Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.
Mark Lewis Fussell was born a Quaker in Philadelphia, and was educated in Hillside elementary, Westtown School, Shipley School, and Bryn Mawr college before heading to Caltech in Pasadena. He met his wife and life companion the first week of school. After barely surviving the grueling world of Caltech, Mark headed out into the world of work. This journey would include two startups in the LA area and eight in Silicon Valley, two children born in Silicon Valley, and a multi-month business trip to India with a newborn. Mark and his family now live in Palo Alto, California.
Leo Brown was raised in Aptos California. He went to Aptos High School, The University of Southern California and San Jose State University. His martial arts training began in 1972 with Kam Yuen, the advisor to the television program "Kung Fu" in Los Angeles. He went on on to achieve Black Belt rankings in Shorin-Ji Ryu with Mr. Richard Kim of The Butokukai in San Francisco and in Shotokan with Mr. Yaguchi of The Japanese Karate Association in Denver.
Bunny Stevens grew up in Salinas, California—attending many
elementary schools before attending El Sausal Junior High School and then
graduating from Salinas High in 1959.
She worked as a legal secretary for Andy Church at Abramson and Bolz,
was secretary to the District Manage at Prudential Insurance Company, owned and
operated Valley Automotive Car Care, was a columnist for the North County News,
worked at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Salinas as the Director of
Christian Education and Middle School Ministries and was Personal Lines Manager
Santa Cruz pedestrian activist and former editor of The Ventana, the local Sierra Club magazine, won several statewide essay contests when she was in high school in Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Memphis. Her favorite pastimes include peak climbing and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.
early interest in Social Studies led her to a B.A. at UC Berkeley, a Secondary
Teaching Credential at Cal State S.F. and later an M.A. from JFK in Career
Development. A resident of Santa Cruz for 35 years, Marcia taught Career
Planning and Women's Re-Entry Counseling at Cabrillo and worked as an
Employment and Training Specialist for the county of Santa Cruz.
Dean Metcalf is the author of Rattlesanke Dreams: An American Warrior’s Story, and a world-traveling journalist whose articles were distributed by Pacific News Service, San Francisco. His work has appeared in publications such as Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, South Africa Weekly Mail, Oakland (CA) Tribune, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Review of Books.
Trish Thorpe was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English, and worked in Silicon Valley IT Communications. She now lives and writes in Santa Cruz, California. "Fisheye" is her nickname.
Ruth Royal has lived in Santa Cruz since 1969. Now retired, she worked in public education, at the Santa Cruz Public Library and the YWCA. She served in the Philippines in the Peace Corps during the first years of the organization; Ruth’s husband, Nick Royal, was also Peace Corps Philippines and is retired from UC Santa Cruz. They have two children: Suzy, who lives in Berlin with her husband, Guenther, and David, a journalistic photographer who lives in Pacific grove with his wife Aparna and son Ravi.
Though Donna George left her heart in Santa Cruz, she lives happily now in northern Virginia with a loving partner and two self-satisfied cats. She went back to school in her fifties to earn a BA in English Literature, and almost completed a MA. Starfish is her first published book, but with any luck it won't be her last.
Peter T. Hoss was born in Yosemite Valley in 1934. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1958 and practiced law in Monterey County, California, 1962-1999. He has been an employee in the Park and a legal adviser to Park entities. Currently he is a board member of the Ansel Adams Gallery, a member of the John Muir Heritage Society, The Yosemite Conservancy, and a trustee of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. Peter visits Yosemite regularly to enjoy its scenic beauty and to visit friends.