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About Us

Inspired by Books Every Day.

Run for Cover Bookstore and Café features a wide selection of books and activities, bringing our community together in new ways.

Our store is curated
to inspire.

We carry a wide selection of books ranging from fiction, non-fiction (current events, cooking, gardening and more), children's books, to young adult (YA) books, to just name a few.

We encourage and value reading by all.

Our goal is to provide our customers with a unique experience that will transport them into a world of stories.

Our café is the cherry
on top of the cake.

Who can say no to a nice book with a cup of coffee or tea? And our pastries are sure to steal your heart and your belly!

Our store exists for you, our cherished customers.

Meeting the needs of San Diego book lovers around the clock: Visit us in our shop, which has extended hours, or shop online 24-7!

Meet Our Team

Fran Knell

Fran Knell is the right hand of Run for Cover Bookstore and Café. She will advise you on books, she will take your orders and ensure you are always satisfied with our offerings. As a coffee aficionado, you may also see her behind the coffee counter from time to time!

Marianne Reiner

Marianne Reiner had been dreaming of opening her own bookstore-café for more than 20 years. It is finally happening and she can’t wait to share with all of you her book selections. Come check out the coffee and tea drinks she carefully selected for you and the pastries and goodies she believes have to be as good as what she would serve you at her own dinner table!

Ferril Cole

Ferril Cole is our Barista Extraordinaire! She will make you long for our coffee and tea drinks that she will prepare like the pro she is. Ferril is also incredible with kids and will regularly hold story time and sing along for our younger customers. We promise you will fall head over heels with Ferril the same way we have!