Here’s a link to the talk Faith and other long-term business owners in Palo Alto gave regarding their businesses’ histories on October 3, 2021. Included in this talk are Georgie Gleim of Gleim Jewelers, Leslie Mills and Sue Diggle Mills of Mills the Florist, and Alex Wilbur of Wilbur Properties.
See photos of our earliest days, as well as our current staff.
Yesterday morning Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell visited Bell’s to sign her new memoir entitled Her Honor. Judge Cordell is the first African-American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, has been a member of the Palo Alto City Council, and she is an ardent advocate for court reform. We have signed copies of her memoir in stock right now, and it is a must-read!
Sunday, October 3rd, from 2 to 3 PM the Palo Alto Historical Association will be hosting a webinar entitled “Against the Odds: Palo Alto Businesses over 50 Years Old,” and our own Faith Bell will be participating to share some of the people and events that have shaped Bell’s Books and its relationship to Palo Alto’s rich heritage.
Our Margo Davis photography event went splendidly. Congratulations to Margo for a sizable and enthusiastic turnout!
Margo (center), flanked by friends and family in front of Bell’s at the event on Sunday, September 19th. Professor Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, is on the far left, and Margo’s son Julian is immediately to the right of her.
Our newest window display features the photography of Margo Davis! Margo is a specialist in black-and-white portrait photography, and we are delighted to present her striking images to you. We have copies of three of her books, UNDER ONE SKY, ANTIGUA, and ANTIGUA BLACK, for sale, as well as copies of the two large posters in the window.
Along with the window display, we invite you to join Margo in person at the bookstore on Sunday, September 19, from 2pm to 4pm. This is a special opportunity to meet the photographer and discuss her work. These photographs are best seen in person, so we hope you will stop by to take a look! The window will only be in place for a limited time, and Margo will only be here on Sunday.
(Please note: this gathering will take place outside of the bookstore. Masks are recommended at the gathering and required inside the bookstore. Drinks will not be permitted inside the bookstore. Please help us keep this event safe for everyone.)
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Excitement! We have recently received an extensive collection of collectible Caldecott Medal winners.
Established in 1938, the Caldecott Medal honors each year “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” We have a large number of these titles, many scarce in first editions, signed by the artists and/or authors.
Here are a few highlights:
A signed copy of Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings
Leo and Diane Dillon’s Ashanti to Zulu, signed by both illustrators!
A signed First Edition of The Biggest Bear by Lyn Ward
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, signed First Edition
We are open from 11 to 5 every day of the week.
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Our entire staff is fully vaccinated (i.e., they are all more than two weeks past their second Covid-19 vaccine doses). Nevertheless, we will all be wearing masks in the store for your safety and will ask you to do the same.