Seward Park

Third Place Books Seward Park is now open for limited, in-store browsing daily from 9am to 5pm. Curbside pickup is still available, for those who prefer. For the health and safety of our staff and community, customers are required to follow our Code of Conduct while on the premises.

All events at Third Place Books Seward Park have been postponed until further notice. We're working to reschedule, so please keep an eye on our website and social media for futher updates. Most of our book clubs are meeting virtually. Please see their pages, below, for details.

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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
  • a monthly reading by The African-American Writers' Alliance (second Monday of every month at 7pm)
  • a monthly Story Time for Grown Ups (third Sunday of every month at 7pm)

. We also host nine monthly book clubs:

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

Featured in this collection is an essay from 2018 that, in passing, mentions the increasing likelihood of a pandemic and the return of fascism. Which is to say, Gabbert writes with an eerie prescience suggesting that, if one reads enough, and from disparate enough sources, they can predict the future. Of course, this is a big ask for most people--so I recommend they read this book instead.

Picked by Elijah

I don't believe in a book that can save the world; however, after How To Do Nothing, I do believe in one that can remind us to love it again. This book, more manifesto than self-help, recommends a reclamation of attention, informed by art and philosophy, that aims to anchor us in our social and ecological communities. These are small rebellions that you can carry out every day. What do you have to lose?

Picked by Elijah

Cancer is less a discrete ailment than a spectrum of intimate betrayals, a reality both experienced and made metaphor in Boyer's methodical and excruciating memoir. Boyer extends her critical acumen and poetic precision to cancer through the microscope-lenses of biology, capitalism, gender, and art, revealing a disease inherent to, and fashioned by, us.

Picked by Elijah

Whatever your level of familiarity with poetry, Abdurraqib is a joy to read. His ampersandic verse explores the transactions of love and power and joy that comprise our world. In a book ranging topically from police brutality to heartbreak to Afrofuturism, Abdurraqib asks us to pay attention, to bear witness, to feel.

Picked by Elijah

In the exciting fourth installment of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, Jacob travels across America in the hopes of following in his grandfather’s footsteps realizing he still knew very little about his grandfather’s past. As the peculiars hilariously struggle to blend into the 21st century, Jacob & his friends are thrust into perilous situations and must fend off new foes in order to save new peculiars.

Picked by Alba

Suffering from PTSD and survivor’s guilt, Tayo must turn towards his Navajo roots and as he learns more about his culture and traditions he sets out on a journey of self discovery and healing in order to complete his own ceremony. Silko writes a moving story combining the literary trope of the soldier returning home through the eyes of a native American veteran. 

Picked by Alba

Jean Rhys brings the madwoman from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre to life through Antoinette Cosway, a young woman from the Carribean who struggles to adapt to life in England and is slowly driven to madness as she paces the floors of Mr. Rochester’s attic. Wide Sargasso Sea is a compelling prequel as Antoinette and Rhys challenge us to take a second look at both Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre. 

Picked by Alba

An intimate and instrospective portrait of a young relationship. Normal People deftly explores the connections that prevail despite break downs in communication and understanding. Rooney absolutely nails the human condition in this quiet novel.

Picked by Kim

The exceptionally practical title character may seem strange to the customers and coworkers around her, but you find that they have quirks and petty ways of their own in this sharp, funny, delightful slice of modern social commentary. 

Picked by Michelle