Seward Park

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 five monthly book clubs:

Third Place Books Seward Park shares a space with Raconteur, a full-service restaurant and cafe, as well as a bar serving craft cocktails and beer. Drink specials are available from Raconteur during book clubs and author readings.

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

Schulman draws from her experience living as a poor queer in New York during the AIDS genocide to explain the history of physical gentrification of neighborhoods and how that has led to social indoctrination. This was exactly the kind of book that I, as a young(ish) queer interested in radical activism, needed to read in order to better understand how the world we live in came to be.

Picked by Avery

A book all about celebrating the timeless tradition of dance! How Do You Dance? is a wonderful reminder that there's no wrong way to express yourself through movement, and is sure to inspire a boogie, scoot, or swivel.

Picked by Avery

Starting at a new school is hard... especially if your new classmates are tasty.

Picked by Avery

Colson Whitehead's first book, if you're just getting into his work it's so worth going back to his early books. Ostensibly about an elevator repair person it is an amazing book about race and america. Like all his books. 

 

Picked by Mallery

As far as I'm concerned this is the best book of feminist speculative fiction. It's amazing how much Ms. Butler intuited about where we find ourselves today. If I ran into Olamina I think I would follow her up the road too: Maybe God is in Fact CHANGE.

 

Picked by Mallery

My favorite historical fiction currently. Full of opera and mystery and false identities. Lilliet Berne is a complicated lady who will stay with me for a long time. If you are looking to immerse yourself in a sweeping narrative that transports you to another time and place, where things weren't simpler but they were definitely different, this book is for you.

Picked by Mallery

Stunningly illustrated, this book reads like poetry. It's calming, charming, really beautiful. If you're looking for something to lull your little one asleep, this is your book!

Picked by Candace

Such a fun bedtime book! Laughter is unavoidable as you follow Abner and Ian's instructions to shake the book until they find their footing. The book is interactive with clever language that doesn't condescend to children (words/phrases like perpendicular, recurrent eczema, functioning of systems, probability). Really is a hoot. Be prepared to read it again and again...and again.

Picked by Candace

For fans of Jane Eyre, this futuristic retelling of Charlotte Brontë's seminal work will satiate your thirst for Gothic novels and spaceship drama. Relegated to a miserable engineering job aboard the Stalwart, seventeen year old Stella is offered a governess position on the Rochester, a tricked-out, elite ship. Between a budding romance with the ship's captain and the mysteries of the ship, things get cray and steamy. 

Picked by Candace