Pasadena is getting its first independent bookstore highlighting BIPOC authors—and it’s certainly one for the books!
Literature can transport you to different places, expand your horizons, and challenge your imagination. As a book lover herself, Nikki High recognizes this power and has been inspired to open a space of her very own—with an incredible mission.
“Once I discovered books written by people who looked like me, I was opened to a new world of history, fiction, sci-fi, and more,” shared High on the upcoming bookstore’s GoFundMe. “I am now working to create a space where readers of all walks of life can enjoy these books, a space to find your new BFF inside a book, a space to find community, enjoy a cup of coffee, read, relax, find unique and specially curated products from artisans from around the world and in our neighborhood.”
Her store is set to be called Octavia’s Bookshelf—a fitting name after the iconic Octavia E. Butler, a famous Pasadena science fiction writer and the first Black woman to gain acclaim in the genre. The local community is in full support of this soon-to-be bibliophile hotspot, and with their help, High has been able to raise $11,050 on GoFundMe to make it a reality.
As of right now, the shop is still in the works, but don’t fret dear bookworms! Octavia’s Bookshelf just received a fresh coat of paint, a few bookshelves, and official signage on the door. You can expect your new favorite bookstore to open on Saturday February 18th at 10am. Be sure to check back here for updates.
You can also find updates, and support the grand opening of the bookstore by donating to High’s GoFundMe here.
📍 Location: 1365 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104