Seward Park

Located in the former Seward Park PCC, 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. Third Place Seward Park continues the Third Place mission of providing a gathering space for its new community.

Third Place is also proud to present our partner at the new location - Raconteur. A new restaurant concept brought to you by the owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza. Raconteur will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Featuring a full coffee bar with locally roasted espresso, a dining room and a full bar, Raconteur aims to be the neighborhood destination, not only for the Seward Park area, but for all of Seattle. Raconteur’s menu focuses on food from our corner of the world and dishes from around the globe - a truly upscale, international dining experience.

The store features:

  • 15 to 20,000 titles
  • an event/reading space
  • a separate children's department
  • an espresso bar
  • a full restaurant
  • and a full bar

Here's an article about the store that appeared in The Seattle Times.

Latest Staff Picks

Jessa Crispin is not interested in signing a no-strike clause with the patriarchy, and she's here to argue that YOU shouldn't be, either. In Why I Am Not a Feminist, she pulls no punches as she delivers a pitch perfect rebuttal to the uber-approachable milquetoast lifestyle feminism we've all become accustomed to hearing about.

Picked by Anje

“What should I tell you? Death is more just than anything else in the world: no can escape it.”

Nothing quite like real life to ground you and Svtlana Alexievich’s collected Chernobyl narratives are just that: grounding.

This also happens to be the best and most emotionally charged nonfiction I have ever read.

Check it out.

Picked by Garrett

Sweet and unassuming, This Is How It Always Is explores the strength of familial bonds with tender love and sharp wit. I fell in love with the eccentric Walsh-Adams clan (particularly Poppy) and felt my heart break over the hardships taht plagued them as the result of having a "non-traditional" family. A heartwarmingly empathetic debut.

Picked by Avery

A beautifully written story on friendship, grief, loss, and healing with a generous helping of mystery and suspense thrown into the mix. Every character and environment is poppin'-off-the-page real, to the point where I could almost feel the muggy Georgia summer, even though it was 25* out and my hands were frozen numb from holding the book. (I couldn't put it down after I picked it back up.)

Picked by Avery

Adam Gordon, slacker poet on a fellowship in Spain, suffers a generic writer's debacle: the cleaving of experience into "what cannot be named" and "what cannot be lived." So afraid of failure that he "pretends he's only pretending to be a poet," and so desperate for human contact that he tells women that his mom--who is alive and well in Topeka--just died, Adam nonetheless escapes both self-indulgence and the post-modern cliché. His poor Spanish, frequent misunderstandings and mistranslations become the brilliantly original generative principle of Lerner's novel, and what may seem like Adam's weak character is revealed as the vulnerability of the poet and the man "learning how to live" in a foreign language and culture.

Picked by Naomi

I've probably read Cannibal three times through by now, but still manage to glean something new with each reading. Sinclair has opened my empathy to a culture that is otherwise inaccessible to me, boldly challenging xenophobia with vibrant and unapologetically heavy imagery.

Sinclair is a classic-in-waiting and I cannot wait for the day she is taught alongside Maya Angelou and James Baldwin.

Picked by Avery

The events that inspired Human Acts took place more than two decades ago, but still sits uncomfortably close to home. Han Kang's third translated novel holds nothing back in this fictional retelling of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising in S. Korea that lead to a massacre of hundreds of civilian protesters in an attempt to suppress civil unrest in the city, and of the aftermath in which future generations are almost blissfully unaware of the atrocities that occurred just 20 years prior.
 
This wasn't an easy book to stomach, but an absolutely necessary read, especially given these times when history seems insistent on repeating itself.

Picked by Avery

A stunning debut pioneering in its accurate portrayal of a first generation Chinese immigrant family (refreshingly free of stereotypes) and the pressure of the expectations, both societal and familial, forced upon them in a contradiction of identity. Within the first page, I was drawn to Fu's lyrical writing and vibrant characters that gradually intertwined with quiet brilliance and wit.
 
Fu explores the debacle of what life is when constricted to a suffocating outlook of self-denial - what are we willing to sacrifice and suffer though in order for a few sparing moments of authenticity and the happiness it brings? Is complacency all we can accept when faced with overwhelming fear?
 
All in all, an essential and engrossing read from an author whose further works I will be keeping an eye out for.

Picked by Avery

It's hard to grasp just how important the public hospital system is until you read a book like "Bellevue". I was already in awe after reading about them implementing the country's first ambulance service, but as I read about their staff's utterly selfless response during the emergence of the AIDS crisis, my breath caught in my throat. The staff accounts of responding to the September 11th attacks and of hauling buckets of fuel up to the 13th floor emergency generator during hurricane Sandy nearly brought me to my knees.

Picked by Anje