Seattle has a well-earned reputation as a city that loves books. It deserves a great bookstore to match. Even though the new Elliott Bay isn’t finished yet, it might be just that bookstore. Take, as evidence, this view from the second story: It has several elements that remind me of other bookstores I love. Wooden [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Favorite Bookstores'
June 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos
May 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Favorite Bookstores, Shop talk
One of the most depressing things about the slow, sad demise of publishing is the closings of independent bookstores. So it amazes me when I’m in a small town and I walk into an indy that has managed to stay open…and has serious soul. Just like countless small towns around the country, Livingston, Montana has [...]
May 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos
What’s a sign of a fantastic bookstore? How about these three elements: Books piled high on square wooden tables, just calling out to you to browse. An owner on-site, recommending books with careful consideration. An enticing front door and window display (and extra points if it’s the perfect shade of red): Welcome to the Red [...]
March 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights
Best bookstore slogan ever: Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find. Back when I was a starving student, I’d camp out in the coffee shop of the Book Mill, located in Montague, Mass. During one particularly broke period, I would longingly visit a book I wanted on a regular basis. The owner [...]
March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Novelty, Recommended sights
Our destination: the brooding, beautiful, lush mountains and beaches of the north Oregon Coast, including my favorite town of Manzanita. If you have a weekend or so to spend, these are the area’s best beaches, cafes, and places to visit, including a bookstore and–not kidding–a nearby dump.
February 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Favorite Bookstores, Good design, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos
I was recently in Argentina for–gasp–not work, and stumbled upon El Ateneo while in Buenos Aires. The bookstore was amazing. I could have lived there.
February 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Obsessed with the Dutch, Recommended sights, Shop talk
For pure charm within the heart of Amsterdam, I love this corner pictured above, complete with the Athenaeum Boekhandel. That store strikes me as slightly quirkier than the Selexyz branch nearby–it’s chock full of amazing art books, postmodernist musings, and novels by an embarrassing number of authors I’ve never heard of.