Had the pleasure to visit several bookshops in Santa Barbara last week. Here’s an overview. There are others, but these are the ones that appealed to my crime fiction bent.
By far the largest bookstore I visited, Chauser’s is stocked full of new books with a section for nearly every interest. Established in 1974, open late, it’s located in the uptown area at 3321 State Street.
The Mesa Bookstore
A hidden gem, one of those tiny bookshops you’re always hoping to find, packed floor to ceiling with mostly used paperbacks. Owner David Karys-Schiff has run the place for well over 20 years. Located at 1838 Cliff Drive, Mesa is a must-see for used book lovers. Here’s a review from the Santa Barbara Independent.
The Book Den
Mostly new, with a few used books, The Book Den is another shop worth a visit. It’s located at 15 East Anapamu Street in the heart of SB’s shopping district, so there’s plenty for fellow travelers to peruse while you while away an hour looking at books.
Lost Horizon Bookstore
Specializing in collectible, hardcover used books on art, architecture, photography, and design; as well as antique maps and vintage posters, there are few crime fiction titles on Lost Horizon’s bookshelves. They do have a nice selection of SF titles that include a few Arkham House volumes. Books on comics include almost a dozen of those old paperback Pogo anthologies published by Simon and Schuster. LH is located at 703 Anacapa Street.