Seward Park

Third Place Books Seward Park is now 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.

All events at Third Place Books Seward Park have been postponed until further notice. 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

In the spirit of upcoming turkey carcasses, here is the most decadently pus-soaked and maggot-riddled book I've ever had the privilege of reading. Surgery, belying its present, was once a barbaric exercise in brute strength and swift scalpelwork. Only thanks to the iconoclastic work of doctors like Joseph Lister and William T.G. Morton are procedures possible without unbearable agony and rapid infection. This medical history is brisk, riveting, nauseating, and unrelentingly fun.

Picked by Elijah

It's unclear if this book is prose or poetry (or that hateful nonanswer "prose-poetry"). Certainly, though, Nelson has crafted a crucial treatise on love and loneliness that interrogates the many natures of such emotions. I can only say that this book doesn't answer any questions, and that I will keep rereading it to revisit those that it raises.

Picked by Elijah

Jia Tolentino, of The New Yorker aplomb, in this collection demonstrates that, for a cultural critic, no norm is beneath observation. Tolentino writes like a contemporary anthropologist: rummaging through our artifacts and explaining them to us, wondering aloud how they became so misshapen. Written for every reader, your life will only be improved, and changed, by picking up a copy.

Picked by Elijah

Miss college? Love baseball? Lust after your school president? I don't either, so the depth to which I reveled in this book surprised me. Harbach's swooping sports odyssey is sentence-level funny in a way that tempers its growing bleakness, with characters who are troubled and human and who tangle into ornate, fragile knots. Is this book an allegory? Sure, but who knows for what. Life, probably.

Picked by Elijah

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