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.
Anthony Drago - Anthony "Tony" Drago was born in Camden, New Jersey and spent much of his early childhood at his paternal grandparents Italian grocery store. His school years were spent in Los Angeles, California which is when he began to realize he was the only child bringing seaweed & rice to school instead of peanut butter & jelly. From a young age, his mother, Kaleria Palchikoff Drago, would tell him the captivating story of her journey from Russia, to Japan, and then to the United States.
Laurie Corn is an artist, poet, and writer of nonfiction. She attended workshops with Ellen Bass in the years 1974 – 80. Her poems and stories, chosen from the greater Santa Cruz area, appear in the “Porter Gulch Review,” 2000 edition. She wrote the text for Paul Perlmutter, A Century of His Art, published in 2005—the life and art of this renowned Santa Barbara artist.
Valerie has lived in California on the Monterey Peninsula all her life. She and her husband Ron now live happily in Monterey with their two rescue doggies, Nina and Ricky, and Valerie’s three parrots, Mozart, Poquito, and Jake.
Jodi Graber Pratt is a grandchild of immigrants and was raised in a working-class household, taught early to be proud – and grateful – to be an American. Owned by two cats, she lives in Santa Cruz County, California. In her spare time, she indulges in creative writing and watercolor painting.
Raina Chelise is a lifetime local, born and raised in the Santa Cruz area (among many other locations). The Gypsy Curse is Raina’s first published memoir. She is currently working on the continuation of this story while teaching at Cabrillo College. Raina earned her Master’s degree in Communication Studies at San José State University, following her passion for exploring personal narratives and facilitating empowerment through teaching. Any other information would give away the story, so follow your curiosity down the rabbit hole if you would like to learn more.
A familiar face around town, Janet Blaser wrote about food and music as a staff writer, editor and columnist at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Good Times and Student Guide for 15 years. She also managed the downtown farmers market and worked as assistant manager at the Cabrillo farmers market.
Barbara Helena Best was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, when she was three. Her mother was born in Canada, raised in New Jersey; her father was born and raised in BA, both with American-born parents. She has two grown sons and a beloved granddaughter.
Barbara has worked with young children and families throughout her life, was a partner with her husband in a construction company and returned with Bill as volunteer spiritual healers. Her degrees are in Human Development and Community Development.
Susan Burrowes is a presenter, teacher, trainer and project manager who holds a Master’s Degree in Communication, but took enough time out of her studies to produce the two extraordinary, challenging, wonderful, terrible children who continue to define her life. Her career spans fifteen years in advertising, eight years teaching in the college classroom and another ten years training professionals in organizations how to communicate with each other, an irony that was not lost on her as she struggled to reach her addicted daughter.