Do you already know about this unique bookstore? Marcus Books is the oldest African American bookstore in the USA, and it happens to be right here in Oakland, at 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. West, on a corner on the east side of the street, just before MacArthur Blvd. I believe they opened around 1960. They also have a store in San Francisco on Fillmore that I heard is reopening soon. They have an amazing collection of books by and about African Americans, maybe exclusively, including a good selection of children’s books. Also black greeting cards.
I was very excited to “discover” them and left a copy of my novel “Flight to Ohio, from Slavery to Passing to Freedom,” with Blanche Richardson, one of the owners, in the hope they will carry it. I heard about Marcus Books from a friend who, when I told him about my novel, said he couldn’t believe I had never heard about it or been there!