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2020 Vision

We are excited to announce the launch of Bookshop's year-long programming effort called 2020 Vision. Our focus will be to look back at where we've been (as a country), shine a light on our current state of affairs, and look ahead to where we want to go in 2020 and beyond.

We hope you will join us in this campaign of reading recommendations, author events, and community partnerships, as we look at the world with hindsight, clarity and vision.


Bookshop Santa Cruz is teaming up with Santa Cruz Indivisible to support their year-long Citizenship 2.0 program. Over the course of many months, they will be using Robert Reich’s book, The Common Good, (as well as further suggested reading mentioned in the book) to explore various topics related to citizenship. Their next Book Club event is May 15th. See details below.


Bookshop Santa Cruz has curated reading recommendations throughout the store—suggesting three great books in each section that address hindsight, clarity, and vision within that subject or genre. Look for them all year long as we explore where we have been, where we are now, and where we might go in the future, through the lens of history, science, politics, food writing, fiction, and much more. See our recommended reading lists here.


GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE, Beyond Charlottesville 
Wednesday Evening, August 7th, at 7:00
at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods welcome former Virginia Governor and current CNN analyst Terry McAuliffe for a discussion and signing of his new book, Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism. Details here.

Sunday Evening, August 18th, at 7:00

at Bookshop Santa Cruz
Join us for our own "political caucus event" hosted by Third County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, the conclusion to our 2020 Caucus reading effort. Volunteers from the Democratic Women’s Club will each give a 2-3 minute pitch about what they learned about the Democratic presidential candidates from their books. Once you hear about all the candidates, attendees will caucus and vote for which candidate’s book persuaded them the most. Refreshments will be provided and voter registration organizations will be there to help ensure that everyone is registered to vote in California’s primary.

Take your new knowledge and transform it to action with Santa Cruz Indivisible, who will be on hand to provide you with opportunities to direct your passion to elect progressive candidates for the 2020 General Election. Santa Cruz Indivisible will be focusing on the races in the Senate for AZ, SC, KY, Congressional CA21 and CA22 races, and the Presidential, and will be soliciting volunteers to assist with GOTV, candidate support efforts, and more! Details here.

TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, Inconspicuous Consumption 
Tuesday Evening, September 24th, at 7:00
at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Former New York Times science writer Tatiana Schlossberg will discuss Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have, her fascinating and unexpectedly entertaining look at the way climate change and environmental pollution are intimately involved in our everyday life—in everything we use, buy, eat, wear, and how we get around—and have consequences that extend far beyond our lives. Details here.


February 5, 2019

We were thrilled and honored to launch our 2020 Vision campaign with an evening with Madeleine Albright, the United States' first female Secretary of State, who spoke about her book, Fascism: A Warning, a personal and urgent examination of fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world. Secretary Albright was in conversation with UCSC alumna and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martha Mendoza. Over 2,800 people attended our event at Kaiser Permanente Arena, which was cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and Temple Beth El. This was the largest event in Bookshop's 52-year history! See the Santa Cruz Sentinel article here.

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience
April 11, 2019

This new collection of poems, edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond, addresses issues of young adult immigrants and refugees. Matt de la Pena says, “Brave, beautiful, and necessary... This is the most important book we will read this year.” At our 2020 Vision event, we hope we furthered our understanding of the many paths of immigrants and refugees over their first and second generation experiences, and helped us define how we can be allies in empathy and support to this important part of our country. See event details here.

Citizenship 2.0 Book Club Event: The Common Good
Wednesday, May 15th, at 7:00

at Rosie McCann's, 1220 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Indivisible's second Citizenship 2.0 Book Club meeting for Robert Reich’s The Common Good. We encourage you to read Reich’s book, then to join Santa Cruz Indivisible to discuss the book and the topics it addresses.“The Common Good consists of our shared values about what we owe one another as citizens who are bound together in the same society-the norms we voluntarily abide by, and the ideals we seek to achieve.” —Robert Reich

Panel Discussion and Community Read
Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:00

at DNA's Comedy Lab, 155 S. River Street, Santa Cruz 
Free and open to the public: In anticipation of Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s upcoming premiere of a major new work inspired by the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—When There Are Nine by composer Kristin Kuster—The Humanities Institute at UCSC, Cabrillo Festival, and Bookshop Santa Cruz have come together to present a panel discussion and Community Read kickoff event. UCSC Distinguished Professor and feminist activist Bettina Aptheker will moderate a conversation with Judge Syda Cogliati, Attorney Anna M. Penrose-Levig, and Attorney Jessica Delgado about the significant cases and opinions Justice Ginsburg has championed over the course of her career and the impact she has had on women’s equality, civil liberties, and racial justice under the law. Further details here.