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.
Graciela Trevisan was born in a small town, now a small city, in Argentina, called Totoras (English: Cattails). She has published poetry, fiction (short stories) and translations, and participated in many literary readings. She taught Latin American and Gender Studies for 16 years at the New College of California. She lives in San Francisco, California, with her wife Lisa and, until recently, their cat Ute, who passed as this book was being published.
Carol Clark Roberts, the daughter of missionary parents in China, spent her early and teen-age years in a China occupied by Japanese forces followed by a brutal civil war and Communist takeover. Forced to flee, Carol’s family landed up in the southern Philippines for two years and then back to the United States. There Carol attended college, married, and started a family. For fifteen years she wrote and photographed original filmstrip stories for schools and churches. Later she turned to writing six novels, mostly inspired by her love for China.
Joe Hayes is a recovering kayaker and Santa Cruz, California groundwater consultant, who is proud to have coffee hidden in ammo cans in various undisclosed Grand Canyon locations. This is his first novel. He can be found varnishing and sailing aboard Freyja, the 1964 Alden yawl that is his beloved, demanding, wind machine and work of art. A seven word biography is enough:
Ivy Cayden lives on the rugged, pinetree-lined Central Coast of California. Years ago, on her first visit to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, she fell in love with the tall trees in Felton and returns whenever she gets the chance. Recently, she attempted to ditch coffee, but her irreversible crush on iced almond milk lattes rendered this notion impossible. A vegan for over a decade, Ivy is passionate about supporting small businesses and all things indie—especially music.
Rachel Goss is a fifth generation Arkansan. She received an AB degree from Washington University in St. Louis, studying English Literature and Biology, and she has a Master of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University. She has lived in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and New York, where she worked in basic scientific research, studying plant science, pathology and vascular medicine. Lastly she moved to California, where she enjoys writing, gardening, swimming, and long road trips.
Kay Holz is an author and playwright whose sense of the wider world is informed by the Low Country. Kay is a graduate of Ashley Hall and the College of Charleston. She has a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of California-Berkeley. She resides in Carmel by the Sea, CA.
Kim Cope Tait earned her MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2000. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. She has two novels, Inertia and Bend the Blue Sky, as well as a chapbook of poems entitled Element. Kim also wrote and recorded Lotus Wheel: Guided Meditations for Relaxation and Healing in 2013. Most recently, Kim's full-length collection of poems, Shadow Tongue, was published with Finishing Line Press, and she also debuted her first young adult novel, Kealaula.
Marko Realmonte makes his home in Santa Cruz where he is constantly followed by his loyal Labrador retriever, Jasper. He has written for film and television, most recently for Disney. He recently finished a spec screenplay for a sequel to “Call Me By Your Name.” Murder at White Oak is his debut novel.
Mark Saha grew up in cotton country along the Texas Gulf Coast, earned a BA at the University of Notre Dame, and attended film school at UCLA, where a collection of his short stories won a Samuel Goldwyn Creative Writing Award. That resulted in offers from Hollywood agencies and led to many years of writing scripts for film and television. He lives in Santa Monica, California.