Third Place Books + Raconteur Officially Open

This weekend marks the official opening of the long-awaited Third Place Books in the former PCC Seward Park location. The bookstore has events planned all weekend with a number of very well-known, local,  and respected authors reading (on Saturday, Seattle’s best-known restauranteur, Tom Douglas, reads at 11…2006 Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Egan, reads at 1). Here’s the official release:

Located in the former Seward Park PCC, Third Place Seward Park is a general interest bookstore featuring new & used books with a used book buy back counter open seven days a week.  Third Place Seward Park continues the Third Place mission of providing a gathering space for its new community.

Third Place is also proud to present our partner at the new location – Raconteur.  A new restaurant concept brought to you by the owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza.  Raconteur will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.  Featuring a full coffee bar with locally roasted espresso, a dining room and a full bar, Raconteur aims to be the neighborhood destination, not only for the Seward Park area, but for all of Seattle.  Raconteur’s menu focuses on food from our corner of the world and dishes from around the globe – a truly upscale, international dining experience.

To celebrate our grand opening we have planned a weekend of book signings with a dynamic group of local authors.  Join us to meet your favorite authors and introduce yourself to the beautiful new addition to the Third Place Books family.

The new location, which also shares a space with a new restaurant and bar, Raconteur (which is being run by the folks behind Flying Squirrel) has been getting a lot of hype in the press. Here’s a Seattle Times write-up, another from Seattle Met, and this one from Eater.

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5 thoughts on “Third Place Books + Raconteur Officially Open

  1. donna stringer says:

    I cannot tell you how excited I am about this opening and how disappointed I am that there are not more people of color in your opening lineup. You are, after all, in the south end of town and there are many people of color who could be available to you.

    • Note: This is not an official Third Place Books post. It’s a neighborhood website. Feel free to use the comments for discussion. However, comments directed at Third Place Books should be sent to them, not directed at this website as the “You” in your post implies.

  2. Judith Lee says:

    I second Donna’s comment. Really disappointing.

  3. Dave says:

    Welcome to the neighborhood! So excited! Love the weekend lineup Garth Stein! Sure, diversity would be good and they missed the boat. I am confident they’ll get there. Third Place has proven itself to be a thoughtful company and very community-minded. Go to the store, hear some authors. Tell the manager directly you’d love more weekend events with diverse authors. Go help make it happen.

  4. […] the Seattle Met piece, Seattle Times has something unseen behind their paywall, and the hyper-local Columbia City Source has a good aggregate posting that caused area neighbors to criticize the lack of people of color […]

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