- Initial Press Release to Media -- 11/10/2016
- Press Release to DIESEL-Oakland Mailing List -- 11/11/2016
- "Changes in the Works for Oakland's DIESEL, A Bookstore," Shelf Awareness -- 11/11/2016
- "Diesel bookstore to be reborn as East Bay Booksellers," San Francisco Chronicle -- 11/11/2016
- "Oakland: DIESEL bookstore plans to change owners, name," East Bay Times -- 11/15/2016
- "What It Takes To Open a Bookstore," New York Times -- 11/29/2016 [Note: this article doesn't mention EBB by name, but Brad features briefly. It is, however, a wonderful review of Greenlight Bookstore's community lending success, which we and several other stores around the country have emulated.]
Frequently Asked Questions
* Why does DIESEL want to change ownership? Alison Reid and John Evans (the owners of DIESEL, A Bookstore -- in Oakland, Brentwood and Larkspur) are right now only looking to sell the Oakland store to one person, and that's Brad Johnson. Lots of reasons can be stated, but they all basically boil down to their recognition of themselves (as booksellers) in him. He is passionate and smart about the role in a way they respect, and they think he will carry DIESEL's legacy forward in a vibrant, new way.
* Why the change of name to East Bay Booksellers? DIESEL's other two locations are not on the market, and will thus be operating unchanged in the event Brad secures funding to buy the Oakland location. Therefore, the need for a new name. East Bay Booksellers is a declaration of identity -- that where we are matters as much as what we do. You won't meet many people as passionate about this relationship between place and profession as Brad.
* How much money are you hoping to raise? DIESEL is known throughout the East Bay (and the bookselling world in general) as having an impeccably curated, diverse collection of books. East Bay Booksellers will be no different in this regard. We hope always to have the books you come in looking for, but our biggest pleasure is when you discover something you didn't even know existed. In our experience, it takes about $200,000, for the inventory and proper capitalization.
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