Hi, my name is Meheen Ruby and I am a visual artist. I am a life long California resident and often take direct inspiration from the natural beauty but also the challenges of life here. For a long time I supported and labored under the nonprofit industrial complex, but now I realize my art can reach you better as an independent artist. To sit down and paint is a compulsion from birth that I have retained for reasons I do not always understand. No matter my career change, I always end up back at my easel or drawing table. Personal expression, connection to others, a deeper understanding of subject matter, or simply nothing swirls in my mind while I work.
Valerie Guardiola is an artist and poet whose work absorbs the tradition of remembrance into daily practice. Her work has been published in Pif Magazine, Soul Anatomy, Red Cedar Review, and The Voices Project, among many others. She is a co-founder of the Emerging Artists Alliance of Monterey and sits on the Osio Theater Board of Directors.Valerie is a life-long daughter of the West Coast and lives in California where she enjoys drinking overly-priced coffee, traveling whenever she can, and creating…always creating.
Ari Murillo-Edwards is a Salinas CA local, currently hunkered down in Monterey. They like to dip their toes into all of the creative pools – from writing songs, to years of being a theater mouse, making poetry & stories, and engaging in visual art as well (which is mostly doodles). For the time being, they are finding solace in the portals that art draws them into during this bizarre point in life. You can check out their music : Bedrooms – Transcend Me, Somebody! , on Spotify and Bandcamp.
Claire (Clairette) Durand-Gasselin
Claire (Clairette) Durand-Gasselinis a visual poet, artist and writer, a book designer, a French teacher and translator, and the Artistic Director of Mad Gleam Press.
Her practice initiates a creative wandering between visual and literary arts, to create hybrid bodies of work.
Hello everyone! Thank you for your love and support over the years. We’re thinking of innovative ways to try to stay afloat during these extremely difficult times, but we know that without extra help Monterey’s Old Capitol Books won’t be able to be around much longer.
Though we can’t be open, we’d love to still help you bring wonderful books into your life. For the duration of the quarantine, Old Capitol Books will be offering Book Care Packages of either $15, $25, or $100.
$15 Book Care Package What you get: One book personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus a special, unique gift! ORDER HERE
$25 Book Care Package What you get: Two books personally selected by our experienced booksellers based on your preferences, plus two special, unique gifts! ORDER HERE
$35 Books & Art Care Package
We’re teaming up with local artists to give you books and art! Each care package contains two books personally selected to your preferences, plus an original work of art by a local artist! ORDER HERE
$100 Book Care Package (Thank you Thank you Thank you!!) What you get: For $100 we’ll personally select a rare, vintage, or deluxe book based on your preferences. We’ll also include special unique gifts with your package. ORDER HERE
Be ready to storm the bookstore once we re-open with your very own special ordered gift certificate! We’ll send it directly to you so you can come get your books as soon as the shelter-in-place is lifted.
Hello everyone. In line with recommendations made to curb the spread of COVID-19, Old Capitol Books is canceling all in-store events until the end of May. After that, we will reassess the situation. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe!
We are very happy to announce that Old Capitol Books is under new ownership; it has recently been purchased by its employees, Ali Elfaki and Stephanie Spoto. They’re buying the bookstore and getting married all in the same week! Continue reading Old Capitol Books under new ownership→
Old Capitol Books will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be open on Christmas Eve until 4pm. Come get last minute gifts or take a break from the bustling outside world in our calm and beautiful bookstore. 🙂
Did you know that Old Capitol Books has probably the largest selection of cookbooks this side of San Francisco? We have over 3,000 cookbooks! [1,500 on the shelf and remainder in boxes – from the massive collection of Artie Jane Early. The re-known entertainer of the Monterey Peninsula] Books range from sleek and modern to quirky and vintage. We have an extensive collection of various international cooking, French and Italian cooking, local and California cuisine, glossy works by celebrity chefs, vintage recipe collections containing different immigrant food traditions, and much more!
NOW! All USED architecture, art, cookbooks, gardening, landscaping, and flower books are 50% off!