Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction
Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.
Nisha Manek is a former esteemed member of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Rheumatology and an internationally recognized leader of Integrative Medicine. In her commitment and dedication to innovative approaches to health and wellness, she seeks to synthesize and unify her work as a physician and scientist with Spiritual inquiry and practice. Related to the subject of consciousness and healing, Nisha moderated HH 14th Dalai Lama's visit to Mayo clinic in 2008. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.
Nancy Hillis, MD is an artist, Stanford trained psychiatrist and best-selling author. Nancy guides artists to create their deepest, most authentic art through her signature approach, which combines art and psychiatry. She’s helped thousands of artists transform their work from the inside out, operating from the conviction that artistic creation has as much to do with psychology as it does with paint and canvas.
Nancy has been featured in Inc. magazine and The New York Observer. Nancy lives in Santa Cruz, CA with her partner and daughter.
Linda Donovan is a writer, grief-support advocate, and marketing consultant. She has been a professional writer for more than 30 years, and her work has appeared in books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and other publications. She won a 2014 Writer’s Digest award for a digital version of a self-help book that she coauthored. Linda became involved with her local hospice after experiencing how the hospice team provided so much assistance to her family. She has been leading grief-support groups for Hospice of Santa Cruz County for more than a decade.
Nathan Lawrence built a career around documenting core elements of the disparate surf nuclei in Santa Cruz and Bali. He then went to work with Surfing and What Youth magazines and has travelled the globe for more than 20 years photographing editorial and advertising campaigns. CITY SURF is his first book.
STEPHEN HOSMER is a self-taught sign maker, graphic artist, painter. He painted his first sign in 1979, and has owned and operated Stokes Signs in Santa Cruz since 1986, now with his wife Nani and son Drew. He was voted Santa Cruz Artist of the Year in 2008, and was a Gail Rich Award recipient in 2012.
Elijah Howe is a photographer from Eureka California with a BA in Photography from Humboldt State University. His work explores the technical elements of photography and uses his lens to convey his own perception of the land and urban environments. His first book BreakWater has been released in a limited run of 50 copies and his second major publication “A Voyage Home” will be published towards the end of 2019. He currently is a print machine operator at Bay Photo Lab in Scott’s Valley.
Since 1979, Merit Academy's College Advisor, Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy, M.A., has founded and directed numerous organizations including Professional Tutoring Programs, R.E.C. Day Camp/Ski Club, Merit Academy, Merit Educational Consultants, LLC. and Merit Professional Organizers. Her educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Educational Administration and a California Teaching Credential.
Jack Fitzgerald is also the author of other books such as Contessa, Paris Plays, Viva la Evolución, Roger Should Have Said Yes, Teddy Bear Murders and Murder Impossible as well as many stage plays and screenplays.