Indie Love Stories: Copperfield’s in the San Francisco Bay Area

We LOVE Indie Bookstores! We’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to talk with some of the amazing people who work at local bookstores across the country for our Indie Love Stories series.

In this installment, we are profiling Copperfield’s, which has eight locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We spoke with their amazing Children’s Book Specialist, Patty Norman, to learn more about the store and the community.

via @copperfieldsbooks on Instagram
via @copperfieldsbooks on Instagram

1. Why did you want to work at an independent bookstore? How did you get involved?
I’ve always been an avid reader, and my kids were, too. I spent enough time and money in the bookstore that I was nearly indentured, so I jumped at the opportunity to work here.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your bookstore? If so, please tell us!
It’s a nod to David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

3. How long has your store been open?
Somewhere around 38 years.

4. What is your favorite part about working at an independent bookstore?
Helping kids find books that resonate with them. There’s a book for every reader, if you listen to them. Someone called me the Olivander of children’s books (Harry Potter reference) and there’s no higher praise


There's a book for every reader, if you listen to them.

5. What makes the community or neighborhood where your bookstore is located unique?
The Petaluma Copperfield’s is located in a lovely warm and really connected community – we love supporting them, and in turn, they support us. I think we’re very, very lucky.

6. Do you have any community programs for teens?
We do a lot of events with authors and kids and teens, including Bookstormer dinners, where kids are invited to join us for dinner with a visiting author. Some of those dinners have been pretty legendary. (Or, you know, getting to go to a meet and greet with author and actor Jason Segel. In a cemetery.)

7. Any last words you want to tell our young readers?
Kids + reading = world peace. Believe me.

Patty Norman with an avid reader in Copperfield's
Patty Norman with an avid reader in Copperfield's

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