I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I love to drift into book shops to find old friends, new subjects, and things I didn’t know I was interested in. I like the sort of place where you can’t fail to walk in and find something to fill some quiet time or a perfect gift. I found that at Alibi Bookshop.
Neil Gaiman once said “A town isn’t a town without a bookstore.” The owner of Alibi Bookshop, Karen Finlay and her husband, Jon Buchard, transitioned an existing bookstore in downtown Vallejo into Alibi Bookshop. This proudly independent woman-owned bookstore was included in the book “Best Bookstores in California and The West”.
Located at 624 Marin St. in downtown Vallejo, right next to Anchor Pantry (Sam Loeffler wrote about it here in June 2023), Alibi is a cute and quirky bookshop that can feed your mind, heart, and soul. It’s piled high with new and used books–including local authors and tons of Vallejo history, but Alibi Bookshop isn’t limited to books. They also have games, local art, greeting cards and things you may not know you needed. If you know you need a book and they don’t have it, Karen will find it and order it for you. She’s done that for me. Alibi Bookshop hosts a monthly Book Club discussion in addition to being active in Vallejo activities like the monthly Art Walk and holiday celebrations. Now’s a great time to get acquainted and support your local hometown bookstore. Well, actually, anytime is a great time. To learn more about Alibi Bookshop, visit https://alibibookshop.com/ and follow them on social media at https://www.facebook.com/alibibookshop/ and https://www.instagram.com/alibibookshop/.
Join us for a Hiddenbrooke Neighbor Meet-up with Alibi Bookshop on Friday, December 15, 2023 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St, in downtown Vallejo. Alibi has teamed up with the Empress Theatre for a special Vallejo Noir that evening with “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller, author and host of Turner Classic Movie’s weekly “Noir Alley”. The evening will begin at 7:00 pm with cocktails in the lounge (no host bar) and a book-signing featuring Muller’s latest releases, presented by Alibi Bookshop. Eddie will be joined in conversation at 8:00 pm by jazz musician Nick Rossi. They will discuss the dark world of Film Noir before introducing the feature film “Pitfall”. In this 1948 noir classic, a married man’s life runs off the rails when he has an affair with a beautiful model, igniting the jealousy of the psychotic private eye who’s stalking her. Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, and Vallejo’s own Raymond Burr co-star. Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance at https://empresstheatre.org/event/pitfall-and-book-signing/.