A Different Light Bookstore

★★★☆☆
  • 489 Castro St

    San Francisco, CA 94114

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  • 415-431-0891

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Once upon a time, A Different Light was a mini-chain that drove the long-time gay bookstore, Walt Whitman, out of business. Over time, A Different Light has had fewer and fewer books. It has outlasted a chain store coming and going across Castro Street, but is now more a card and video store that has some books.

Nonetheless, its residual prestige and Castro Street location draw some gay authors to appear at the store, and it serves some function as a cruising ground for literate gay men.

The staff would mostly like to be elsewhere, some fancying themselves as writers (OK, some former employees have made the transition!). A lack of knowledge about gay and lesbian literature is all-too-frequently displayed by the staff.

PROS: wide selection of gay magazines
CONS: dwindling selection of g/l books; ignorant, disengaged staff

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★★☆☆☆

Once upon a time, A Different Light was a mini-chain that drove the long-time gay bookstore, Walt Whitman, out of business. Over time, A Different Light has had fewer and fewer books. It has outlasted a chain store coming and going across Castro Street, but is now more a card and video store that has some books.

Nonetheless, its residual prestige and Castro Street location draw some gay authors to appear at the store, and it serves some function as a cruising ground for literate gay men.

The staff would mostly like to be elsewhere, some fancying themselves as writers (OK, some former employees have made the transition!). A lack of knowledge about gay and lesbian literature is all-too-frequently displayed by the staff.

PROS: wide selection of gay magazines
CONS: dwindling selection of g/l books; ignorant, disengaged staff

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The only full on gay book store in town should have some nicer people back in the office. Front counter people are nice enough and knowledgeable but watch out for anyone over the age of 45 who works there. Males with attitude. Also, if you show up after 9 at night (they don't close until midnight) prepare to be caught in the middle of a cruise fest.

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★★★★☆

The only full on gay book store in town should have some nicer people back in the office. Front counter people are nice enough and knowledgeable but watch out for anyone over the age of 45 who works there. Males with attitude. Also, if you show up after 9 at night (they don't close until midnight) prepare to be caught in the middle of a cruise fest.

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A longtime fixture in the Castro, this bookstore doubles as a community center of sorts wth it's frequent readings from gay & lesbian authors. Not a suburban chain store bookshop, A Different Light has all sorts of publications, erotica, novels & non-fiction and whatnot. Extensive section of gay themed small press publications, and biographies of cross dressing counter cultural heroes. A great spot with unique local authors, and a focus on out of the ordinary literary stuff. The shelves are dotted with helpful staff recommendations that will let you find what you are looking for.

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★★★★☆

A longtime fixture in the Castro, this bookstore doubles as a community center of sorts wth it's frequent readings from gay & lesbian authors. Not a suburban chain store bookshop, A Different Light has all sorts of publications, erotica, novels & non-fiction and whatnot. Extensive section of gay themed small press publications, and biographies of cross dressing counter cultural heroes. A great spot with unique local authors, and a focus on out of the ordinary literary stuff. The shelves are dotted with helpful staff recommendations that will let you find what you are looking for.

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I would not reccomend this bookstore to anyone. They are anything but helpful and usually rude. When they order books for you, it takes forever, only to find out they couldn't get it, but they never contect you to let you know this. They do have a nice selection, but you can find everything they have anywhere else and you should!

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I would not reccomend this bookstore to anyone. They are anything but helpful and usually rude. When they order books for you, it takes forever, only to find out they couldn't get it, but they never contect you to let you know this. They do have a nice selection, but you can find everything they have anywhere else and you should!

Pros: none

Cons: Rude, Unorganized, bad service

 

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