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.
Cathryn Grant is the author of Suburban Noir novels, ghost story novellas, and short fiction. Her writing has been described as "making the mundane menacing". Her fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines and been anthologized in The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her short story, "I Was Young Once", received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope All-story Short Fiction contest. When she's not writing, Cathryn works in high tech, reads, and plays very high handicap golf.
Wallace Baine has been an arts writer, film critic, columnist and editor for the Santa Cruz Sentinel since 1991. He is a two-time winner of the national American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors (AASFE) Excellence in Writing competition for his well-known Sunday column “Baine Street,” and has won several awards for his arts coverage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA).
JEROLD M. LOWENSTEIN, a young octogenarian at 88, may be the last person alive to have witnessed the 1946 atomic bomb underwater explosion at Bikini. He was an officer aboard the USS Albemarle, the naval ship that transported bombs and Los Alamos scientists to the South Pacific atoll under the auspices of Operation Crossroads. He is slowing down a little after a career as a physicist, a nuclear medicine physician and a pioneer researcher in the field of fossil molecules.
Marc D. Crepeaux is a juggernaut with the spontaneous combustion
of a hopeful beast. He rubs gasoline on his thighs and biceps daily and every
easy jog between friends turns out to be a race. He once parachuted into the
Gulf of Mexico and punched a shark in the face that tried to get a taste of the
action. He can play the spoons. He grew up next to a crick that ran into a
river with a kid brother. They had two bamboo sticks and a dog. Any daughter
that grows up in his household has to be able to kill a man with their bare
Linda S. Gunther lives in Aptos, California with her husband Bob, and Lucy, a rambunctious springer spaniel. Growing up in New York City and then after teaching school in the Bowery while attending Columbia University graduate school in Counseling Psychology, Linda escaped N.Y.C. for a different lifestyle on the West Coast. A year later, Linda was given the opportunity to spend a summer in London where she studied child development.
Joshua Lerman wrote The Sound of Birds (2014) after illuminative interactions with a “crazy” person sparked his protagonist to life. He is currently working on his second novel, as well as a collection of poetry. Josh lives in Santa Cruz and besides writing, he enjoys cooking, dance, time outdoors, meditation and contemplating the Mystery.
Dave Snider is a fresh voice in the Science Fiction universe. His wit, imagination and sensitive treatment of characters is endearing.
Dave was born and raised in California in the Santa Clara valley at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. He is married to his best friend, Laura. They've been together for 37 years and counting. Together they have 5 grown children who have been most helpful with their own creative ideas during this project.
Jack Petro follows his thriller novel “No Ordinary Spy” with the mystery “Incident in Santa Cruz.” His short stories have won numerous awards including a “Top 100” listing in Writers Digest. A recognized live theatre critic, his reviews covering North Central Florida can be read on www.villagesnews.com or www.jackstheatre.blogspot.com.
Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow (2012) On Trees and Discovery of an Eagle (2014). She’s worked as a librarian for over 18 years and has been writing creatively since she was a child. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three cats.