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FAQ for In-Person, In-Store Events at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Q: How do I attend a free in-store event?

A: To come to an event, all you need to do is show up. That said, we greatly appreciate you pre-registering so that we can plan accordinglyyour registration helps us so much! It also helps you, by allowing us to get in touch with you to remind you about the event and to alert you of any changes. If you register and can't make the event, you're welcome to let us know if you have a moment. Otherwise, no worries! 

Q: Does it cost money to attend?

A: Our in-store events continue to be free to attend! Of course, free to attend doesn't mean free to produce. We encourage you to support our events program, authors, and local economy with a purchase (or two or three!)

Q: Can I get a seat without registering?

A: Yes. Seating is first-come, first-serve, regardless of whether you registered. Standing room is generally also available.

Q: I just want to stand and watch the event from outside of the Skylight Room!

A: That’s fine. The event will be audible (and visible in some places) beyond the Skylight Room, so feel free to observe as long as you are being respectful and keeping walkways clear.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask?

A: These days, masks are not required, though we leave it to the author's preferences. Thank you for honoring their requests and keeping one another safe!

Q: Can I save myself a seat in the event space, and then browse the store?

A: Yes. The Skylight Room opens for seating about an hour before the event starts. Please enjoy the store—and buy books (and gifts and cards and toys!). Just be sure to take your seat by the time the event starts.

Q: Can I reserve a specific seat? Do you assign seating?

A: We offer unassigned, open seating for our free in-store events. If you have an ADA need/request, please email to by an hour before the event starts.

Q: Why do you need my email when I register?

A: We ask for your email so that we can communicate with you about the event, including sending helpful reminder emails. You can sign up for our email lists if you like. We may also alert you to similar Bookshop Santa Cruz events you might enjoy. We will never sell your email to anyone, ever. 

Q: Can I watch in-person events from my laptop at home?

A: Sorry, hybrid (in-person + virtual) events are surprisingly difficult and resource-intensive to produce, and we are not able to offer that viewing experience at this time.


 Last updated: January 2024