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!

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!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

Saturday, May 2nd, is the first Independent Bookstore Day in Seattle, and our own local indie bookstore Queen Anne Book Company is participating in the fun.

To celebrate the event, Queen Anne Book Company joins sixteen other Seattle-area independent bookstores in the Indie Bookstore Challenge. Bibliophiles can compete in the Challenge by picking up a bookstore passport from any participating bookstore, collecting stamps at all 17 stores, and turning it in to be entered to win a year-long 25% discount at all of the bookstores.

Indie Bookstore with logos

Visiting at least three bookstores with a Challenge passport makes you eligible for other prizes such as gift certificates, signed books and more.

In addition to stamping passports, Queen Anne Book Company is offering the following:

  • Limited edition, exclusive books and book-related gifts only available for this one-time event
  • Hourly prize drawings
  • Refreshments served all day
  • 20% off all books with the word “BOOK” in the title
  • Prizes for children from our Indie Treasure Chest

The fun starts Saturday at noon, so get ready to celebrate independent bookstores at Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N.

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!

Happy Birthday, Queen Anne Book Company

Queen Anne Book Company is turning one year old this Saturday, March 1st. And to celebrate its first anniversary, the shop is hosting an Open House from 3-5pm on Saturday.

It’s a well-deserved celebration too – as quick refresher, Queen Anne Books abruptly closed and Queen Anne neighbors were stunned. Last January, QABC owners Krijn de Jonge, Judy de Jonge, and Janis Segress partnered to bring back a local, independent bookstore to Queen Anne, and they opened the doors on March 1, 2013.

The past year has been eventful for the shop, with author readings and Sherman Alexie taking on the role of bookseller-for-a-day. Alexie returned months later with more authors to support QABC and independent booksellers around the world with Indies First – an idea that began right here on Queen Anne, at QABC.

QABC doorwayQABC has also partnered with other local businesses, including Cederberg Tea House, El Diablo Coffee Co, and Lloyd Martin – and hosted children’s book readings at Twirl Café.

To thank its loyal customers, QABC is giving away free advance reader copies and book totes with purchases of $50 or more on Saturday. Plus, what would a birthday party be without cake? No party at all! (so, yes, there will be cake and refreshments)

The party is not just to celebrate QABC, but also the loyal customers who’ve supported the shop over the past year and who will keep it going in the future. According to store manager/co-owner Janis Segress, it all comes down to the customers that have supported QABC in its inaugural year:

“We’re here because of our customers. Not a day goes by without one of our customers remarking how relieved they are that their bookstore is back.”

Co-owner Krijn de Jonge also echoed the customer centric nature of QABC:

“At the end of the day, our strong connections to our customers are what’s vital to our business. Our booksellers know their customers, they help them choose books, they call them when new titles release. It’s the customer service that matters most.”

Stop by on Saturday to congratulate Queen Anne Book Company on their first year! Happy Birthday, QABC!

Sherman Alexie will be a bookseller-for-a-day at Queen Anne Book Company

QABC doorwayThis Saturday, April 27th, the Queen Anne Book Company will host award-winning author Sherman Alexie from 1-5pm.

Alexie will be selling and signing copies of his books, doing spontaneous readings, recommending additional books, and chatting with readers. Plus, according to the shop, he’ll also take the floor as a bookseller for the day!

Stop by Queen Anne Book Company at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N on Saturday to meet Alexie and talk books between 1pm and 5pm. The shop will have copies of his books for sale, and feel free to bring in your own Alexie books for signing.

New independent Queen Anne Book Company launches this Friday with 3 days of book fun

Queen Anne Book Company
new store, new logo

Attention bibliophiles: it’s almost here, Queen Anne Book Company is just a few days away from its grand opening! If you’ve been watching the shop’s daily countdown on the front door or on Facebook, you know that our new, independent, locally-owned bookstore is set to open this Friday, March 1st (and the countdown has been a lot of fun, with each daily book selection highlighting the number of days left til the doors open).

Queen Anne Book Company staff
ready to personalize your reading experience

In addition to new owners Judy & Krijn de Jonge and owner/manager Janis Segress, you’ll also find some familiar faces, as four of the previous Queen Anne Books’ staff members have joined the new shop’s team of book experts.

I stopped by Queen Anne Book Company for a sneak peek yesterday, and spoke with the owners and staff members that are making it happen. They’ve been very busy prepping for not just opening day, but also opening weekend – that’s right, they have in-store author events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it’s going to be a book-a-rific weekend! They’re open all 3 days, 9am-9pm, with “Authors in the House” events planned every day:

Friday, March 1

  • 1-3 pm: Maria Semple, Seattle resident, screenwriter and author of the 2012 bestselling Where’d You Go Bernadette, set on Queen Anne
  • 3-5pm: Mary Daheim, Queen Anne resident and author of the popular B & B and Alpine mystery series, including recently released Alpine Xanadu
  • 3-5pm: Lance Weller, Gig Harbor resident and author of Wilderness, a debut novel set during the Civil War
  • 4-6 pm: Matt Ruff, Seattle resident and author of 5 novels including The Mirage, released in February 2012
  • 7-9 pm: Erica Bauermeister, Seattle resident and author of three novels including recently released The Lost Art of Mixing
  • 7-9pm: Jennie Shortridge, Seattle resident and author of five novels, including the soon-to-be released Love Water Memory (April 2013)

Saturday, March 2

  • Noon-4 pm: Bernadette Pajer, Seattle resident and author of the popular Professor Bradshaw mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest
  • 7-9 pm: Sherman Alexie, Seattle resident and winner of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Blasphemy, a collection of short stories, is Alexie’s most recent book

Sunday, March 3

  • 11-12:30pm: Carmela D’Amico, Seattle resident and author of the popular children’s series featuring Ella the Elephant
  • 12-2 pm: Jonathan Evison, Bainbridge Island resident and winner of the 2013 and 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, 2009 Washington State Book Award and author of 3 novels, including the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
  • 12-2pm: Jim Lynch, Olympia resident and author of 3 novels set in Western Washington, including recently released Truth Like the Sun
  • 2-4 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Laurie Frankel, Seattle resident and author of two novels; David Lasky, Seattle resident and cartoonist, graphic novel author; Shannon Huffman Polson, Northwest resident and author
  • 4-6 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Sean Beaudoin, Seattle resident and author of four novels; Kevin Emerson, Seattle resident and young adult author; Suzanne Selfors, Bainbridge resident and childrens/young adult author; Kevin O’Brien, Seattle resident and thriller author

Queen Anne Book Company
new shelves donated by the UW Book Store

Co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress are “excited to fill the full-service independent bookstore needs of the Queen Anne community” – it’s a brand-new venture, but you’ll see a few familiar faces at work to fill your reading needs, provide recommendations, and a highly-personalized customer service experience that only an independent bookstore can provide. So much so, they want the new Queen Anne Book Company to “feel like coming to your second home” – and they have plenty to offer in the way of tailored book recommendations and personal service:

  • Author events – focused on local and Northwest authors, small and up & coming authors with new books
  • Personalized list service – they’ll notify customers of new books, place advance orders, and take special orders – most arriving the next day and with free shipping!
  • Recommendations – the staff will provide recommendation cards for books (one of the best ways to find your next read), and to kick off the grand opening, every staff member will be providing their “top 10 of 2012” lists covering fiction to mystery to children’s books
  • e-Books – the shop will stock the American Booksellers Association’s Kobo e-book readers and will set up ordering your e-books via its web site. Kobo e-books will also work on Kindle Fires, iPads, and Nooks
  • New web site – launching in mid-March, the web site will available for orders 24-hours a day
  • Book groups – in addition to a store-hosted book group, the shop will also act as a resource for independent book groups, with a special shelf set aside for your book group reads at 15% off
  • Customer Appreciation – kind of “Baker’s Dozen” of books, when you buy 12 books, you’ll get a deal on your 13th book

Queen Anne Book Company
welcomes even the weird!

Stop in this weekend at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N to help celebrate the opening of our brand-new local, independently-owned bookstore – in addition to the author events listed above, the shop will also have surprise “flash mob” discounts, prize drawings of autographed books, and spontaneous contests.

According to manager Janis Segress: “We anticipate a weekend of high-energy book fun. We’re returning to warm traditions of personal service and neighborliness over books, while introducing an exciting new literary center for the neighborhood.”

Welcome, Queen Anne Book Company, we’ve been waiting for you!