Alas, Queen Anne Books is No More

Several readers have asked about the future of Queen Anne Books, and, unfortunately we have no good news to report. The store has been emptied of its inventory, and the Facebook page is now Books on Queen Anne – check it out, it’ll keep you up-to-date on book news and hopefully will keep the spirit of reading alive on Queen Anne.

Back in October, we reported the sad news that Queen Anne Books was closing as of October 31st; the owner was looking for a buyer, but there was a limited window – a buyer needed to step up by the end of November. Well, that hasn’t happened, so the store has been cleared out and is now up for lease.

No word yet on a possible lessee for the space.

More on Queen Anne Books – Store to Close on October 31

Last week we reported on the upcoming closure of our local, independent book store, Queen Anne Books. Katherine Hershey sent out a notice informing Queen Anne View and other readers that she intends to leave Queen Anne Books at the end of November. Today, we have more official word from the store on its near-future plans, among which is its last day – Wednesday, October 31st.

Per the latest from Queen Anne Books, the store will:
– operate as usual through Wednesday, October 31
– participate in the Queen Anne Ave Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Oct 31, 3-6pm
– continue to add purchases to Book Saver plans and issue rewards
– no longer issue gift certificates
– no longer be placing special orders

If you have gift certificates, the store encourages you to bring them in prior to closing on October 31. If you have special orders, the store is working to get those to you before closing. Any books released after October 31 will likely not arrive in time.

The Queen Anne Books website will continue to operate, but will no longer offer online web ordering. The website will a key source of information regarding the future of Queen Anne Books.

And the future? While the store is closing on October 31, owner Katherine Hershey is actively seeking a buyer. If you know of any interested parties, please have them contact Queen Anne Books via email.

Queen Anne Books changes hands

Queen Anne Books today announced it has a new owner, Katharine C. Hershey, a longtime resident of Queen Anne and loyal customer of the independent, neighborhood bookstore. Hershey assumes ownership of the store from former owner Patti McCall.

Ms. Hershey plans a seamless transition with the intent of maintaining the store’s tradition of community involvement. “This fulfills a lifelong dream I’ve had to own a bookstore, and most particularly to be a part of Queen Anne Books,” said Ms. Hershey. “This store is such an important part of the Queen Anne neighborhood. Clearly, bookstores and bookselling are in a time of huge transition. It is my goal to maintain our traditional bookselling model while embracing marketplace changes.”

Ms. Hershey, an attorney and former King County Superior Court commissioner, brings a passion for writing and reading to her new position. She is committed to enhancing the reading lives of children and young adults, and will continue Queen Anne Books’ history of working closely with neighborhood schools and local literacy programs.

Queen Anne Books has been part of the community since 1988. In 2004, owners Patti McCall and Cindy Mitchell moved the store to its current location, increasing the store’s square footage allowing for a larger children’s section. The larger space also has allowed Queen Anne Books to host in-store author events that connect readers with authors, such as international bestselling novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon, who lists Queen Anne as one of the thirteen “places on planet earth that cheer [him] up” on his website. In 2008, Mitchell sold her interest in the store to McCall, making her the sole owner.

In 2011, Queen Anne Books won the Women’s National Book Association Pannell Award for General Bookstore, given to “booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books.” The WNBA announced that the award was given in recognition of Queen Anne Books’ “clear understanding of the needs of young readers at different ages and stages.”

Queen Anne Books sponsors two popular in-store book groups, offers a customer loyalty program, maintains strong ties to local schools, and operates a successful website and ecommerce program. The bookstore specializes in helping readers find just the right book and bringing new books and authors into the community.

Via Queen Anne Books

Photo via Queen Anne Books Facebook

On a personal note, I am delighted, both as a resident and author, that the store is staying open in safe, local hands. An independent bookstore in the neighborhood is an invaluable asset. I would be sad to see it disappear. I wish all the best to Ms. Hershey and would like to thank her personally for taking the store on.

Cookout with local authors at QA Books today

Queen Anne Books is hosting a cookout with 15 local authors, including Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Erik Larson, Jennie Shortridge, Boyd Morrison, and Deb Caletti, on the patio outside their storefront (1811 Queen Anne Ave N) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, August 11.

There will be hot dogs, lemonade, a book drive and a whole lot of literary mingling. The guest authors will be collecting books and donations to support the creation of community pocket libraries by local literacy non-profit seattle7writers. Read more about seattle7writers and the creation of pocket libraries here.

This event will be happening concurrently with the Queen Anne Farmers Market just down the street. Check out the market schedule this week here.

Queen Anne’s last-minute Valentine’s Day guide

Happy Valentine’s Day Queen Anne! If, like me, you didn’t have a chance to plan ahead for the holiday, there are still a few places on the hill where you can stock up on Valentine’s Day treats and eats. Take a look at our last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day in Queen Anne:

  • Looking for a romantic holiday feast? Swing by Eat Local at 2400 Queen Anne Ave N for a ready made Valentine’s Day dinner for two and a bottle of wine. Eat Local will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.
  • Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and Chocolopolis has all the cocoa you’ll need. Fill a heart-shaped box with chocolatey goodies–everything from truffles to drinking chocolate and single-origin chocolate bars from around the world. Chocolopolis is open for extended hours, until 9 p.m., and they’ll even deliver. Call (206) 282-0776 for more information.
  • Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a good book? Swing by Queen Anne Books at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N until 7 p.m. tonight and have your V-Day tale wrapped in celebratory pink, red and white.
  • Looking for some tasty treats with a spicy edge? Swing by El Diablo Coffee at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N for some yummy Valentine’s Day treats from the pastry case, including tiramisu, sweetheart cookies, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and strawberry swirl. El Diablo will be open until 10 p.m. tonight.
  • Pick up some cute and crafty gifts at Queen Anne Dispatch, at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N. They’ve even got a love gun (check it out here) just in time for the holiday. They’ll be open until 7 p.m. tonight.
  • Get some sprinkled and frosting topped Valentine’s Day treats at Wink Cupcakes, located at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N until 6 p.m. today. The shop has some special V-Day flavors, including Love Potion #9 cupcakes (and gluten free options). They also have some long-stemmed red roses.

Know a great place for Valentine’s Day treats and goodies on the hill we missed? Comment below and we’ll add it to the list.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Parisian bakery coming to Upper Queen Anne

There have been rumors spreading over what would take that place of The Play Space, which vacated the house at 1805 Queen Anne Ave N back in May (and moved into a home a few block away), after transitioning from a the Urban Kids Play store to drop-in childcare center/playspace for kids back in January.

We’re happy to announce, clues have finally surfaced revealing the new Queen Anne Ave tenant’s business. Welcome Le Reve Bakery!

Although there’s no word yet on when Le Reve—which advertises itself as an “upscale Parisian style bakery”—will be opening, they must be getting close, because they’ve already posted a Craigslist ad looking for staff to “join the Parisian Dream Team.”

The bakery, which will be located next door to El Diablo Coffee and Queen Anne Books, has also applied for a liquor license with the city. Would you like a little wine with that croissant? We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

(Thanks to reader Aaron Averbuch for the tip!)

Author Elinor Lipman to read at QA Books Saturday

Author Elinor Lipman will be doing a reading from her latest novel, The Family Man, a “humorous and heartfelt social satire,” at Queen Anne Books at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Here’s how QA Books describes the read:

A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer’s ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother—Denise, Henry’s ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry’s Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life—and maybe even new love—in the commotion.

There will time for a reading, discussion, signing, and or course, a few snacks. Read up on Elinor’s other books here.

Where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Queen Anne

Today, Wednesday, May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, and a few businesses around Queen Anne will be celebrating with in house parties and special deals. Interested in getting in on the fun? Here’s where to go:

Blue Water Taco Grill – 515 Queen Anne Ave N.

  • $5 food and drink specials all day at all locations: Choose any burrito and chips and salsa or a fountain drink for $5, or any two tacos and chips and salsa or a fountain drink for $5 (seafood not included)
  • All day “happy hour” special on beer and margaritas at Queen Anne and Union St. locations for all of their Facebook fans and Twitter followers

El Diablo Coffee – 1811 Queen Anne Ave N. #101

  • Daily drawings for $5 gift cards all month long
  • Dessert giveaways (we heard they’ll be key lime and coconut cream mini tarts!)
  • Door prizes (El Diablo logo items we hear)
  • Live music from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • 2000 prices on the famous “Cubano” drink–$1.65
  • Fun Fact: Cinco de Mayo also happens to be El Diablo’s 10th Anniversary, so there are double the reasons to party!
  • It’s also barista Maggie’s last day (she’s moving back to Greece), so don’t forget to wish her well!

Queen Anne Books – 1811 Queen Anne Ave N.

  • They’ll be celebrating El Diablo’s 10th Anniversary too with a big sale through Sunday, May 9!
  • 15% off of everything in the store
  • 50% off special items
  • “Galley Giveaway” with every purchase

The Spectator Sports Bar & Grill – 529 Queen Anne Ave N

  • They’ll be celebrating with giveaways and “swag” all night long (the bar’s open until 1:30 a.m.)
  • $2 Tacos
  • $2 Tecate Beer
  • $3 Amigo Tequila

Know another Cinco de Mayo celebration on the hill today? Share the details in the comments below or email us at

Local author Heather Davis celebrates release of second novel ‘The Clearing’ at QA Books tonight

Queen Anne-based author Heather Davis celebrated the release of her first novel, Never Cry Werewolf, written for young adults 12 and up, with a launch party at Queen Anne Books back in September.

Tonight Davis will return to QA Books to celebrate the release of her second novel, The Clearing, which went on sale on Wednesday, April 12. Here’s the book synopsis from Heather’s website:

Amy, a sixteen-year-old recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country to start a new life with her aunt–all she wants is for everything to be different. In the clearing at the back of Aunt Mae’s property, she makes an amazing discovery—Henry, a boy stuck in the endless summer of 1944. Henry and his world become Amy’s refuge and she begins to learn that some moments are worth savoring. But when the past and present come crashing together, both of them must find the courage to face what is meant to be, even if it means losing each other forever.

Though this will be Davis’ second published novel, she’s written another five unpublished manuscripts over the years, geared towards adults rather than YA readers. Back in September Davis told us that The Clearing is a bit more serious than her first YA book, Never Cry Werewolf, and is written for a slightly older age group (the 14s and up).

Congrats to Heather! Read more about her here and here, and check out her blog here. The event tonight starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes a reading, signing and Q&A. Queen Anne Books is located at 1811 Queen Anne Ave North, at the top of the hill right next to El Diablo Coffee.

El Diablo Coffee to celebrate 10th anniversary for entire month of May

El Diablo Coffee will be celebrating ten years on the hill next month, and to commemorate, they’ve decided to party all through May!

Beginning May 1, El Diablo will be introducing daily, weekly and monthly specials, including the “Diablito,” a new, limited edition concoction made from espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

For the actual anniversary, fittingly May 5th, i.e. Cinco de Mayo, El Diablo will be hosting an all day party!

Queen Anne Books will also be joining in the May celebrations for a few days, having a sale from May 5th to 9th, and the 1st annual “Galley Giveaway” with purchase. (Galley’s are free copies of books put together before final publication and handed out to reviewers–for some famous authors, these can be considered rare).

All the more reason to follow their devilish advice and consume lots and lots of coffee and cake in May! Happy ten years El Diablo!

(Thanks to Bruce for the tip!)