Books Inc. Opening Store in San Leandro, Calif.; Drag Queen Story Time Disrupted
Books Inc., which has 10 stores in the Bay Area, including two at San Francisco International Airport, is opening a store in San Leandro, Calif., next Tuesday, September 13. The new store is located at 2483 Washington Ave. The grand opening will feature giveaways, raffles, tasty treats and "lots of great books to enlighten, inspire, and entertain."
Books Inc. CEO Andy Perham said, "Since moving our headquarters from San Francisco in October of last year, our team has enjoyed getting to know San Leandro. The community has been so welcoming and we can't wait to provide an exceptional book buying experience in our robust new store!"
Books Inc. has some 150 employees and traces its roots back to 1851.
In other Books Inc. news, last Wednesday, a drag queen story time at the company's Campbell location was disrupted by protesters and continued after protesters were moved outside.
The event starred Tori Tia, who told NBC Bay Area that during the reading, a protester got up and interrupted: "He was saying like some really transphobic stuff. Like he was calling me a 'transvestite' and I shouldn't be let around the children, and the parents should be ashamed of themselves."
After the protesters were removed, the windows were blocked by supporters who held up pride flags. Tia added, "I'm really proud of not only our Gay and Queer community, but our allies and the parents that brought their children and made sure their children knew nothing but the love and the light that we were there, to be there for them."
In the days leading up to the reading, Books Inc. had received threats, which led the store to notify Tori Tia and Silicon Valley Pride, who made sure to have supporters on hand. In June, a drag queen story time at the San Lorenzo Public Library was also disputed by protesters.