Recent Blog Posts

  • Hey Folio Staff, what are you reading? - Ali: I’m reading House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and Gathering of Shadows, by V.E. Schwab. I just finished the Bone series by Jeff Smith and it was AMAZING. I also finished Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, the second book in...
  • Read All About It! - We’ve been profiled in Hoodline! Thanks to Rachel Grate for the “grate” write-up! We really appreciate it!   http://hoodline.com/2017/01/inside-folio-books-noe-valley
  • Winter Hours will commence on 1/2/2017 - Baby, it’s cold outside, so while we wait for the sun to return, we’ll be operating at winter hours from January 2nd, on. There are as follows: Monday – Friday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am to 8:00...
  • Book recommendations from our guest booksellers! - We had a great time this year for Small Business Saturday. Here are some of the books our awesome “guest booksellers” were recommending: Tim Floreen (author of Willful Machines and Tattoo Atlas): We are the Ants, by Shaun Hutchinson, Jess,...
  • Sacha Arnold reviews Nicotine, by Nell Zink - Nell Zink’s literary career to date has had a very enjoyable element of trolling incorporated into it. Her creative process produces entire novels on spec in mere weeks, excellent ones that simultaneously parody the conventions of commercial literary fiction and...
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! - On November 4, 2013, Folio Books opened its blue door to the public and our lives haven’t been the same since. Thank you for your wonderful friendship and support, it’s truly an honor to be your neighborhood bookstore!
  • Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem in the SF Chronicle! - Folio Friend Lily Janiak, the Theater Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle interviewed the great Tom Stoppard about his latest play (incidentally available here, at Folio Books)! http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/Tom-Stoppard-couldn-t-not-write-The-Hard-9976267.php
  • Sacha Arnold reviews Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang’s stories are Borgesian in form as well as in theme. Each considers the consequences of a concept or two with sufficient logical rigor to feel like a hypertrophied philosophical thought experiment. But Chiang’s characters are also actual humans...
  • Hey Folio Staff, what are you reading? - Ali: I just finished reading Chasing Secrets, by Gennifer Choldenko, who is coming to speak with our Middle Reader Bookworms Club about it on September 16. I also read Deep Secret, by Diana Wynne Jones, which I thoroughly enjoyed as well! Andrew:...
  • Sacha Arnold reviews Square Wave, by Mark de Silva - At 374 pages, Mark de Silva’s debut novel is about average size, but about double the size of the average Two Dollar Radio book. And it does need to be that “long” because it’s at least three novels in three...