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When the village of Sinaloa is destroyed by a raging storm, the only chance the remaining villagers have for survival is for the men to become soldiers and take their families 1500 miles north to the unsettled land of California.

Darlene Craviotto is a playwright, screenwriter, memorist, and a Santa Barbara native.


New Fiction in Hardcover

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten, along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister.

Thus the scene is set for this new mystery from the author of The Woman in Cabin 10.


World renowned painter Rodrigo seemingly has it all: a multi-million dollar loft in SoHo; a talent for creativity that seems never ending; a recurring invitation to the exclusive modern art exhibit Art Basel; and lovers by the dozen. But what his longtime admirers don’t see is Rodrigo’s deep frustration with the world around him. As he begins to slip further and further into the rabbit hole of despair, so begins his descent into madness.

Domingo Zapata is a contemporary artist, originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The Beautiful Dream of Life is his first novel.

Now in Paperback


Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

New fiction from the author of Big Little Lies.




The 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death The 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

by Cassandra Austen, pencil and watercolour, circa 1810

One can’t say that the bicentennial of Jane Austin’s death has revived interest in either the author or her work, for interest in her books and life have never faded. But the occasion has produced a bevy of new books. We like these two.


What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan sets out to answer twenty pertinent questions about Austen’s books, including, “Which important characters never speak in the novels?” and, “Is there any sex in Jane Austen?”


Lucy Worsley’s new biography, Jane Austen at Home, shows how and why she lived as she did, examining the rooms, spaces and possessions that mattered to her, and the way in which home is used in her novels to mean both a place of pleasure and a prison.


Signed copies of Crazy Horse biography still available Signed copies of Crazy Horse biography still available

Our event last Sunday with the Tashunke Witko Tiwahe/Crazy Horse Family and author William Matson was a great success. We almost sold out of their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy. We have just five copies left.

Each copy is signed by the author, William B. Matson, and by three of Crazy Horse’s descendants – grandsons Floyd Clown Sr. and Phoenix Clown, and great-grandson, Douglas War Eagle.


Book event: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy Book event: Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy

We are proud to welcome members of the Tashunke Witko Tiwahe/Crazy Horse Family and author William Matson to the Book Den. Matson’s book, Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy, is based on the family tales and memories told to the family about their famous grandfather.

This oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations and death.


Join us June 25th,  from 3PM to 6PM at the Book Den.


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