A West Marin staple for over 50 years, Point Reyes Books is more than a store, it is a community center that reflects the sensibilities and interests of its namesake city.
In addition to welcoming world-renowned authors in both in-person and online conversations, Point Reyes Books connects with locals through programs like Point Reyes Books Canon, a collection of titles that capture the essence of the store. , and Natural History Library, with a collection of books on local topics.
The store also offers a community-supported bookstore loyalty program that draws inspiration from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, which encourages loyal customers to help local farmers be sustainable. Now, Point Reyes Books is launching a new curated program, “Thinking Like a Mountain,” a series of quarterly subscriptions and events that features literary works on ecosystems, resilience and climate.
The subscription series is inspired by writer Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States wilderness system, who coined the term “think like a mountain” in his 1949 book. A Sand County Almanac. In the book, Leopold describes taking a holistic approach to understanding ecosystems by focusing on the interconnectedness of life.
In this vein, the new Point Reyes Books series focuses on books that “examine how we relate and connect to the natural world in an era of unprecedented human-induced change”.
Once per season, subscribers will receive a subscription box that includes a featured fiction or non-fiction book or collection of poetry or essays. The box will also contain an interview with the writer (if possible) as well as additional reading, listening or viewing suggestions, occasional merchandise, and a link to an exclusive event.
The bookstore will host in-person gatherings when safe, although they are committed to providing a streaming option and will also record the event for later viewing.
In addition to these exclusive subscription events, Point Reyes Books hosts several virtual readings and conversations with renowned authors and writers on green issues.
Tuesday July 6, Michael Pollan virtually celebrates the release of his new book, This is your opinion on plants, at 18 hours. The following Tuesday July 13, Cynthia Barnett presents her latest book, The sound of the sea: seashells and the fate of the oceans, at 16. On Thursday, July 22, poet and non-fiction writer Lisa Wells discusses her new book, Believers: making a life at the end of the world, at 19 ‘o clock.
Get tickets to these and other readings, and join the “Thinking Like a Mountain” subscription series at ptreyesbooks.com.