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About Us

Forest Books is a family run, used and rare bookshop that offers a curated selection of exceptional books.  Each book in the shop is hand selected with the intention of offering books of the highest standard representing world culture, the arts, literature, the humanities and social sciences.

We offer a large selection of popular fiction in pocket book and larger trade paper back editions as well as hard cover editions in all categories. Our books are the very best quality including out of print, rare and signed editions in literature and the arts.

"I came to realize I had to do something to benefit the community that also would do the least harm.  So the first aim of Forest Books is to present an atmosphere of peace so powerful it can be felt outside the store as well.  I wanted to express the direct evidence that peace is possible anywhere. This is what people experience here.  Forest is a sanctuary of peace. If it is possible here, in a public place, it is possible everywhere.  I wanted to demonstrate that peace is possible in your home, in your workplace, and in your heart."

- Jakushu Gregory Wood


“Resistance, at root, must mean more than resistance against war.  It is resistance against all kinds of things that are like war…so perhaps, resistance means opposition to being invaded, occupied, assaulted and destroyed by the system.  The purpose of resistance, here is to seek the healing of yourself in order to be able to see clearly…I think that communities of resistance should be places where people can return to themselves more easily, where the conditions are such that they can heal themselves and recover their wholeness.”

- Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh


Find us in San Francisco’s Japantown in the open air plaza that has the famed Ruth Asawa stream sculpture and the Tori Gate. We’re at 1748 Buchanan Street between Post and Sutter Streets in view of the great Peace Pagoda.