Founders Emmett McDonough and Sharon Hoshida will be kicking off the festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Helene Schneider. Remarks by owners McDonough and Hoshida will follow, along with an introduction of other attending city officials and Granada Book staff including Mark Zolezzi and Andrea McCormick. Anna and the Band will be playing lively music.

At 6 p.m., poems written especially for Granada Books by Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate Chryss Yost and poet laureate ex-emeritus’ Barry Spacks, Perie Longo, Paul Willis and David Starkey will be read. The event will last until 7 p.m.

Granada Books features an extensive children’s section, local writers and regional interests, and scholarly books that support the area’s local institutions of higher learning. Granada Books also includes a comprehensive selection of fiction and specialty areas such as food and wine, gardening, the arts (both fine and folk), current issues, healthy living, active lifestyles, and gift items for readers and writers of all ages.

Emmett McDonough, a retired corporate executive, brings his business acumen and financial backing, while Sharon Hoshida, former director of the Women’s Center at UC Santa Barbara and community activist, will draw upon her extensive network for marketing outreach.

Granada Books will offer a respite from the hectic pace of our everyday lives. We believe that Santa Barbara is a community that will value and support a local, independent bookstore,” McDonough says about their motivation and enthusiasm for this business endeavor.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Maria Long at or Nancy Shobe at


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