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 Masters is a writer and poet from Santa Cruz, CA. He spent a decade on staff at the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Monterey County Weekly. He is a frequent contributor to The Surfer's Journal and former poet-in-residence for the City of Pacific Grove, CA. His poetry and fiction work have appeared in publications such as The Iowa Review, Catamaran Literary Reader and Unlikely Stories.
M. Allen Cunningham is the author of the novels The Green Age of Asher Witherow, Lost Son, and Partisans, as well as the illustrated short story collection Date of Disappearance and two volumes of nonfiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications. The recipient of residencies at Yaddo and multiple fellowships, Cunningham is a Contributing Editor for Moss literary journal and a frequent public speaker on books and literary culture.
Peter Mackeonis was a founding director of the 1980's UK systems software company MetaComCo, whose clients included Commodore, Atari, Digital Research and RAND Corporation. His previous book, 'High Tech, Low Morals,' the first eBook, was serialized in 1993 by the San Jose Mercury News. In the late 90's, Peter founded and later sold YAS Corp., one of the first internet subscription-based consumer membership sites to NBC’s women.com. In 2007 Peter was a guest speaker at Online Market World 2007, in San Francisco, on the issues of Spam in marketing.
David Ray lives amidst the redwoods and beaches of Santa Cruz, California. In Santa Cruz he's pretty sure he's met a few people who've slipped through the cracks of time, people who find it easy to blend in this small coastal hippy yuppy organic hyper-progressive town.
Rand Launer, a Santa Cruz artist and writer since 1967, has lived his entire life on the West Coast in desert, on beach, and up mountain. His natural tendency to live fully in a moment lends itself to the mindful detail and vivid imagery of his writing style. His natural tendency to live an artful life based in what has been done before him keeps him always seeking the Masters. Please enjoy his first published novel, The
Born and raised in San Jose, California, L.D. Freitas attended Catholic schools for sixteen years, graduating from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, and Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He received a teaching certification from San Jose State University as well. L.D.
Tanya Nichols is the author of two novels, The Circle Game and The Barber’s Wife. Her work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review,Sycamore Review, In the Grove, and San Joaquin Review. Nichols received her MFA in fiction writing from Fresno State University where she now teaches writing and literature courses.
Ralph Sanders is an independent illustrator currently based in Santa Cruz, California, USA. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from East Tennessee State University. He has taught at the college level for many years in the South and in Appalachia – the area of the United States with the richest traditions of storytelling and folk art. In the past few years he has been creating his own way of storytelling using a graphic novel approach; his work, “Pilgrim’s Progress The Graphic Novel”, is scheduled to be published in April 2018.
Bill Stamos grew up in the SF Bay Area and Santa Cruz, and spent much of his youth traveling and wandering, whence came his first book of travel misadventures, “Border Crossings”. Previously importing art, designing clothing, running his own local career counseling business, and teaching and counseling at Cabrillo Community College, he has left that race now to plant trees, clear jungle, and prepare his next book, while cataloguing the clouds as they roll by in Hawaii.