"Eat. Read. Sleep. Local."

 
 

Residents on Upper Queen Anne know a good thing when they see it! Call it a sanctuary from the big box book sellers, but to those who know it well, the Queen Anne Book Company is simply a cool place to check out the latest books, or peruse the oodles of gift ideas for the book-obsessed on your list! Plus, they have such a friendly group of booksellers! 

We asked Judy de Jonge, co-owner, a few questions and to find out more about this fixture on the hill.

With fewer and fewer independent local bookstores around, including here in Seattle, what would you say is the reason the Queen Anne Book Company continues to thrive?

When the previous bookstore closed in 2012 there was a great sense of loss, and we have been working hard to fill that void by making sure that we continue to be part of this great Queen Anne community. We are here because of our customers and neighborhood friends, and we strive to always have in our store those books that our customers want and need. We provide personal service that the on-line businesses are not able to match.

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Left to right: Judy (in front), Krijn (co-owner), Tegan, Stephanie, Mara, and Janis (co-owner).

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   Judy de Jonge, one of the bookstore's co-owners.

Judy de Jonge, co-owner

You have a number of events at the bookstore, including story time and book launch parties, and book clubs. Which of these programs draw the most people to your store, and why?

Major book launch parties are the biggest events, which we host at our store as well as in other nearby locations. Author readings and book signings draw various size groups of people, for which we use our outside back patio weather permitting. Twice a month we hold story time, which brings in a dozen or so pre-schoolers, during which the store is often filled with laughter.

What are some of the things that your book store is planning for 2018 to attract more people?

March 1st, 2018 marks our 5th anniversary and we are planning a celebration for our customers.

We will continue to do what we do best - work with and for our customers. We are working to make sure that we have the right coverage on all social media, as they have become important means of communication. We also plan to focus on a few big events, and work on community outreach with local schools and businesses.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it to others?

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn  Ward. This is a wonderfully written novel about family, life, grief and love. It gives an intimate portrait of a family and epic tale that is set in past and present Mississippi. It is captivating from beginning to end, and I can’t stop talking about it.

How about some background on the Queen Anne Book Company?

Queen Anne has had a bookstore for over 20 years, but in 2012 the store abruptly closed, leaving Queen Anne residents as well as others in the bookselling industry mourning the loss. 

Janis Segress, our co-owner and manager, had a longtime dream to run her own bookstore, and my husband Krijn and I wanted to make sure that our neighborhood continued to have such an important community place. On March 1, 2013 Queen Anne Book Company opened our doors in the same location, employing four of the previous store’s longtime booksellers.

The Queen Anne Book Company is located at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle. 

 

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Upcoming Events

The store is hosting  Andrea Dunlop, author of She Regrets Nothing at an offsite launch party, Wednesday, February 7, at 1608 4th Ave West in Seattle.

Mystery author Martin Walker will be in the store June 19 to launch his new book, A Taste of Vengeance.

 

Who says book sellers can't have fun at work?