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Wolfman Books is a bookstore, small press, event space, and community arts hub in downtown Oakland. Founded in 2014 with the mission of creating a sustainable home for the Bay Area's vibrant underground culture, it is a place where diverse and underrepresented, particularly emerging, artists and writers can gather to experiment, participate, and incubate new projects in an environment of joy and genuine connection. Many years in, Wolfman has become a vital hub for Bay Area arts and community, hosting several free events a week while publishing books and a quarterly arts magazine, New Life Quarterly.

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ABOUT US

San Francisco Chronicle: “From punk scene to bookstore to queer skateboarders in Oakland, an ethos emerges”
Art Practical: “Living & Working: Justin Carder at Wolfman Books”
Amadeus: “‘YEAH!!’ — WOLFMAN BOOKS MAKING SPACE IN A GENTRIFYING DOWNTOWN OAKLAND”
East Bay Express: “Wolfman Books: Best Collaborative Creative Space In Under 500 Square Feet 2017”
San Francisco Magazine: “The Best of the East Bay 2017”
LA Review of Books: “Wolfman Books Reckless Reader Spotlight”
San Francisco Chronicle: “Oakland bookshop can’t be judged by its cover”
Travel + Leisure: “We Built This City: Oakland's Changing Landscape”
East Bay Express: “Wolfman Books: Best Bookstore for Offbeat Events”
Full Circle KPFA: “Full Circle Literary Show”
Design Sponge: “Oakland, CA City Guide”
Entropy Mag: “LOCAL LITERARY SUPERSTARS IN BOOKSTORES – WOLFMAN BOOKS IN OAKLAND, CA”
Reply All: “#1 - An App Sends A Stranger To Say I Love You (Updated)”
East Bay Express: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.”

ABOUT OUR PUBLICATIONS

The Black Aesthetic in Art In America: “Atlas San Francisco: Dig Beneath Beautiful”
Blank Sign Book in Entropy Mag: “June and July Small Press Releases”
The Black Aesthetic in Berkeley Arts + Design: “The Black Aesthetic channels revolutionary history”
New Life Quarterly in The Believer: “Believer Recommends III”
Five Fingered Being in NY Magazine’s The Strategist: “The 20 Best Coffee-Table Books to Give, According to Art People”
The Bigness of Things in Jacket2: “An archive of feeling”
Maximum Sunlight in Drizzle Review: “STICKS: MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT BY MEAGAN DAY”
The Black Aesthetic in East Bay Express: “Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves”
New Life Quarterly and Black Aesthetic in East Bay Express: “East Bay Sees a Slew of New Print Publications in 2017”
The Black Aesthetic in The Miami Rail: “THE BLACK AESTHETIC AT THE LIVING ROOM LIGHT EXCHANGE”
The Black Aesthetic at BAMPFA: “Black Life: The Black Aesthetic”
The Black Aesthetic in Oakland North: The Black Aesthetic showcases films by black filmmakers in Oakland”
The Black Aesthetic in KQED Arts: ‘“Black Life’ is Indefatigable in New Series at BAMPFA”
Maximum Sunlight in LA Review of Books: “The Last Bastion of Free America?: Meagan Day’s “Maximum Sunlight”
The Black Aesthetic in East Bay Express: “Introducing The Black Aesthetic Collective’s Very First Publication”
The Black Aesthetic in East Bay Express: “An Oakland Film Series Examines the Black Aesthetic” 
The Black Aesthetic in KQED Arts: “Oakland Film Series Asks: Is There a Black Aesthetic?”
Maximum Sunlight in Reno News & Reviews: “Silver state stories: What’s new in Nevada literature”
Maximum Sunlight in The Towner: “Stuff out there that isn’t there: Esoterica in Nevada’s Great Basin”
Maximum Sunlight in STRANT Mag

 

GRANT SUPPORT

Wolfman New Life is the designated fund for our charitable mission under the stewardship of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. We support emerging, underrepresented, and otherwise marginalized writers and artists through a web of critical resources, such as event space, community engagement, and publication. We believe that a truly vibrant, equitable, and diverse artistic community needs space to gather as well as tangible professional and financial infrastructure in order to thrive.

 
 

Wolfman New Life received an Organization Project grant from the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program FY2018-19

Wolfman Books was a Round 10 recipient of Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant in 2016!