Seward Park

Third Place Seward Park is a general-interest bookstore featuring new and used books with a used-book buying counter open seven days a week. We opened our doors in May of 2016 in the Seward Park neighborhood of south Seattle. Our Seward Park location continues the Third Place mission of providing a gathering space for its community by hosting over 200 events a year, including:

  • nationally-touring authors, such as James McBride, Marc Maron, Phoebe Robinson, and Timothy Snyder
  • local authors, such as Anastacia Renee, Shaun David Hutchinson, and John Medina
  • weekly kids song and story times with PJ Library (every Thursday at 11am)
  • monthly reading by The African-American Writers' Alliance (second Monday of every month at 7pm)
  • monthly Story Time for Grown Ups (third Sunday of every month at 7pm)

. We also host five monthly book clubs:

Third Place Books Seward Park shares a space with Raconteur, a full-service restaurant and cafe, as well as a bar serving craft cocktails and beer. Drink specials are available from Raconteur during book clubs and author readings.

Throughout the year, Third Place Books Seward Park hosts Give Back Fundraisers that have raised thousands of dollars for our local schools and community organizations. For information and to schedule a Give Back Fundraiser, see our informational page.

Latest Staff Picks

I rarely fall this deeply in love with a book. Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything, a classic in its day, is about several young women trying to make it in the male-cominated publishing world of the early/mid 1950s in New York City. It has often been compared to Sex and the City, and these characters do navigate love, friendship, and careers in similar ways. But the most enchanting part of this book is the way it captures a specific moment in American history. 

Picked by Emma

Highly satisfying. Arguably one of the best coffee table books ever published. 10/10.

Picked by Avery

Perfect for finishing in an afternoon, this pocket sized paperback is a pure page-turner. Written in his mid-twenties, these are compressed fragments of Bolano's fictional universe. Perfectly avant-garde, puzzling, and mysteriously readable. I could read this one again and again. 

Picked by Colin

While "Space Is The Place" by John Szwed may be the "definitive Sun Ra biography", Youngquist takes a closer look at the wide range of Sonny Blount's creative output --from music to visual art, film, public performance, poetry and activism --as well as the social backdrop in front of which Sun Ra's interstellar offerings played out. Highly recommended for fans of afrofuturism, jazz, mythology, and anyone with a general interest in history. This book is important! 

Picked by Colin

Marlon James creates a Dhalgren-like world, full of turbulence and rife with pop culture references -- ever shifting scenarios occupied by characters with ice-cold patois. As Meticulous as it is expansive. 

Picked by Colin

I hadn't lived until I had lived vicariously through Eve Babitz in the Los Angeles only she can describe --full of seduction, LSD, and celebrity rendezvous. Delightful! Babitz is among my favorite writers of prose. A fun summer read.

Picked by Colin

What makes a good picture book? Is it brilliant rhyme, beautiful illustrations, a perfect story?

Well, My Heart is all of those (& more), and in my opinion, as essential of an addition to the shelf as Seuss, Sendak, or Silverstein.

Also: Check out Corinna's first, The Book of Mistakes!

Picked by Avery

Sabrina is the story about how the family and friends of a young woman deal with her gruesome and highly-publicized kidnapping and its aftermath. More obliquely, Sabrina is about how easily tragedy can be exploited in the internet age, and how disputatious conspiracy theorists have clawed their way into the mainstream public discourse when it comes to these tragedies, often providing “alternative” explanations for them that add a whole new dimension to the pain of the families. This story is brilliantly wrought, beautiful, and told with subtlety and sobriety. It deserves the high praise it has been getting.  

Picked by Emma

Crudo is the debut novel of Olivia Laing, a culture writer for The Guardian, and author of three previous books of nonfiction. The main character of this novel is an amalgam of the dead avant-garde writer Kathy Acker and Laing herself. At forty years old, “Kathy” is about to get married for the first time to a famous poet thirty years her senior. Unfolding all around her in real time is the political chaos and profound strangeness of the Brexit/Trump era, all mediated and experienced through the social media she engages with compulsively. This book is a stylistically bold and clever negotiation of vulnerability, independence, aging, and politics in the bizarre cultural epoch we are living in.

Picked by Emma