Seward Park

Third Place Books Seward Park is open for limited, in-store browsing and curbside pickup daily from 9am to 6pm. For the health and safety of our staff and community, customers are required to follow our Code of Conduct while on the premises.

While our in-store event programming is paused, we're hosting an array of virtual programming with your favorite (and soon to be favorite) authors! You can check our event calendar here. Our book clubs are also meeting virtually on Zoom.

Raconteur (our on-site restaurant, bar, and cafe) are closed. We'll be bringing in a new restaurant partner as soon as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.


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

Layered texts, Spanglish reveries, pained prayers. If this book feels broken, that's because it's broken. What is more thrilling than a text that begs for context? Pairs well with The LIne Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, and The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Picked by Jalen

This book has saved my fig and hosta already!

I like how I can visually look up plants by picture at the front, and how it's full of quick, easy tips.

A plant life-saver for the total beginner!

Picked by Michelle

In his groundbreaking analysis of Western depictions of the East, Said combines historical analysis, literary criticism, and a deep dive into the history of philology to demonstrate how the "Orient" is not only an invention of the West, but also works in the service of establishing and maintaining imperialism, primarily of the British, French, and later American varieties.

Picked by Sophia

Tells the story of a protagonist named Maria, an innocent Brazilian young woman who tries to understand love. Her view of it is tarnished as she is left heartbroken from it. She meets a young painter and this type of love changes her view. Will she accept this Love or Run away from it?

Picked by Troy

This is a story of migration, love, loss, and hope. It shows the story of Hattie who migrates to Philadelphia in 1923 and the story of the eleven children she raises to face a "Jim Crow America."

Picked by Troy
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By Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd (Afterword by), Jr. Gates, Henry Louis (Afterword by)

Written as a hybrid of prose, vignettes, and poetry. This novel explores the lives of many different African Americans living out what it means to be "Black America" in the early to mid 20th century. Beautifully written and engaging.

Picked by Troy

This book is a world wide treasure of spiritual growthh and chasing after one's own personal legend. We are constantly reminded that the universe conspires toward our own good and destiny. We just have to search and be aware. What is your personal legend?

Picked by Troy

Having read this book multiple times it made me wrestle with my own identity as a son, a man, a black man, the holder of my father's name. This book has been very important to me.

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A deep dive into the psychology and spirit of a protagonist who seems to have a perfect life but is overtaken by loneliness. A thrilling ride to the end that explores the questions of fidelity, happiness, and life meanings.

Picked by Troy