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 forty 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.
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.
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 Joan Aiken. She also loves Terry Prachett and Susanna Clarke. Rosie is also fond of crafts, especially anything to do with yarn or string.
Barbara, the social media manager and consignment coordinator, works to promote the store with wonderful images and by working with local authors. She loves to read literary fiction—her favorite authors include Colson Whitehead, Edith Wharton, and W. Somerset Maugham. When not at the bookstore, Barbara can be found either in a tennis or pétanque court or on her piano bench.
Brian is the used book buyer, in charge of selection and management of our collection of used books. He likes to read modern fiction, such as Lost Children Archive, Lanny, and Normal People. He has a Scotty dog named Finley who will occasionally come by the store for an afternoon. When not reading or working, Brian plays chess and the piano.
David, the newest member of the staff, enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy, and historical fiction such as The Wizard of Earthsea, Dune, and The Things They Carried. Some of his favorite authors include Ursula K. Leguin, Tom Robbins, and Pema Chodron. When David isn't reading, he loves hiking, traveling, playing basketball, and eating Mexican food.