CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 8TH

UPB will be closed for three weeks, starting on Tuesday, March 17th, observing instructions from county officials and the city of Berkeley to shelter in place.

No reading groups nor author events will meet through April. Check our calendar for details and updates.

These measures should slow the spread of the virus to avoid overloading public and private health services all at once.

Unfortunately, our on-line fulfillment team is also sheltering in place, which means despite previous announcements, we are NOT shipping orders until after we're again operational.

But you can still purchase eBooks and audio books through us. Distributed by Hummingbird, they include publications from the major publishing houses. Jut access the menu link or the sidebar image.

We’re riding eventualities as they unfold and cannot predict when the store will open and gatherings will resume. The Cafe Ohlone has also cancelled dates. Check their website for tentative dates and any further cancelations.

Should you have questions, email us via our contact form.

Those Halcyon Days

Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.

How many can you identify?

Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.

All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.

We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.

Front facade of University Press Books

From 1974, University Press Books has stoked the blaze of well over ten thousand minds on fire, carrying new scholarship published by the great university presses in the English-speaking world.

Since our founding, we've added quality fiction and creative non-fiction to our selection, without drfiting from our mission to showcase top new texts introduced by university presses.

Order from us. Visit us. Let well-wrought words churn and burn within.