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Literary Travel Guide: Seattle

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle

Literary Destinations:

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Literary Destinations

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Literary Destinations

A place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better. We provide classes, events, and fellowships for emerging and established writers.

Where Christian Grey seduced Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey

Honoring the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators and creations.

Publisher of Classic Texts in Western Esotericism for Libraries & Laboratories.

Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the greater Puget Sound region.

Room includes a private library.


Seattle's Best Libraries:

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Best Libraries

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Best Libraries


Bookish Places to Eat in Seattle:

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Bookish Places to Eat

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Bookish Places to Eat

If your love for high-quality dining is as strong as your appetite for well-written literature.

  • Smith | 332 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The booths are made from old library doors and are surrounded by stacks of books.

Visited by the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Tom Robbins, Theodore Roethke, and Thomas Pynchon, and other notable authors.

  • Raconteur | 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

New American fare, craft beer & cocktails in convivial digs inside a bookshop.

Situated in the Elliot Bay Book Company, this modern cafe serves coffee, juice, sandwiches & more.

For the cravings of the technical mind


Literary Events in Seattle:

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Literary Events in Seattle

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Literary Events in Seattle

Where literature hits the street

Book-It Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read.

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writers and their work.

Every first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. 


Seattle's Independent Bookstores:

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Local Bookstores

Literary Travel Guide: Seattle | Local Bookstores

Full-service, multilevel bookstore with frequent author readings & events plus book clubs.

Quaint neighborhood bookshop with in-store discussions, author readings & an outdoor seating area.

Bookstore that runs as a collective publishes & distributes radical works plus other used titles.

A touch whimsical, this fun bookshop is run by a bibliophile, Jeopardy! champ, author & editor.

Veteran independent bookstore stocking titles for adults & kids, as well as hosting literary events.

A wide range of new, used & out-of-print poetry books, plus author readings, in an inviting space.

Classic indie bookstore in snug surroundings stocking a rotating selection of pre-owned titles.

Local hub for new, used & vintage cookbooks, hosting a variety of author events & cooking classes.

Long-running indie shop stocking more than 70,000 used & rare books covering a wide range of genres.

Independent bookstore in a cozy, neighborhood setting, stocking titles for all ages.

We're Seattle's coolest used bookstore, independently owned and operated for 30 years! 

Graphic novel retailer stocking current & out-of-print titles plus an event space & art gallery.

Metaphysical bookstore with books & gifts, as well as spiritual, healing & wisdom tradition events.

Bright, airy cafe inside a self-described "geeky" bookstore offering light, health-conscious fare.

Indie bookshop selling new & used titles in a relaxed setting with author events & an on-site cafe.

Indie bookstore with new & used titles plus a cafe with light bites & live entertainment.

The Globe offers books of good value, new and used, in the arts and sciences. Strengths include literature, history, children's titles, and cooking. 

Secondhand bookstore crammed with fiction, mysteries & eclectic titles, plus live-in cats & a sofa.

Comic book specialist offering new & vintage titles, plus graphic novels & subscription service.

Intimate indie bookseller in Pike Place Market offering a selection of new & classic volumes.

Books, toys, crafts and more for both adults and children. Home of Georgian Wood Toys.

Secondhand bookshop focused on paperback fiction, plus selections for kids & on diverse subjects.

Specialty bookstore carrying titles relating to design, architecture, graphics & more.

Long-standing university stop for new & used books, computers, games & tech gadgets.

Long-standing specialist selling maps, globes, guidebooks, reproductions & travel accessories.

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