Erik Heywood may be the one man who can fulfill all of our bibliophile fantasies.
Heywood started blogging about his love of all things literary back in 2007, musing on his favorite vintage paperback series, indie publishers and why old books smell so darn good. With a keen eye for design, he resolved to broaden the scope by launching an online retail destination for book-related effects.
And thus, Book/Shop was born.
This is no run-of-the-mill e-bookstore. It is, as Heywood says, a place for people who value the variety and artistry of actual books and enjoy seeing them on their shelves. For him, this translates into selling the rare and out-of-print books he unearths in Oakland and Berkeley (e.g., a first edition of Sam Shepard?s La Turista and H. E. Bates?s A Breath of French Air).
He also curates some of the loveliest lit accessories we?ve set eyes on: sturdy book bags ($10), limited-edition bookplates and restored mid-century reading chairs ($500 to $3,000). Custom-built bookshelves are designed by Heywood and made by Berkeley wood craftsman Vince McMullen. We ogled this sleek walnut slotted bookcase ($119), which will keep our precious tomes in perfect order.
Just a few weeks ago, Heywood opened a small brick-and-mortar shop in Temescal, putting his selection of reading materials on display so you can look, touch and, of course, sniff the goods.
482D 49th St., Oakland; 510-907-9649 or book---shop.com