Open this weekend

May 21st, 2021

We will open this Saturday and Sunday May 22nd and 23rd 2021 from noon to 6 PM. We will remain closed the following weekend and then open all weekends starting in June until our reorganization/move clarifies sometime around when we talk to the aliens (August?)

Open every other weekend

May 15th, 2021

We will open every other weekend 12-6 until June.

May 15/16: CLOSED

May 22/23: OPEN

May 29/30: CLOSED

June 5/6: OPEN

And then we will open all weekends until further notice of relocation or full-time hours.

Closed Easter

March 29th, 2021

Hey our new policy is open weekends 12-6 but we will stay closed for the Easter weekend and open up again on Saturday the 10th. Remember you can book a private appointment at ANY time (ok not mornings!) with 24-hour notice by writing to – or come see us some weekend before we move and expand this summer!


March 23rd, 2021

We will open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6 until things get back to normal – ?! – or we move.

Full PPE, one person at a time, cash or PayPal only.

In the meantime who knows about commercial space available upstairs in Chimalistac, Del Valle Sur, Guadalupe Inn, Coyoacan, Florida, NĂ¡poles, Condesa, or Narvarte? Please let us know.


December 15th, 2020

We are closed until March 1, 2021. Please visit us then. Abrazos!

Okay this REALLY IS the last time (till 2021). We will open for customers one or one group at a time, masked, gelled from head to toe and limited to thirty minutes if others are waiting, regular hours Friday December 11th at 11 AM through close at 6 PM Monday, December 14th. (That includes Sunday, but be patient then as it’s the day of rest. Also a good time to avoid the crowds.)

After this sale there’s nothing for winter because I will be gone to the beach where my allergies are far less severe. There really isn’t a better gift in these times than a good book. So many of us reckoning with silence, and new horizons as the world comes out of this long troubled sleep. What are YOU gonna do? Bring stories.

Black Friday Sale 11/27 2-8 PM

November 25th, 2020

Apologies for saying these last two brief openings would be the last – they were meant to be. But necessity is the mother – and a motherfucker – of changing your mind. Pushing our regular schedule forward a couple hours to accommodate that vicious end-of-week hora pico.

Open this Friday to customers one or one couple/family/group at a time, masked and gelled, limit of 30 minutes when people are waiting.

And we might even do it again next week, but that’s not certain yet.

See you here.








Revolution Sale Nov 20 & 21 2020

November 10th, 2020

I know when we opened up in October we said it was the last time. But a ton of new books have come in, and we need money to power through until reopening in the spring.

So, rules: masks and gel; one person, couple or family at a time. (This may require some waiting, -get some coffee, lunch, or meditate by the fountain.)

Regular hours of 11 to 6, Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st. Bring cash or a device that can access PayPal, we can’t take cards until next year.

Thanks to our generous book donors over the summer and our loyal, appreciative and curious customers. Keep on rockin’ in the Free World.

We’ve thus far offered sales for requested or recommended titles at the downstairs gate during the pandemic. But we want to let our customers browse, and figure the only safe way to do it is to open for two days this month, and let people into the store ONE AT A TIME.

So be ready, with cash or PayPal account in hand, and be ready to wait – and meet some of your Anglophone literature-loving peers.

This will be your last chance to browse the collection until we re-open in a new Coyoacan location this spring.

When: Thursday Oct. 15th and Saturday Oct. 17th, 11 AM to 6 PM. Numbers will be passed out if we have a surge. WEAR A MASK.


April 22nd, 2020

Get your books in quarantine! Under the Volcano Books now delivers. Write us at to inquire about our inventory or get recommendations and schedule a delivery within 24 hours.