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

FAQ for In-Person, In-Store Events


We have returned to in-person events! It is so lovely be together in the store. However—as we know all too well by now—a new covid variant could emerge at any moment, disrupting everything.

That’s why, for now, Bookshop Santa Cruz will be requiring all attendees at our in-person events to wear a well-fitting mask for the duration of the event. 

Attendees will be sharing indoor space together (in Bookshop’s Skylight Room) and the health and safety of our staff, customers, and visiting authors remains of critical importance. Thank you for contributing to the well-being of your community!


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

A: To come to an event, all you need to do is show up and mask 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, just let us know. If you don't have a chance to register beforehand, you can still attend as long as we have enough seats. Standing/overflow room may also be available.

Q: Does it cost money to attend?

A: Currently, our in-store events continue to be free to attend! We encourage you to support our events program, authors, and local economy with a book purchase (or two or three!)

Q: Can I get a seat without registering?

A: Depending on the size of the event, we may hold seats for people who pre-registered, which we release when the event starts. We will always try to accommodate walk-ups and make as many seats as possible 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 proof of vaccination?

A: Not currently.

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

A: Yes! The Skylight Room will be open for the event starting around 30 minutes before the event starts. Please enjoy the store—and buy books! 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! Depending on the size of the event, registration may hold you an unassigned seat until the event begins. If you have an ADA need/request, please email to events@bookshopsantacruz.com by an hour before the event starts.

Q: What if I’m just browsing in the store—do I need to wear a mask?

A: Nope! You can shop the store without a mask, but you may not sit in the Skylight Room for the event unless you are registered and/or have showed proof of vaccination, and are properly wearing your mask (policy subject to change).

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. 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.