It only took a year, but I finally got across town to visit Queen Anne Books. Such a sweet little place to browse, and they had so many books on the tables that I’m dying to read. It certainly makes a reader determined to do everything in her power to keep internet retailers and e-books from taking over the world. I signed their stock of House of Hope and Fear — just out in paperback, did I forget to mention that? — and they said they’d have a few at their tent at the Queen Anne farmers market that afternoon.
Indie bookstores are the best.
This afternoon I ventured over to Elliott Bay Book Company’s brand new Capitol Hill location. Which turns out to be so very much like the old location. The same lovely stained glass above the entrance, the same chunky bookcases, and the good Rick Simonson puttering about the front of the house. They’ve really recaptured that wonderful feeling of the Pioneer Square store. However. This place also has higher ceilings, stunning windows, and lots of elbow room around the tables. Not to mention more skinny jeans, funky hair, starving writers, men holding hands. Sometimes newer really is better. Me, I’m just glad to see one of the best bookstores on the planet surviving these uneasy times.
“History will record that the greatest tragedy of our period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.