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Posted on May 27 at 12:49 p.m.

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue went on sale today, Tuesday, May 27.

On <em>The Phantom of Fifth Avenue</em>

Posted on October 10 at 12:28 p.m.

I'm sorry to hear of Green & Yellow Basket's closing. I enjoyed shopping there and the Doughertys deserve a great deal of credit for so many decades of success.

The store is not, however, the city's oldest surviving retail store. Jedlica's has been in business since 1932, though I don't know if the Santa Barbara or Los Olivos store opened first. And my own business, the Book Den, moved to our current location from Oakland in 1933. There may be others.

We Santa Barbarans can make a difference. We can spend our money in our own home town, keep our sales tax dollars at home and support our friends and neighbors. Or we can spend out of town and feel bad when another local institution goes under.

On Green & Yellow Basket Closing

Posted on April 5 at 11:18 a.m.

Mr. Hormozfar was a kind, helpful and immensely knowledgeable man. He almost always had what I needed, even if I didn't know exactly what that was. And he saved me endless trouble by explaining exactly how to do what I needed to do. A true asset to the community who will be sorely missed.

On San Andres Hardware Owner Dies

Posted on November 23 at 5:07 p.m.

I met Lenny shortly after I bought The Book Den in 1979. And, in fact, I hired him to voice a radio commercial. I had written this script with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson extolling the qualities of The Book Den, but I was too poor, or cheap, to hire two voice actors. So Lenny did both parts, so beautifully that you would never know there was only one man behind the two voices. Lenny was a sweet man. I ran into him on the street a while ago. As ever, just seeing him brought a smile to my face.

On Len Black 1931 – 2011

Posted on August 18 at 7:54 p.m.

Well, I wouldn't call "Go the F**k to Sleep" a children's book exactly. It is a perfect gift for new parents, though - or those you wish to dissuade from becoming parents. And it's available at The Book Den.

On Lewd Lullabies

Posted on February 18 at 5:04 p.m.

The smartest thing Borders did in Santa Barbara was to hire Kate Schwab. The dumbest thing was to let her go. Kate gave the Borders store a face and a local quality that's rare in chain stores.

On Who—or What—Killed Borders?

Posted on February 10 at 1:41 p.m.

Both of John D. McCafferty's books, Aliso School and Aliso II Recuerdos are available at The Book Den

On Carpinteria’s Segregated Past

Posted on February 9 at 10:05 a.m.

If there's ever been anyone who deserves her success, it's Mahri. Chaucer's - the store, the inventory, the staff, and Mahri herself - is all about the books.

On Chaucer’s Dominates Santa Barbara Bookstores

Posted on December 30 at 1:56 p.m.

We have Gardner's book in stock at The Book Den, 15 East Anapamu Street.

On Wandering Mountain Drive’s Wacky Hermitage

Posted on December 5 at 10:32 p.m.

Thanks, Barney, for the nod to used book stores. I'd like to point out that one will still be able to buy new books downtown after January 7th. The Book Den has been selling new books, as well as used, in downtown Santa Barbara since 1933. In the light of upcoming events, we'll be expanding our offerings.

On Santa Barbara to Books: Drop Dead

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