Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 26, 2020

Books set in Oakland

Fiction set in Oakland, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

At our last book club meeting (back when we still had in-person meetings – man, I remember it like it was two weeks ago…), some of you asked for recommendations of other books set in Oakland. Here are some places to start:

And if you’re interested in non-fiction books about Oakland, see our previous post about Oakland history books.

Did we miss any? Leave a comment and let us know if there are Oakland books we should add to our list.

Speaking of the book club: We’re working on a way to host our May book club discussion of Telegraph Avenue virtually via Zoom. The library’s license on the ebook version has run out so it’s not available through the library, but as of today it’s still available as an e-audiobook through the Hoopla app. Or, if you can afford it, support a local bookstore in these tough times and buy a physical or electronic copy through them – A Great Good Place for Books, which has partnered with FOML on a number of events, sells ebooks through Kobo and e-audiobooks through, and also has some ability to order physical books for delivery while they are closed. Many other Bay Area bookstores have similar set-ups, if you have a favorite.


  1. Best list I can find is from Oakland bookstore Walden Pond Books. Over 50 books!

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