Renaissance Reads - a social institution with commitments to the Creative Community

Renaissance Reads is an independent bookstore with commitments and ties to “small” creative communities. Not only is it because we are a small, family-owned business, but it’s also because we enjoy rooting for the underdog!  

Our Commitments in Action

Shelving Books by Self-Published/ Independent Authors via our Consignment and Advertisement Program

Supporting over 3 million self-published authors

Renaissance Reads only shelves books by self- published authors. With over 3 million self-published authors out there, and very few to none bookstores supporting them,Renaissance Reads fills in that gap. We stand with the publishing part of our  company, Winn Publications’ mission to amplify indie author’s voices. We do this by creating opportunities for them to sell their book and get in front of their readers. When they place their books on our “digital” bookshelf, we share their book on sale’s page, we add their book to our online and printed catalog, and we make some of them available for purchase at the Sunshine Handmade Market and all events that we had host or attend throughout the year. 

Hosting The Sunshine Handmade Market : Traveling pop-up shop ( 2021 to 2022 )

Supporting Small businesses, Creators, Makers, Authors, and Artists

The Sunshine Handmade Market was a handmade market hosted by Renaissance Reads, formerly W.E. Bookstore in Southern California. With a mission of loving our neighbors, SHM creates opportunities for small businesses, creators, makers, authors and artists to showcase and sell their products/services. It also gives shoppers a chance to shop with small mom and pop shops and support a families dream. We had pop-up shops in a new location once a month in California. For more information about where we’ll be next and how you can become a vendor, connect with us on social media or get on our monthly newsletter! 

Our Fearless Leader, Miss Winn, the founder of Renaissance Reads formerly W.E.Bookstore Donates Educational and Transformative Resources

supporting survivors of trauma through writing a book, a blog, or in a journal

 In a past event titled  “Writing with Miss Winn” and And I Stand Collaboration.  Learn more at AndIStand.Org . For nonprofits interested in collaborating with Winn Publications and “Writing With Miss Winn”, please reach out. 

Our Commitments

Small Business With a Big Heart

As a part of our mission to give back to our community, we partner with other small businesses, as well as independent contractors, freelancers, creators, makers, artists and authors. We create opportunities for all kinds of small creative persons to amplify our voices, sell books ( and other products), improve our skills, publish our works and bring our creative visions from dreams into a reality. 

Joy of Reading & Writing

Partnering with schools and teachers who believe in the power of reading, writing and comprehension and making it fun by using our imaginations to create a short story.  We provide customized programs to get your students excited to read by teaching them the history of storytelling and then we practice it! We also look for opportunities to get books published by our self-published authors into your library.  

Partner With Renaissance Reads

If any of those commitments happen to also be a commitment of yours, let’s put our heads together and brainstorms way we can partner with each other. Renaissance Reads believes we are better together and that’s on all aspects. Email us at We usually partner with schools, vendors, event venue managers, authors, small press/ independent publishers, nonprofits, and youth programs. 


If you aren’t our usual partner, we would love to hear from you as well. Thank you!