The Elliott Bay Book Company

101 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104 101 South Main Street, Seattle Directions
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Five Things to Know About The Elliott Bay Book Company

It’s easy to lose yourself in The Elliott Bay Book Company. But since the independent bookstore houses thousands of titles spread across multiple levels, chances are you’ll be too busy reading to notice. Here are a few more facts about this Emerald City original.

  • It’s a Seattle landmark. Walter Carr founded The Elliott Bay Book Company in 1973, and it’s remained a local favorite ever since.
  • It has books. A lot of them. The store’s cedar shelves—a quintessentially Northwest touch—hold over 150,000 titles.
  • It supports local authors. Up-and-coming talents can apply to have their self-published works stocked by the store.
  • Not all of the reading here is silent. The bookstore frequently hosts readings, talks, and book-signing sessions featuring renowned authors from all over the world.
  • It sells more than books. The on-site Elliott Bay Cafe serves up pastries, wine, beer, and coffee to accompany afternoon reading sessions.

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