new open mic

November 9, 2022

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, is hosting an open mic night for Washington writers of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Local Author Open Mic happens on the third Monday of each month, except December. So mark your calendar for Monday, November 21, 2022, 7:00pm, and come try out your words on a new audience. Guidelines here.


January 5, 2022

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 19, 2022, when Kelli Russell Agodon is joined by Maggie Smith for poetry and conversation. Presented by Third Place Books, the Zoom event is free with advance registration.

holiday bonus time

December 28, 2016

James Patterson Holiday Bonus-2015Forbes calls him “Publishing’s richest penman.” His online biography says that “he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.” At the rate of about a dozen books a year, on his own and with co-authors, James Patterson is a writing phenomenon.

But even as he’s creating characters and stories, he’s also finding ways to encourage readers and support literacy. Through the Patterson Family Foundation he awards scholarships to students at 22 different colleges and universities around the country. In the last ten years, he has given away more than a million books to students all over the U.S. and has visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy. In 2015, Patterson showed his gratitude to independent bookstore employees through a donation of $250,000; in 2016 he is doing the same. Patterson is partnering with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds, which are granted as bonuses of $1,000 to $5,000 to individual booksellers.

The holiday bonus winners are nominated locally and selected by Patterson himself. We congratulate this year’s 149 winners, including the following independent bookstore employees at some of our favorite Cascadia-region stores:

  • Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
  • Erin Ball, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
  • Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma, WA
  • Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA
  • Emily Fuggetta, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
  • Kim Hooyboer, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Sarah Hutton, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
  • Victoria Irwin, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Ruby Meyers, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR
  • Emma Nichols, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • Linda Watson, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

good news

May 13, 2016

Third Place Books

For those of us who love words, and books, and print in its many forms, and people who create and nurture those things, the opening of a new independent bookstore is indeed good news. Third Place Books, which has been a stalwart of independence since the first store opened in Lake Forest Park in 1998, has announced the opening of a third store, in Seward Park.

The new store, at 5041 Wilson Avenue South, will offer 15 to 20,000 titles, an event/reading space, a separate children’s department, an espresso bar, a full restaurant and a full bar.

Join in the celebration of the Grand Opening on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Watch for details on Facebook.

independent in the news

June 23, 2014

Ravenna Third Place BooksIn case you missed it, James B. Stewart’s June 20 article in The New York Times, “Booksellers Score Some Points in Amazon’s Spat With Hachette” (also published June 21 in the The Seattle Times as “Seattle bookseller uses Amazon spat to connect with his customers”) puts one of Seattle’s stalwart independents, Third Place Books, front and center in the developing story of the “spat” between Amazon and Hachette.
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