User menu

Shopping cart

IN-STORE EVENT: Paul Yamazaki, Reading the Room

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:00pm

FREE IN-STORE EVENT: Bookshop is delighted to welcome Paul Yamazaki, principal buyer at City Lights Bookstore and winner of the National Book Foundation's Literarian Award, for a discussion of his memoir Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale. Yamazaki will be in conversation with Bookshop's head book buyer and friend, Melinda Powers, who says, "Reading the Room distills one thousand gin-soaked nights with Paul into a single energizing shot a book that captures all of the passion, curiosity, and brilliance that he has taken from his life experiences and brought to City Lights and to the craft of bookselling. This little gem is all Paul—pure joy."

"All booksellers are the unsung heroes of American literature, but Paul Yamazaki is a superhero." —Colson Whitehead

Your registration helps us plan for your arrival and keep in touch with any changes. Thank you for registering!

Reading the Room is Paul Yamazaki's love letter to the work of bookselling and an engaged life of the mind.

Over twenty-four hours, Paul Yamazaki leads us through the stacks of storied City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco; the care and prowess of his approach to book buying; his upbringing in a Japanese American family in Southern California and moving to San Francisco at the height of revolutionary foment; working with legendary figures in the book publishing industry like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sonny Mehta, and others; and his vision for the future of bookselling. Navigating building trust with readers and nurturing relationships across the literary industry, Yamazaki testifies to the value of generosity, sharing knowledge, and dialogue in a life devoted to books.

Paul Yamazaki has been the principal buyer at City Lights Booksellers, the legendary San Francisco bookstore and publisher founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, for more than fifty years. A champion for national and global literature, writers, publishers, and independent bookstores, Yamazaki was the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2023 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. He has mentored generations of booksellers across America.

Staff Pick Badge
Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781958846698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

SKU: A781958846698