WELCOME to the letter E and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
Elliott Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 206-624-6600
The subject of bookstores in Seattle is an interesting one. A survey ranks Seattle as the country’s second-most literate big city as measured by the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation and education. Seattle loves books and bookstores. While preparing to write about Elliott Bay Book Company, I took a moment for an update on McCoy Books in Seattle; a fabulous bookstore I visited and then featured in a scene in my second novel, Facing East. My google search came up empty. It’s gone! As a nod to the small independent bookstores that know their books and customers, I am glad I included McCoy’s in the novel.
“Downtown Seattle was clearly a thriving place for a bookstore” – Facing East
Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle is located about a mile from Amazon’s headquarters. You know that a certain amount of tension exists between Amazon and the Elliott Bay Books of the world. But, the bookstore’s profits have increased partially due to Amazon’s employees and families. Even a bookstore will benefit from the thousands of tech workers Amazon has hired at its downtown headquarters. Amazon, like other large companies located in urban areas, help bolster the economy. It draws other investors into the area who are looking for a vibrant, interesting place to live. This energy creates investment and new businesses. The aphorism credited to John Kennedy….a rising tide will lift all boats – can happen.
Let us celebrate a great, full-service bookstore, located in an architecturally interesting space. Elliott Bay Book Company is an important part of the Seattle book world. When people consider relocating, part of what they look for is a sense of place, fair taxes, good schools and healthcare, cultural assets. Bright, energetic, community-minded people always look for a bookstore like Elliott Bay. Here is a wonderful architectural setting, a wonderful city, Seattle, and wonderful booksellers who are good stewards of the book world…our passion.