Paul Yamazaki and Hannah Oliver Depp for READING THE ROOM **IN-PERSON**


Loyalty is very excited to welcome Paul Yamazaki and Hannah Oliver Depp to celebrate Reading the Room! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


Reading the Room is Paul Yamazaki's love letter to the work of bookselling and an engaged life of the mind.

Over twenty-four hours, Paul Yamazaki leads us through the stacks of storied City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco; the care and prowess of his approach to book buying; his upbringing in a Japanese American family in Southern California and moving to San Francisco at the height of revolutionary foment; working with legendary figures in the book publishing industry like Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sonny Mehta, and others; and his vision for the future of bookselling. Navigating building trust with readers and nurturing relationships across the literary industry, Yamazaki testifies to the value of generosity, sharing knowledge, and dialogue in a life devoted to books.


Paul Yamazaki has been the principal buyer at City Lights Booksellers, the legendary San Francisco bookstore and publisher founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, for more than fifty years. A champion for national and global literature, writers, publishers, and independent bookstores, Yamazaki was the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2023 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. He has mentored generations of booksellers across America.


Hannah Oliver Depp is the co-owner of Loyalty Bookstores in DC and MD. Loyalty is dedicated to diverse and intersectional literature, programs, and gifts for all ages. Oliver Depp has served on multiple American Bookseller Association committees and task forces. She is currently on the boards of and New Atlantic Independent Bookseller's Association. She holds a Masters in English from American University and was awarded the 2021 Women’s National Book Association Woman of the Year Award. She can be found on social media @oliverdepp and hopes you are prepared for many pictures of her muppety dog. 


Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781958846698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

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