Seattle has the most arts groups per capita in the United States, with bars in bookstores, extravagant literature shows, contemporary libraries, and indie publishing houses. There is also a Seattle Civic Poet in the Emerald City.
It was no surprise, then, that Seattle was named as UNESCO City of Literature, making it the only the second city in the United States to receive the honor (Iowa City was the first). It joins 27 other literary cities named by UNESCO around the world, including Edinburgh, Scotland; Québec City, Quebec; Dublin, Ireland; and fellow newcomer Durban, South Africa.
With over 200 non-sunny days a year on average, Seattle residents are well versed in indoor sports such as reading. Add to that the city's excellent coffee heritage, and we're off to a great start with independent bookstores. To capitalize (yay for writing puns), the Emerald City celebrates 'Independent Bookstore Day' with its own 'SEABookstore Day.'
Let's take a look at the best Three the city has to sell
1) University Bookstore
In 1900, the forefather of any Seattle bookstore opened in a cloakroom at the University of Washington's Denny Hall, offering books to students.
It has been in its original location on the Ave since the 1920s, with other branches in Bothell, Mill Creek, and Tacoma.
2) Eagle Harbor Book Co.
Formerly known as Betty's Books, this Bainbridge Island institution first opened its doors in 1969 in a 500-square-foot room on Winslow Way. They are a full-service, locally-owned, and fiercely independent bookstore on Bainbridge Island, which is home to a wide population of writers and discerning readers. It is a short ferry ride from Seattle and delivers a wide range of fine new and used books, as well as a full calendar of author readings and activities.
Island Books has been in operation on Mercer Island since 1973 and is currently operated by Laurie Raisys, a former bookseller who took over after previous owners Roger and Nancy Page retired. It's one of those bigger-than-it-looks-from the outside looking shops, with a huge and thoughtful selection of books and an exceptionally imaginative selection of gifts.
While Amazon's headquarters are in Seattle, the city still has and gladly supports a plethora of independent bookstores staffed by passionate and competent employees. From general interest bookstores to children's bookstores and even a cookbook shop, these Capitol Hill and beyond bibliophile havens will satisfy your reading needs in a great way.