Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, celebrate at Queen Anne Book Company


The annual Independent Bookstore Day is this Saturday, April 29th. Our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company, is one of 19 participating Seattle bookstores. On Saturday, you can visit Queen Anne Book Company and the other 18 shops to get 25% off at each and every store on the list.

Each bookstore has its own events to celebrate the day, here’s what’s on tap at Queen Anne Book Company:

All Day Events:

– Limited edition, one-of-a-kind Independent Bookstore Day merchandise

– “Blind Date with a Book” – shop locally for a chance to win one of 30 initiations hidden at Queen Anne businesses

– Children’s Treasure Chest – all kids are can pick a treasure

Scheduled Events:

– Noon: Story Time at Noon – featuring children’s book “Larry Gets Lost”

– 2:30pm: Meet the Authors – “Nasty Women Project: Voices from the Resistance”

Plus, customers who visit three or more bookstores are entered to win gift cards, first-edition books, and more. Grand Prize of $425 in $25 gift certificates to each of the 19 bookstores.

Make plans to visit Queen Anne Book Company at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N this Saturday to take part in an annual book tradition!

Celebrate Dr Seuss’ birthday at a Queen Anne Little Free Library

Queen Anne is lucky to be home to well over 30 Little Free Libraries. Back when we had a handful, I started tracking and mapping them (long-time readers will recall the posts with maps).

Then, there was a LFL explosion that made tracking unfeasible for one person once we passed the 30 mark. (mostly, it’s the mapping – Google Maps is not really designed for it, so I’m open to suggestions).

If you miss those old posts, have no fear, I still keep an eye out on all the LFLs that I pass on daily walks. That way, if one needs book donations or has an interesting theme, I can call them out for readers. And one on 4th Ave W definitely deserves a highlight post today.

March 2 was Dr Seuss’ birthday, and to celebrate, the LFL near the intersection of 4th Ave W and W Crockett St is all decked out for Dr Seuss. With Seuss decorations on the outside and a slew of Seuss books on the inside – plus Seuss-themed treats – it’s the place to go for your Seuss fix!

Plus, this particular LFL always has a selection of dog treats for your pup. Check it out on your next walk and satisfy your love of all things Seuss!

Queen Anne Book Company celebrates Sherman Alexie with a party this Thursday

This event just hit the radar, and reservations are already being required! Queen Anne Book Company is holding a party for author Sherman Alexie on Thursday, February 2nd to celebrate his latest book, Thunder Boy Jr., being named one of the best books of 2017 by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Alexie is a friend of the shop, having stepped into the shoes of a bookseller-for-a-day and kicking off the inaugural Indies First book celebration at Queen Anne Books in 2013 (Indies First is still going strong, it’s now an annual tradition).

Queen Anne Books’ party for Alexie includes drinks. Per the invite, drinks will be served and fancy dress is optional. Call 206-284-2427, email, or RSVP on Queen Anne Books’ Facebook page today, as this event is filling up fast and high demand means you might get shut out if you don’t act today!

Sherman Alexie visits Queen Anne Book Company to read from his new children’s book

QABC SignIt seems like it’s time to make Sherman Alexie an honorary Queen Anne resident, as he sure loves our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company. We’re lucky to have a bookstore that brings in such talent, whether it’s being a bookseller for a day, launching the annual Indies First, or swinging by to read from his latest book.

Alexie will be at Queen Anne Book Company this Sunday, August 14th, from 3pm to 6pm. His latest book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” is Alexie’s first children’s picture book, and he’s ready to share it with Queen Anne youngsters in a special Children’s Reading event.

If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s the description from Queen Anne Book Company:

“Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that’s all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn’t mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he’s done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.”

Make plans to take the kids to Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, this Sunday for a special Sherman Alexie event, our honorary Queen Anne resident!

Queen Anne Book Company is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this weekend

QABC doorwayLocal independent bookseller Queen Anne Book Company is turning 3 years old this month. After a brief hiatus without a book store on top of Queen Anne, three years ago co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress launched Queen Anne Book Company. What has followed in three short years is notable, not only is the shop an haven for bibliophiles, it was also the start of the Indies First movement in 2013.

To celebrate another year on Queen Anne, the bookstore is featuring a weekend-long celebration. This Saturday and Sunday, you can stop by Queen Anne Book Company for birthday cake, activities, and free advanced reader copies for every customer.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N this weekend between 10am and 5pm to help celebrate and wish Queen Anne Book Company a very happy birthday!

Indies First! Celebrate independent bookstores & authors at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

In 2013, Queen Anne Book Company teamed up with author Sherman Alexie for the inaurgural Indies First, an event that celebrates independent bookstores that is now in its 3rd year.

This Saturday, stop by Queen Anne Book Company between 10am and 4pm to support our local bookstore and meet the local authors that will be guest booksellers for the day.

Saturday is also Small Business Saturday, so two reasons to shop locally at Queen Anne Book Company and other local Queen Anne shops. Local Seattle and Pacific Northwest authors will at Queen Anne Book Company to not only help sell books, but also to celebrate independent bookstores and recommend your next read.

Here are the authors slated to be at QABC:

– 10am: Sanae Ishida, author of the children’s book Little Kunoichi
– 11am: Allison Stieger, Queen Anne resident, author, and first person to reverse showroom Amazon Books
– 12pm: Sarah Adler, author of the health and lifestyle cookbook Simply Real Health
– 1pm: Lala Rukh, author of the cookbook Ooh Lala, a Pakistani-American cookbook
– 1pm: Children’s authors/illustrators Elizabeth Rose Stanton, author of Henny, and Toni Yuly, author of Night Owl
– 2pm: Sherman Alexie, author of many prize-winning books
– 3pm: Erin Malone, Queen Anne resident and author of Hover, a poetry collection
– 3pm: Jessixa Bagley, author/illustrator of children’s book Boats for Papa

Remember to shop small and locally all year round, and stop by Queen Anne Book Company at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N on Saturday to celebrate independent bookstores. Happy reading!

Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne hit 30

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve passed two new Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne, bringing our grand total to 30! They seem to be popping up quickly around the neighborhood, faster than I can travel via foot, so let us know if you find one that’s not on the map.

These two new LFLs fill in little gaps on the map. The first one I found is tucked away on a dead end portion of 2nd Ave N, right near a public staircase that connects to Prospect. Nestled between the staircase and Ward St, this LFL will certainly serve readers who climb up and down the hill via staircases:

Then, just this week, I spotted a new LFL on the corner of W Smith St and 7th Ave W, on the Smith side, across from Coe Elementary:

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 30 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.


If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

Two new Little Free Libraries brings Queen Anne total to 28

Not one, but two Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne since we spotted #25 back in March. A reader tipped us to one on 9th Ave W (thanks Katie!), and on the way to document (aka photograph) the LFL, I found another one on 5th Ave W. Both help fill the gap on the map near Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Plus, a group of businesses on McGraw St have put up a Little Free Library in front of their shared building – so that’s 28 LFLs total on Queen Anne! Could 30 be in our near future?

Here’s the rundown of the new LFLs:

9th Ave W & Raye St:

5th Ave W & Smith St:

11 W McGraw St – Sun Elemental Healing Arts:

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 28 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

New Queen Anne Little Free Library is number 25

LFL 3rd Ave W and SmithIf you’re looking for a creative group walk or bike ride this Spring, consider a Queen Anne Little Free Library tour – we now have 25 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne, and pretty much whatever part of the neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re not too far from an LFL.

I spotted the newest Little Free Library on a sunny walk yesterday. It’s at the corner of Smith and 3rd Ave W, and as I was documenting it (aka photographing it while keeping my dog patiently waiting), a patron stopped by and took a book as she walked down the hill toward SPU. It has a pretty robust selection of contemporary fiction and sits along a high-traffic walking route for SPU students and residents alike.

The current map is below, and photos of all 25 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

Queen Anne LFL Map March 2015

If you have an organization or group that puts together a tour de LFLs, let us know. And, as always, if you if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! Happy reading!

Queen Anne Book Company celebrates 2 years today

Still catching up on a pretty big queue of emails post-travels, so this is breaking news, so to speak. Our local independent bookseller, Queen Anne Book Company, is marking its 2-year anniversary today.

Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N today between 1pm and 5pm to help celebrate. Queen Anne Book Company will be serving bites and beverages, and giving away free books too. For every book purchased, customers will receive two free Advance Reader Copies.

Happy Anniversary, Queen Anne Book Company!