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The Booksmith is a clean and friendly independent bookstore located in the heart of San Francisco's famous Haight-Ashbury district. It is, however, by no means the only independent bookstore in a metropolitan area known for its literary tastes. For more information and an overview of independent bookstores, see Book Stores of SF and the Bay Area in the San Francisco Traveler Articles.
This particular store features a large selection of new books and magazines for all interests and ages. They also have an active author events calendar mostly comprised of literary authors interspersed with rock stars and politicians. The children's section is large and well-stocked with something for every age group. The staff is helpful and there are lots of handwritten 'staff recommend' notes throughout the store. They also have an impressive selection of new, signed, literary titles.
The store ships internationally as well.