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Honoring the Capitola Book Cafe

On Dec. 12, 2011 Senator Simitian honored the Capitola Book Cafe as the Small Business of the Year. The Small Business of the Year award is presented by state legislators in conjunction with the California Small Business Association.

The Book Café has been in business since 1980, featuring an inventory of 65,000 titles in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, as well as greeting cards, magazines and newspapers. Just as important, it provides a forum for the discussion of books and ideas through its author series, hosting 12 to 15 events a month.  In the past, the Book Café has presented such prominent authors as Salman Rushdie, David Sedaris and T.C. Boyle.

Simitian has named an independent bookseller as Small Business of the Year in his district for seven consecutive years. Previous honorees were Linden Tree in Los Altos, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Kepler’s in Menlo Park, Bell’s Books in Palo Alto, Hicklebee’s in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood, and Books Inc. in Palo Alto.

After the presentation, author Frank Bardacke discussed his book, “Trampling Out The Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the United Farm Workers.”