a revolutionary flavor. We love the hand-lettered signs by co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the poetry room upstairs is a lit nerd’s dream hideaway.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetTalk Story Bookstore in Kauai, Hawaii 

Talk Story Bookstore calls itself the “Western-most Independent Bookstore in the United States” and has inviting shelves overflowing with books new, used, rare, and out-of print. Located in tiny Hanapepe on the West side, live music performances happen on the porch every Friday night.

VeniceLa Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy 

This magical bookstore is tucked away in a tiny alley, where a lanky black cat will greet you at the door, and you’ll find several other furry friends lounging among stacks of books. Be sure to check out the outside, where a staircase of books leads you to a view of gondolas and canals! Mountain House Books in Nevada City, California.

Located in a gold rush town, this book store has an “honesty box” on the front porch. Any book on the shelf is $2, you take what you want, and drop $2 in the box. We love fun quirks like that!

And with that, we are so excited for the start of this hashtag to spread indie bookstore love! Clicking through photos tagged with #ThisIsMyBookstore is a portal to delightful bookstores in all corners of the globe.

So! Please tag all your local independent bookstore photos with #ThisIsMyBookstore so we can “ooh” and “ahh” over where you fall in love with words, pages, and spines. We can’t wait to see them all!

Irene Kim Shepherd

Assoc. Manager of Visual Content at Chronicle Books, photographer, and overall aesthete. See more of her work at
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