Readers' Books was founded in 1991 by Andy and Lilla Weinberger. We have a mix of new and used books for readers of all ages, focusing on literature, children's books, and cookbooks. We are located half a block east of the historic Sonoma Plaza.
Andy, the owner of Readers' Books, is also the author of the Amos Parisman Mysteries. He uses his experience growing up in Pasadena and Hollywood to inform his gumshoe stories and is hard at work on continuing the series. He likes to read books on history and literary fiction. When not reading or writing, he loves to play the guitar.
Jude, the head buyer at Readers' Books, has been in the industry for over fifty years. She lends her considerable skill to curating our adult book selection as well as our beautiful collection of notecards, puzzles, and journals. She is a great lover of literary fiction, especially the works of Howard Norman, Jane Austen, and Barbara Pym. Jude is also on the board of the Sonoma Overnight Support. Outside of work, she likes to scope out estate sales, work in the garden with her cat, and cook.
Rosie, the children's buyer and events coordinator at Readers' Books, grew up in Sonoma and spent her very first paycheck at Readers' Books. As the children's buyer, she strives to maintain a diverse section filled with both classics and new releases. Her favorite children's/YA authors are Diana Wynne Jones, Mindy McGinnis, and Kate Alice Marshall. She also loves Terry Prachett and Susanna Clarke. Rosie is fond of crafts, especially anything to do with yarn or string.
Thea, the general manager at Readers' Books, has worked here for over twenty years, making her tenure the longest ever in the history of the store. She loves literary fiction and science fiction/fantasy, including Haruki Murakami, Mark Helprin, and Ann Patchett. When not reading, Thea enjoys long walks, hikes, and meeting friendly local dogs.
Petal, the social media manager, works to capture the life of Readers’ Books with wonderful images and videos. They grew up in Sonoma, educated in school and life elsewhere and have since returned home. They tend to focus on reading queer and LGBTQ+ authors and stories, a few favorites being Rin Chupeco, Torrey Peters, and Emme Lund. When free from a screen, Petal enjoys being a nonty (their gender neutral alternative to auntie/uncle) to their niece and making homemade pizza from scratch.
Nancy, a bookseller and chief shelf-duster at Reader’s Books, has lived in Sonoma for almost a decade. She loves the feel of small-town living. Her favorite reads are historical fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and romantic comedies. She has also been exploring the graphic novel format. Emily St. John Mandel, Casey McQuiston, Louise Penny and Sarah Maas are among the authors whose books Nancy has appreciated recently. In her free time, Nancy enjoys quilting, cooking and gardening.
Brian is returning to bookselling from a break. As well as talking with customers he appreciates all the other aspects of operating a small bookstore . He has been in the industry for over 10 years at multiple bookstores throughout the area. While focusing on literary fiction both contemporary and classic like Valeria Luiselli and Marilynne Robinson, he is also trying to read more genres from scholarly science to fun science fiction. Apart from books, Brian's passions include sports, music, playing chess, and bothering his dog.
Kasper is the newest to the store. They use all pronouns, but mostly they/them. They like to read fiction, poetry, and fantasy, some of their favorite authors being Donna Tartt, Jorge Luis Borges, and Edgar Allan Poe. They are a supporter of the Oxford comma and a lover of marine biology and reptiles, especially their late pet chameleon, Sylvester. They write and listen to podcasts in their free time. They have been coming to Readers since they were a kid, begging their mom to take them the second Rick Riordan released a new book.