Seattle's famously cool and cloudy weather (read: seven months a year of unbroken rain) makes it a haven for readers. The city is full of wonderful bookstores, from Bailey/Coy on Capitol Hill to Magus in the University District, and so on.In a city full of bookstores, Elliott Bay still gets my vote as the best of the bunch.First, location. Pioneer Square puts it just South of downtown, so it's easy to run by after work. Second, the staff. Unlike the chains, everyone who works at the store is a hardcore bibliophile. Need a recommendation for another author that a fan of Alice Sebold would like? No problem! Here are five or six to peruse. Finally, the store is vast. While a little smaller in square footage than a B&N, not one square inch is wasted, with somewhere around 150,000 books in stock at any given time. Finally, there are the readings. Elliott Bay hosts somewhere around 250 readings a year. Everyone worthwhile drops by, and the vast majority of the readings are free of charge.Finally, a small but functional café serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and (yes) coffee downstairs insures that the store always smells wonderful when you walk in.If you are travelling through the Northwest, also check out the equally wonderful Powell's Bookstore in Portland.
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