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Chaucer’s Books on Travel, Design, Cuisine

Mahri Kerley opened Chaucer’s Bookstore, located in the Loreto Plaza Shopping Center, and will be celebrating 40 years in business in November.  Chaucer’s offers great customer service and an impressive selection, housing over 150,000 books. Editor’s picks during a recent visit uncovers a few choice publications on travels abroad, culinary books and current trends on interior design and building green.




An astoundingly diverse selection is available on art, architecture, garden and interior design.

If you’re remodeling or considering building a new home or garden, this is a good starting point for researching both classical and contemporary design elements.




Get lost in the TRAVEL SECTION that provides current maps and recent edition guide books that will help you get the most out of your travel destinations. Top travel writers offer entertaining cultural insight and share their experiences while traveling worldwide, or living abroad.




Browse through the children’s room of books, toys and games, located in the adjoining room. You’ll also find a huge section on cooking and entertaining, by both local and internationally acclaimed authors.




Chaucer’s customers receive personal attention, from recommendations for book club topics to finding that special order book, and think of the bookstore as a community center; a place where they can spend a few quiet moments or attend popular book signings with notable authors like Sue Grafton and Pico Iyer.

“Perhaps Chaucer’s Bookstore stands for something larger than mere books.  Most of us can get anything we want online these days — except for the tactile reassurance of human contact, the chance to do nothing at all and a sense of connection that persists even after the electricity has gone off and the batteries run out. Convenience is not always an ideal substitute for companionship, and speed isn’t infallibly the fastest way to well-being. Even the $2. or $10. discounts that corporations can offer may exact a cost at some deeper level that sometimes we find ourselves paying and paying.”
A quote from Pico Iyer in an LA Times article on Chaucer’s Bookstore.

HOURS:  Mon-Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun: 9:00am-8:00pm


C H A U C E R ‘ S  B O O K S T O R E

3321 State Street (Loreto Plaza Shopping Center)
Santa Barbara CA 93105





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