Member Monday: All About Books by Richard Lucas

Welcome  back to Member Monday.  Today it’s my pleasure to share a piece by Richard Lucas on how he and his lovely wife, Abby, came to be the unlikely owners of All About Books.

All About Books

By Richard Lucas

It wasn’t a lifelong dream, even though two generations of Lucas’ had all ready done it. My grandfather started Lucas Books in Berkeley. It wasn’t even a short-term plan. We both had jobs. It just sort of fell into our laps. In 2001, we found an ad about a bookstore for sale. My wife, Abby, was ready to do something new, I was completing my latest novel, so we checked it out. It was obvious that the current owners had had enough and they agreed to a good price and we decided, what the heck.

That was eleven years ago and we are still at it. I have joined Abby in running the store full-time and have since completed three more novels. We survived the economic downturn in 2008, barely. People started coming back to books for entertainment.  E-books became popular and cut into the business, but soon people found that not everything was available and used bookstores to fill in the gaps. The entire shopping center on Lake Blvd where we were located was suffering so we decided it was time for a change.

In February of this year we opened our new location on Court St in downtown Redding. Focusing on the revitalization of the area, we have joined forces with the Shasta Art Council for the Second Saturday Art Night. Dozens of businesses stay open late one night a month to promote local art, music, theater and for us, authors. Each event we featuring local authors for book signings. We have established a Local Author section, prominently displayed near the front of the store.  As a local author, I realize how hard it is to get any kind of exposure for your books. We hope that our efforts will bear fruit and allow everyone access to a larger audience. Stop by and see what we are doing and join us each Second Saturday night.  For more information on Second Saturday Art Night, please visit the Writers Forum Calendar of Events Page.

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April Writers Forum & Second Saturday Art Night Photos

The second Saturday of each month is a great day for writers in the North State.  Every second Saturday we have our Writers Forum monthly meeting and then local authors conduct book signings at All About Books.  It’s a great time to be a writer in the North State!

Kate Bourland educated Writers Forum on the ins and outs of blogging.

Writers Forum members furiously scribbled notes while dreaming big about our the possibility of own blogs.

Later that night Redding residents came out for Second Saturday Art Night to visit local authors at All About Books.

Author and Writers Forum member Edna Eades featured autographed copies of her book.

Author and All About Books owner, Richard Lucas featured his books and those of many other local authors.

If you’re a writer and would like to be a featured author during the Second Saturday Art Night, please contact Richard Lucas at All About Books.

See you soon at our May Writers Forum meeting!