Local Book Community


From Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island, WA, to Powell's City of Books in Portland, OR, bookstores in our area play an important part in forging local literary spirit. Even as independent bookstores have declined nationwide, many in our region still stand strong, thanks to both the avid support of local readers and the great abundance of writers here.

With such an intimate relationship between writers and the local book community, it is noteworthy that several amazing bookstores have risen above the pack to support writers. Field's End has created a list of some of these standout bookstores, all of whom support authors in some way: by sponsoring author events, offering writing classes/workshops, and helping authors build a platform toward the goal of publication. Please support the future of these great bookstores by ordering and buying books from them whenever possible!  

Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island

Store Hours
Monday-Friday: 9 AM-7 PM, Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM, Saturday: 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM

Used Book Annex Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 12 PM-5 PM

A full service, locally owned, and proudly independent bookstore since 1970, Eagle Harbor Book Company offers a full schedule of author readings and events.

157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA

Edmonds Book Shop, Edmonds

Store Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 AM-8 PM, Saturday: 9 AM-8 PM, Sunday: 10 AM-5 PM

Located in the heart of downtown Edmonds, Washington, Edmonds Book Shop provides a great selection of books for people with all different interests, including the latest in fiction, mystery, biography, kids books and general nonfiction. 

111 5th Avenue South, Edmonds, WA

Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle

Store Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-10 PM, Friday-Saturday, 10 AM-11 PM, Sunday, 10 AM- 9 PM

Seattle’s legendary independent bookstore is located in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood business district. A full-service bookstore in Seattle, it is home to over 150,000 titles. 

1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA

Island Books, Mercer Island

Store Hours
Mon-Wed: 9:30 AM-7:00 PM, Thurs: 9:30 AM-8:00 PM, Fri: 9:30 AM-7:00 PM, Sat: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM, Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Island Books is an independent bookstore that has served Mercer Island for over 40 years. "Our store has a special atmosphere, where booksellers remember who you are and the kind of books you read. We may not be big, but everything inside is hand-selected with care, including cards, gifts, games, toys, locally-made chocolates and most importantly, the titles we personally know and love. We wrap your presents with a bow and ship them for free anywhere in the United States."

3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island WA

Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo

Store Hours:
Sun 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon - Thu 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, Fri - Sat 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

Liberty Bay Books is proud to be a local independent bookstore offering books, e-books, cards, gifts, games, book clubs and events with favorite authors. Check out staff picks shelves throughout the store or simply tell them what books you've loved in the past and they'll suggest similar authors and titles. 

18881 D Front St, Poulsbo   

A second location is now open in Bremerton at 409 Pacific Avenue! (Open Tuesday-Sunday)

Magnolia's Bookstore, Magnolia

Store Hours
Monday-Friday: 9 AM-7 PM, Saturday: 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday: Noon-5 PM

An independent general bookstore serving the local community since 1992. "We offer a thoughtfully chosen selection of books for all ages, and a surprising depth of inventory that will keep you interested but never overwhelmed. We offer free gift wrapping, frequent buyer rewards, gift certificates in any amount, and an experienced, knowledgeable staff eager to recommend and talk about all kinds of books. We have recommendations posted throughout the store; please check out recent ones on our Recommendations page."

In the heart of Magnolia Village: 3206 W. McGraw St.Seattle, WA 

Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Wallingford

Store Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 12-4 PM

This 500-square-foot shop is brimming with over 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print poetry books, as well as a selection of titles about poetry. You’ll find a broad range of volumes on the shelves, from the experimental work of Bhanu Kapil to the fragments of Sappho (in several translations), from the latest Tony Hoagland collection to the writings of John Clare. Books are ordered from publishers huge, tiny, and in between to maintain what a continually varied and interesting stock.

2414 N 45th St, Seattle, WA

Phinney Books, Greenwood

Store Hours:
Monday-Wednesday: 10 AM-7 PM, Thursday-Friday: 10 AM-8 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 12-5 PM

Phinney Books is a general-interest store selling a carefully chosen selection of new books across a variety of categories. Because they are low on space, they make a special effort to have interesting reading in fiction, kids' books, essays, history, cookbooks, music, technology, cities, nature and science, graphic novels, diaries, and letters. NYRB Classics on are always on hand. 

7405 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA

Powells City of Books, Portland, OR

Store Hours:
9 AM –11 PM daily
Sell Us Your Books: 9 AM-8 PM daily
Rare Book Room: 11 AM–7 PM daily

Powell's Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. They employ over 530 people between five Portland-area stores and Powells.com, and their book inventory exceeds two million volumes. In spite of their substantial size and reach, they remain grounded by the company's core values, which have guided them through the ups and downs of the book selling industry. They have an especially intimate relationship with Portland — one of the few cities in America can name a bookstore as its top attraction. They host over 500 author events a year, in addition to children's story times, writing workshops, game demonstrations, and book clubs. 

1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR

Queen Anne Book Company, Queen Anne

Store Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 9 AM-8 PM, Sunday: 10 AM-7 PM

The Queen Anne community is very fond of their independent bookstore. When the previous bookstore closed its doors late October 2012 the outcry was widely heard. And not only from Queen Anne residents but book lovers everywhere. Word of the closure made its way to book industry channels and fellow independent bookstores, authors, and booksellers everywhere also mourned this loss. The new owner partnership consists of long-time Queen Anne residents Krijn and Judy de Jonge and prior resident returning home Janis Segress. They are all passionate about their community and books and saw a way to help by coming together and providing a new bookstore for Queen Anne…one that has the goal of digging deep roots and thriving for a very long time.  

1811 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA

Secret Garden Books, Ballard

Store Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10 AM-8 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

 Secret Garden Books is a full-service general bookstore, featuring books for everyone, with a particular specialty in children's books. They offer author events, school book fairs, and cultural events throughout the city. Located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, their knowledgeable staff includes longtime booksellers, and avid young adult and general readers alike, ready to help you select books for yourself or for gifts. Free gift wrapping, discounts for book clubs and educators, shipping services, and easy special orders are also available.

2214 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park and Ravenna

Lake Forest Park Hours:
Monday-Saturday : 9 AM to 10 PM, Sunday: 9 AM to 8 PM
Ravenna Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 8 AM-10 PM, Sunday: 8 AM-9 PM

Third Place Books, at two locations, is the "deliberate and intentional creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them.” Both stores provide author events. 

Lake Forest Park Location: 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 
Ravenna Location: 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

University Book Store, Multiple Locations

Store Hours:
Monday–Friday: 9 AM-8 PM, Saturday: 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday: 12-5 PM

Includes the following departments: The Husky Shop, New & Used Books, Tech Center, Textbooks, Gifts & Cosmetics, Supplies, Health Sciences, Book Fairs and the following services: Gift Wrapping, Shipping, Gift Cards, Free Parking, Online Ordering, Used Book Buying, Special Orders, Disability Services, Returns & Exchanges.

U District Store: 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
Bellevue Store: 990 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA
Bothell Store: 18325 Campus Way NE, Suite 102, Bothell, WA
Health Sciences Store: Room 301 South Campus Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Husky Central Store: 1319 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Husky Union Building (HUB) Store: G03 Husky Union Building, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Mill Creek Store: Mill Creek Town Center, 15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA
Tacoma Store: 1754 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA

Village Books, Fairhaven

Store Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 10 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat: 10 AM-10 PM, Sun: 10 AM - 7 PM

Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington, where it has been awarded the Tourism Business of the Year by the members of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Since 1980 we have been Whatcom County, Washington's "Community Bookshop for Browsing." To subscribe to their event-filled e-newsletter, contact .

1200 11th Street, Bellingham  

Village Books, Lynden NOW OPEN!

Store Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm

On November 22, 2015, Village books had a soft opening at its fully remodeled Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in downtown Lynden. While the interior (and exterior for that matter) are clearly not completely finished, the store has a warm feel and had a dozen or so people checking it out! And, as always, they are available online 24/7.

430 Front Street, Lynden, WA

Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books, Port Townsend

Store Hours:
Open every day: 10 AM-5:30 PM

Located on historic Water Street, the Writers' Workshoppe offers a resource place for writers AND an eclectic general bookstore. They carry over 5,000 books, carefully curated from their favorite books list, reviewers and the passions of their customers and themselves. Daily writing workshops are also offered ~ over twelve a week. Some workshops meet on a weekly basis, others are weekend intensives. 

820 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA