CSUN’s wellesley is the new ‘futurist bookstore’
FUTURIST BOOKSHOP THE BOOKS ISLAND: A STUDY IN BOOKS AND BOOKS-HOW TO MAKE THEM BY MARK TANIGAN, KATHLEEN GRAHAM and RONALD O’NEILL — — — The University of California, Los Angeles bookstore is changing its name.
The bookstore is a “futuristic bookshop” and is a place where the imagination can roam free, said Linda Kwan, the bookstore’s vice president of business development.
The new store opened in June and is located at 1021 Broadway.
It will offer a wide selection of books and more than 600 titles, including new titles by such authors as Paul Auster, Richard Dawkins, William Gibson and Stephen King.
The shop’s founder, Tom Bower, said that when he was looking for an option for the name change, the campus was “all over the map.”
“We looked at a lot of different names, but we realized that this was a really good fit for us,” Bower said.
The name change has been in the works for more than two years, Bower added.
“We wanted to be able to say, ‘Hey, this is the store where you can make things that you would normally never be able.’
We wanted to bring in more people, because we’re going to have a really high turnover of customers.”
The bookstore will also include an outdoor patio and the first floor will feature an outdoor kitchen.
The store’s opening in June will be followed by a second store opening in July, with the store in the middle of campus.
The second store is expected to be open in mid-September.
A third store will be added in the spring.
Kwan said the goal of the new store is to provide customers with the opportunity to create their own work and for the bookstore to continue to provide information and education about books.
“The books we sell have become more of an asset to the university, and we want to support them in that way,” she said.
“This is the first time we’re bringing them to campus, so we wanted to take that next step.”
The new bookstore is the latest addition to the campus bookstore, which opened in the early 2000s and is home to several other well-known and innovative bookstores, including BookShelves, a popular and popularly-owned bookstore; the University of Chicago bookstore, where the bookstore is located; and the Center for Book Studies, which also offers books, videos, and audio recordings.
“I think it’s great to see the university continue to grow as a hub for innovation,” said Michael Schurr, vice president for public affairs and university relations.
“As we expand into other areas, we are really excited about the possibilities of the digital era and how books can serve students and help us achieve more,” he said.
UC Berkeley has been a pioneer in the area of books for over 60 years.
In the early 1970s, the university was home to a library, the Berkeley Books and Letters, which has been home to hundreds of titles and more.
The library has since been closed to students, but its collection of books remains the best of its kind.
In 2017, the UC Berkeley Booksellers Association purchased the University Library and started working on a new library, a library that will continue to offer books for students.
Bower and Kwan are the only two owners of the Berkeley Bookstores.
They are planning to continue in the Berkeley bookstore and hope to open another Berkeley Bookshop sometime in the future.
“At the end of the day, we’re not here just to have one store,” Kwan added.
They want to be here to serve the entire UC Berkeley community, Bowers said.
Books at UC Berkeley: “The Books We Sell” is the third in the “The Berkeley Bookworks” series of new book reviews, in which a UC Berkeley student provides a review of a book and discusses its merits.
These reviews are based on the research and insights of UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members.
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