Press is one of my favorite bookstores in San Francisco. My friend Katherine Krause, the cofounder and editor of Dossier, first introduced me to it one day while we cruised around the neighborhood on a hunt for bagels at nearby Wise Sons. I loved the eighties-style neon store logo. Then, Why Don’t You? by Diana Vreeland, a rare collection of her advice columns of the same name for Harper’s Bazaar, jumped out at me. Sold.
Husband-and-wife team Nick Sarno and Paulina Nassar own the store, which carries old and new books along with “tools for a literary life,” such as incredibly fine-tipped non-smearing pens and stationery from Germany and Japan. Paulina used to run Resurrection in New York—hello! “All the used books are out of print and are on photography, art, design, craft, and whatever we are into. We change. We love photojournalism from the seventies, like Danny Lyon. All the new books are small press,” Paulina says. Nick was an editor at Green Lantern Press, in Chicago, and is a writer, having published books, including a translation of Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell. The couple will launch their own small press, Works on Paper, this summer with three books. And they regularly host readings.
For more information, visit pressworksonpaper.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Goodman ; Courtesy of Press