As the terrible wildfires in Northern California continue to rage, leaving many homeless, more nearby bookstores are rallying to help. DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur and East Bay Booksellers (formerly DIESEL) in Oakland are collecting children's books for, as DIESEL put it, "the thousands of children who have lost their community and home libraries." Awaiting news of their homes, those children, it said, "are afraid, and bored, in the shelters, away from their homes, their pets, and their books." Owner Brad Johnson wrote, "In the coming weeks, the losses suffered by children will be particularly hard. Books are a respite even in the best of times, and we want to make sure shelters are well-stocked with books that will continue to spark flights of fancy and joy."
Point Reyes Books, Point Reyes, is donating a percentage of sales this weekend to North Bay Fire Relief. Owners Molly Parent and Stephen Sparks wrote, "In the last few days, the town of Point Reyes has been a destination for many evacuees and the generosity on display as the community sprung into action has been incredible. To all who are affected and all who have stepped in to help, you're in our thoughts."