Book Passage - about us


The Book Passage Story 

Book Passage laid claim to the title of the “Bay Area’s Liveliest Bookstore” years ago when it began hosting more than 800 author events per year. Since then, the store has grown as we have added classes, conferences, children’s events, writers’ organizations, book groups, and all sorts of other activities. The pandemic forced us to slow down some of these activities a bit, but we’ve now added a whole array of online events and classes over the last many months. Watch this space, as we update and collect the history and the stories behind Book Passage.


Our Stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco

Click here to find out more about our two Book Passage stores. the older and larger of the two is located in Corte Madera in the  heart of Marin County. Our other store is located in the iconic Ferry Building on the Embaracdero in San Francisco. both stores have a lively history or bookselling, and both have many tales to tell about past events and activities.


And Irreverent History of Book Passage

For a quick, quirky summary of Book Passage history, please click hereWe ran this multi-part series in 2016 in our print-newsletter as part of our 40th anniversary celebration of the store. We decided to post it again on-line, along with a few edits to update it a bit. But history is history, so most of what we had to say then is still true now. However, a lot of new things have occurred in the six or more years since we wrote this, and a lot more is likely to change as we head into the future. We'll try to update things from time to time and keep it in the same breezy manner. So pleased stay tuned. -- B.P.  Click here


Memorable Moments (with some Cheeky Commentary)

Book Passage has hosted thousands of events, classes, conferences, and gatherings of all shapes and sizes over the last 40 years, and the memories sometimes trip all over each other. But a few of them jump out and almost demand to be retold. We've gathered some of them here in no particular order and tried to give some sense of where they fit into the landscape of Book Passage history. As time goes on, we'll probably add a few more. -- B.P.  Click here

Book Passage & 10,000 Degrees

Book Passage supports and uplifts many nonprofits and educational institutions by raising both awareness and financial support. In 2007, Book Passage and 10,000 Degrees welcomed then-Senator Barack Obama to a sold-out event. In addition to his speech about education that he gave to the supporters of 10,000 Degrees, Obama signed books and spoke one-on-one to the 10,000 Degrees students. Book Passage extends its community support through its used-book sales program in both its Corte Madera and Ferry Building stores. The sale of used books at both stores now benefits 10,000 Degrees.

Book Passage Corte Madera welcomes your used book donations. We accept contemporary books including fiction, mystery, biography, history, non-fiction, cookbooks, and kids books. They must be clean and in saleable condition. Hardcovers and paperbacks are welcome. We are unable to accept old, moldy, or dirty books, or textbooks of any sort. Please let us come to your car to select books. We are open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm everyday. Thank you so much for your interest!



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