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2021 NEWS:
    9/1/2021: After taking a break in August, we've resumed buying and trading books again. Be sure to check our buying schedule and guidelines for more details.
    8/1/2021: We'll be taking a break in August from buying and trading books and will resume again on September 1. Be sure to check our buying schedule and guidelines for more details.
    7/23/2021: We continue to require our customers to wear face masks and practice social distancing within the store. We will provide free face masks for those without them.
    7/15/2021: The REVEAL of our recently restored vintage neon sign will be at sunset (8:30 pm) on Friday, July 23, 2021.
    To celebrate, we're staying open late that night for our NEON FLASH SALE: all books sold after 8:00 pm on Friday, July 23 will be 20% OFF!
    7/2/2021: Restoration of our vintage neon sign is almost complete. Stay tuned for an announcement of our "reveal" date!
    7/1/2021: Beginning Friday, July 2, we'll be open an additional hour on Friday and Saturday nights. We'll now be open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
    6/15/2021: Though new state regulations have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that those of our customers who have not been vaccinated to continue wearing face masks.
    2/24/2021: Readers of the East Bay Express have voted Walden Pond Books "Best Bookstore" for both new and used categories in the East Bay Express' annual "Best of the East Bay" awards.
    2/1/2021: We will once again buy and trade books and records for cash and store credit beginning Thursday, February 4. General buying hours will be from noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Be sure to check the Buying Schedule and Guidelines page for more details.
    1/26/2021: Our customer occupancy has been slightly increased to fifteen customers at a time. As usual, face masks and social distancing are required.
2020 NEWS:
    11/22/2020: We are going to be open two hours longer. Beginning Tuesday, December 1, our store hours will be 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, seven days a week. As the holiday season progresses, we will consider staying open longer. Please check back for updates. Our customer occupancy will remain limited to fifteen customers at a time. Face masks and social distancing are required.
    11/18/2020: Our doors remain open to the public. Our current customer occupancy is limited to fifteen customers at a time which is below the 25% capacity rate required of retail stores by Alameda County Public Health regulations. Face masks and social distancing are required.
    9/30/2020: We are happy to announce that we're opening our doors to the public for the first time in over six months. Starting Thursday, October 1, we'll be open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Customer occupancy is limited and face masks and social distancing are required. [Read our press release for more details.]
    9/3/2020: For the safety of our staff and customers, we continue to limit our operations in response to the current public health emergency.
    Accordingly, our doors remain closed to the public and we urge our customers to shop online or to phone in book orders (510-832-4438) for a safe, sanitized pickup at our front door.

    4/21/2020: We reached our GoFundMe goal today! A heartfelt thank-you to all our supporters! (A message of gratitude from the owners and staff of Walden Pond Books)

    4/11/20: As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts small businesses week after week, we're beginning to realize that Walden Pond Books may not survive this public health emergency. We've tried eveything we can think of to keep the bookstore running behind closed doors, but online sales and phone orders cover only a small fraction of our overhead. Our doors might have to close permanently. Our only option now is to turn to the community we've served for almost 50 years and ask for your help.

    UPDATE 4/7/20: At long last you are now able to buy our books online directly from our website. Books featured here will eventually all link to our Bookshop page that enables vendors to immediately ship virtually any book in print directly to you. All online sales benefit Walden Pond Books just as if you were shopping in our brick-and-mortar store.

    UPDATE 4/6/20: We've added Sunday to our phone-in schedule and are now taking phone orders SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Except for sales over the phone for local curbside pickup, Walden Pond Books remains closed for the duration of the current public health emergency. Call 510-832-4438 between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, seven days a week to arrange a safe and sanitized pickup at the store. Please practice social distancing, wash your hands constantly, and only leave your home if you absolutely have to. Stay SAFE!

BOOK AWARD NEWS: Many of the upcoming announcements of book award winners have either become virtual events streamed online or postponed to a later date. The Awards page has been updated with this information.
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021: The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist (best 6 books) has been announced.
    • A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
    • The Promise by Damon Galgut
    • No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
    • The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
    • Bewilderment by Richard Powers
    • Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021: The 13 nominees for the 2021 Booker Prize have been announced.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021: A panel of five outstanding judges, (Aida Edemariam, Olivette Otele, Neel Mukherjee, George Szirtes, and Lucy Hughes-Hallett) have selected the 13 nominees for the 2021 International Booker Prize - the annual award that honors the finest fiction translated into English.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020: The National Book Foundation has announced the winners for each category of the 2020 National Book Awards.
    Interior Chinatown The Dead Are Arising DMZ Colony King and the Dragonflies Tokyo Ueno Station
  • Monday, September 14 through Friday, September 18, 2020: The National Book Foundation has announced the longlists for each category of the 2020 National Book Awards.

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