Wolfman Books, closed by the pandemic, to reopen under new name and ownership

Wolfman Books, closed by the pandemic, to reopen under new name and ownership

Wolfman Books, a narrow Oakland storefront and cultural center that closed permanently in July, will soon be resurrected by the store’s former employees. A group of five determined and optimistic workers who call themselves “Wolfemme + Them” will take over the space at 410 13th St. as soon as Saturday, Aug. 15. They secured a one-year lease and will have to start from scratch because everything, including the bookcases, tables and furniture were removed before or during Wolfman’s closing party. A single name that encompasses both Wolfemme + Them and the store itself will be announced on the Wolfman Books Instagram account (@wolfman_books) in the coming days, the group said. Whatever the name, the store promises to be a co-op bookstore and community center for creative collaboration and organizing. It will not be registered as a nonprofit, but the expectation is that it will operate that way. “We are five former Wolfman employees, but the new space is completely different and not an iteration of Wolfman Books,” said Samantha Maria Espinoza, one of the partners, in a video conference call with The Chronicle. “We are really into transparency,” added Tara Marsden. The other partners are Jevohn Tyler Newsome, Sophia Schultz Rocha and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. The 750-square-foot space is located one block from the 12th Street BART station and across from the City Center. Under the original Wolfman configuration, it was packed in with bookcases, a publishing house, a screening room and a bathroom that was open to the public, not only customers. When the bookstore ...
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