Seward Park

Third Place Books Seward Park is 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.

While our in-store event programming is paused, we're hosting an array of virtual programming with your favorite (and soon to be favorite) authors! You can check our event calendar here. Our book clubs are also meeting virtually on Zoom.

Raconteur (our on-site restaurant, bar, and cafe) are closed. We'll be bringing in a new restaurant partner as soon as possible and apologize for the inconvenience.

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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

I'm totally in love with this book. The romance is neurodiverse, with a MC with Tourette's and a LI with ADHD. The character development is spot on and the struggles of each character oh so relatable. Easily one of my favorite reads of 2021 so far.

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As a mainly fiction reader, I can honestly say that this is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. The late neurologist Oliver Sacks explores a collection of case studies from some of his more extraordinary cases he witnessed throughout his course of his career. Not only is the material interesting, but the writing is readable and sumptuous. 

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Another wonderful collection of Sloane Crosley essays that provides a perfect distraction from the ugliness of the real world. Full of literal laugh-out-loud moments, you will be more than a little impressed by the insights she folds into the humor of her anecdotes. Her writing makes me want to be her best friend.

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Emily Henry has that thing in her writing. It's the slow unfurling of character development and the gentle way she draws together her love interests. Just like Beach Read, I was completely charmed by People We Meet on Vacation. Friends-to-lovers isn't always my favorite romance trope, by it was done so right in this book. I can't recommend it enough!

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I love historical romance and happy stories in general, but I'm also a sucker for flawed characters, and a bit of grit in the frosting, so to speak. That's why this particular Lisa Kleypas book is a stand-out to me. The main characters aren't nobles: they spend their times in dirty, poor places, and they have to rely more on their wits than privilege, yet there's still the satisfying love story, emotional development, and sparkling escapism that romance novels provide. Plus, the main character is one the (fictional) first female physicians in England. Lisa Kleypas always tells romance well, but exceeded my expectations in this book.

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The entire Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas has all my heart eyes, but this particular volume in the series is a stand out. It's probably not surprising: this series can be categorized as either mystery or romance, though I would lean more heavily in the mystery direction. Still, the slow burning tension between Charlotte Holmes and Lord Ingram keeps my hooked in and this book had the most engaging development with them. The plot twist to the mystery is a device that isn't my favorite (I don't want to spoil it), but the Ocean's 11 type ending was so satisfying. 

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I'm an unreliable cook who is decent when I put in the effort, but the fact of the matter is I'm much more likely to improvise than follow an exact recipe. This is why Julia's Kitchen Wisdom is perfect for people like me: it's instructions on the basics, like how to steam the perfect vegetable or make a basic béchamel sauce with suggestions on how to add variety. I refer to it more than any other cookbook I own.

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What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry--it's elemental.

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

"A romantic comedy that's fun and flirty, young and fresh." – PopSugar 

Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by EW, Cosmo, OprahMag, Buzzfeed, Insider, and NPR! 

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