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.
Katlin Bowman grew up near Youngstown, Ohio and received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Wright State University in 2014. She is currently an oceanographer at the University of California in Santa Cruz and enjoys writing about science in her free time.
Arlene Gotshalk, MA, SPHR, has over thirty years of experience in education, nonprofit management, and business administration. While caring for my aging parents, I felt exhausted and frustrated. I didn’t know what to do or how to do it. I looked for help—read books, looked for systems, and found nothing that could really help me. “Arlene,” I said, “it’s up to you. Use your training and education to put a workable system together.” And so, the CareGiving Toolkit book was born!
Kitty Nevin is a freelance writer and editor. Newport & Kibesillah - A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California is her first book. Kitty started researching Newport & Kibesillah in 1996, when she lived in Mendocino, while she was the editor of the Mendocino Art Center’s Arts & Entertainment magazine. She was a regular contributor to the Mendocino Beacon, and occasionally wrote for the Fort Bragg Advocate-News and the Ukiah Daily Journal.
Founder of the Personal Policy Institute. Jeff is a possibility advocate and rebel with a cause to help others lead their best life. Armed with endless curiosity he has studied psychology, philosophy, theology, physics, mindfulness, spirituality and more in search of modern answers to timeless questions. His unique approach to personal growth shares practical ideas on awareness, acceptance, priorities, transitions, purpose, gratitude and more. He lives in Northern California.
Dave Mrus is a recent Student at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. An Artist of multiple mediums, Monotasker and Visual Synthesizer who lives in Capitola, California. A propagator of rare and endangered California Native plants who rediscovered the Cut Leaf Chinquapin, Chrysolepis chrysophylla laciniata in 2006. He continues the elusive challenge of Chinquapin cultivation. “California’s greatest horticultural failure.” - James B. Roof, Founder of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.
Luisa has studied meditation and mindfulness since 2002 and taught since 2008. Although American, she spent many summers in a highland Mayan town in Guatamala, and was recognized there as an iyoom, or sacred Mayan midwife. She also has degrees in Human Biology and Latin American Studies from Stanford.
Diana Moll holds a BA in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. She has been drawing since she could hold a crayon. As a middle aged Chinese medicine student she drew herbs and created colorful median maps as study aids. In recent times the two arts have overlapped again producing this coloring book and an up coming table top card game.