Taha Ebrahimi — 'Street Trees of Seattle' at Seward Park

The majestic trees of Seattle's neighborhoods take center stage in this illustrated and informative walking guide. Join us for Taha's Columbia City prentatioN!


We're delighted to welcome Taha Ebrahimi to our Seward Park store—for one of two neighborhood presentations at Third Place Books! Ebrahimi will be discussing her new book, Street Trees of Seattle: An Illustrated Walking Guide, inviting readers to slow down and embrace an analog approach to tree-spotting during their urban meanderings. This event is free and open to the public.

And there's more! Taha will be visiting our Ravenna store on April 25th for a presentation on street trees specific to the neighborhood.

For important updates, registration is highly recommended in advance. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!

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About Street Trees of Seattle. . .

  • Want to discover which neighborhood has the highest concentration of cherry street trees when cherry blossoms are at their peak?
  • Eager to stroll down the only street lined with western red cedars?
  • Curious how monkey puzzle trees made their way to the city?

Using data visualization as a starting point, the author takes readers on a tour of existing street trees throughout Seattle's neighborhoods and iconic parks through charming line drawings and maps. In the process, she educates readers on the history of the trees and the city, and offers up drawings of trees, leaves, and leaflets to identify trees throughout 33 different neighborhoods. The oldest, widest, tallest, and most notable of each species are highlighted, so urban adventurers can fully appreciate their surroundings or design their own walking routes to experience these natural wonders in their favorite areas of the city.

The book is organized alphabetically by neighborhood and each area:

  • Showcases a species of tree
  • Includes a history of the tree and/or neighborhood
  • Offers maps and callouts for spotting the best street specimens 

In an increasingly digital world, the book invites readers to slow down and embrace an analog approach to tree-spotting during their urban meanderings. With its useful but whimsical package, Street Trees of Seattle offers a handy way to explore our urban natural treasures.

Taha Ebrahimi is director of Tableau Public, a free platform to explore, create and publicly share online data visualizations about publicly available data. She is also a “celebrity” judge of Iron Viz, the world’s largest virtual data visualization competition. She is passionate about the storytelling power of data visualization to democratize the understanding of complex data insights. Taha is also the co-chair of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and a contributor to Crosscut where she writes about things like local mapmaking. She began her career as a journalist at The Seattle Times, has taught writing at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been a recipient of fellowships granted by The Thomas J. Watson Foundation (IBM) and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Want a signed edition of the featured book, but can't make it to the event? Order through our website or over the phone, and write your request for a signature or personalization in the comments field at checkout. Please call the hosting store if you're placing your order within 24 hours of the event.

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