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Brian Fagan, author of
The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

Animals, and our ever-changing relationship with them, have left an indelible mark on human history. From the dawn of our existence, animals and humans have been constantly redefining their relationship with one another, and entire civilizations have risen and fallen upon this curious bond we share with our fellow fauna. Brian Fagan unfolds this fascinating story from the first wolf who wandered into our prehistoric ancestors’ camp and found companionship, to empires built on the backs of horses, donkeys, and camels, to the industrial age when some animals became commodities, often brutally exploited, and others became pets, nurtured and pampered, sometimes to absurd extremes.

Brain Fagan will read from his new book and sign copies.

Sunday, April 26, 2 PM at the Book Den – free



Granada Books closing

SelfGranada Books has announced that it is closing in May. Over the past couple of years, the Book Den and Granada Books have been friendly competitors. Since our stores are only a block apart, it’s been natural for us to refer customers back and forth. It’s sad to see any book store close, but Emmett and Sharon had a vision and gave it a shot, for which they should be commended.

The news of Granada Books’ troubles, especially in the last several weeks, has caused some concern among Book Den customers and there have been inquiries as to our own health. The answer is that we are fine. When Granada Books opened, we were already well into our project to recreate ourselves as a new-and-used book store. Over the last couple of years, our business has continued to grow as we added to our new book offerings. We built a new website on which one can search our entire inventory. And last year, for the first time, more than half of our in-store sales revenue came from new books.

As it happens, today is my 36th anniversary as owner of the Book Den. I think the store is as good as it has ever been, and for this I thank my incredibly capable staff. I still love what I do. And I hope to continue for many, many more years.

– Eric Kelley


A new Santa Barbara souvenir book

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Santa Barbara: A California Coastal Town
by Jane Centofante
& Mike West

A lovely little book – a tour of our city with beautiful illustrations.