John King to sign books and chat, a little, at William Stout

San Francisco Chronicle urban design writer and Berkeleyan John King is a fan of architectural bookstore William Stout — and he loves its Berkeley outpost which opened in September last year. (The other two stores are in San Francisco.)

“It’s a terrific bookstore… it’s strong in used architecture, design and art; in other words, not just snoozy monographs and planning tomes. We’re lucky to have it,” he said.

So it’s not surprising King has chosen to do a booksigning at William Stout Berkeley this Saturday, June 18. King be signing copies of his recently released book “Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings” — published by Berkeley’s Heyday Books — and he said he’ll talk for a few moments at some point, “but nothing elaborate, I promise”.

“Even if you have Cityscapes, or aren’t shopping for a $14.95 nugget to slip into your coatpocket or purse, stop by on your way home from errands or as a kick-off for the evening ahead — if only to say hello and check out a terrific bookstore… that little Stoutpost is such a jewel, it deserves all the support and foot-traffic it can get,” King said.

The John King signing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at William Stout Books, 1605 Solano at Tacoma (across from Solano Cellars). For more information, check out the Facebook events page