Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction
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.
Ryan J. Bush, Ph.D. is a fine-art photographer, Reiki master/teacher, and author based in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has been photographing seriously since 1996, using techniques such as abstraction, multiple exposure, 3-D photography, and video art to explore themes of consciousness, the visionary experience, our connection with nature, and the sacred hidden in the mundane.
Regina is a western-trained practitioner who works with the 5 Elements of Chinese medicine. At first Regina’s work with the 5 Elements was a journey of self-discovery. Now, she has woven the wisdom of the elements through various cases and experiences in this amazing book. What Color is Your Medicine? is a gift for anyone who is seeking to uncover the deeper insight and medicine our bodies hold. The healing of our emotional and physical bodies by way of our connection and opening to spirit is the primary message in her book.
Jonathan Simon is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of American democracy. As a result of his prior experience as a political survey research analyst in Washington, Dr. Simon became an early advocate for an exit poll-based electoral "burglar alarm" system, independent of media and corporate control, to detect computerized vote shifting in Election 2004.
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in psychology, Anahata Meta earned her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Montana. She resides in sunny Santa Cruz, California, with her daughter, and she's currently in the process of gaining licensure in the state of California as a practicing psychotherapist. She is looking forward to writing another book exploring a wide range of experiences in meeting people around the world.
Janet Whitchurch is a California native whose grandmother was born in California; her California roots go deep. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Art in 1965 and an M.A. in Studio Art in 1967.
Mary Ellen Hannon is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Somatic Movement Instructor with a BA in Health Sciences. She co-owns Willow Glen Yoga in San Jose, CA and Shakti Nutrition in Santa Cruz, CA.
Lara Willing is a Psychotherapist in private practice and has led personal growth groups for almost 20 years. Lara believes our fulfillment in life depends on our relationship with ourself. She is passionate about helping people improve this relationship through awareness, compassion, and self-care. She has been on a life-long journey of self-discovery and personal growth, and she brings her wisdom and experience to her work with clients and readers.