where the writers are
City Lights

Living in the Bay Area, it's pretty hard to not talk about City Lights. It was one of the first stores I visited in San Francisco. With the wide selection of fiction, poetry and unusual nonfiction titles, I don't think there's a book you can't find there. Plus, it's oozing with literary history as the home of the Beat writers and smack in the middle of North Beach, and right next to the coffee shop where Kerouac, Ginsberg and the light used to hang out. The only problem is you can easily lose track of time once you start browsing City Lights. It was pretty exciting, and a personal bonue  to visit the first time and find my own book, The Jazz Exiles:American Musicians Abroad on a shelf in the basement.