Entries by Hannah Onstad

Want Easy Gift-Giving? Keep Reading

Our 2017 book lists provide ideas and inspiration for stress-free shopping. For Fiction Lovers – there are plenty of new novels for everyone and Kirkus Reviews has rounded up their list of Best Fiction for 2017. Need Children’s Gift Books? Review these lists for Best Children’s Picture Books, Best Middle School Books, and Best Young Adult Novels. What about Non-Fiction Readers? See the Non-fiction […]

American Poverty: Then & Now, in Words & Images

Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction ISBN 978-0553447453 Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing Photographs at the Oakland Museum of California runs through August 27th If you want to understand what’s happening in the American city today, particularly as we struggle locally […]

Two Things I Know for Certain…Heaven Will Have Real Bookstores & Dark Carnival Needs Your Immediate Support

OK book-loving community, here’s the deal… Dark Carnival, Berkeley’s beloved “bookstore of the imagination” is on the verge of closing. All I can say is …Nooooooo! We simply cannot let this happen. If you haven’t been there, picture in your mind’s eye the best spooky, eclectic, sci-fi, mystery, fantasy bookshop in the world. Did you picture […]

Bay Area Book Lovers: A Quest You Won’t Want to Miss

April 2017 is for Book Lovers It’s Spring which means emerging from the long winter and getting outside to explore (even if it’s raining!). What better way than to make a point of visiting your favorite bookstores participating in the Book Lover Quest? This month, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) has created the Book […]

We’ve Been Nominated for an Oakland Indie Award!

OAKLAND INDIE AWARDS, May 18, Oakland Museum of California (April 2017 – Oakland, CA) – LOAKL is delighted to announce we’ve been nominated in this year’s Oakland Indie Awards for Innovative Newcomer! It’s a huge honor to be among many exciting new and established businesses in Oakland, including the amazing Ariana Marbley of Esscents of Flowers — also nominated as an Innovative […]

Vote for LOAKL!

Pssst…  We need a favor. LOAKL is a semi-finalist for an Idea Cafe Small Business Grant. All you need to do is cast your vote for us here.  Vote by April 13th. As many of you realize, starting a small business is demanding. This grant will enable LOAKL to reach more customers and help us spread the word […]

Is it Time for Amazon Go … or No?

When I first read about Amazon Go, a futuristic new Amazon store rumored to be coming in 2017 (actually release is 1/22/18), wherein cashiers are replaced with an app that tracks what you buy at checkout—frankly, I was alarmed. This is not my idea of a friendly, neighborhood store that I want to frequent. While the […]

How to Love Your Local Bookstore

Whether it’s sneaking upstairs to sit near the window in the poetry room at City Lights or sinking into the big red chair at Diesel, the Bay Area has some of the most revered and iconic independent bookstores. For me, these stores are sacred ground—cherished spaces where I can browse the world of ideas and experience culture. I firmly […]