Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle
Elliott Bay Book Company occupies a wonderful antique building in Pioneer Square, the oldest part of downtown Seattle. The interior brickwork of the building sets a mood of earthiness and elegance, which is further expressed in the vintage woodwork, well-placed lighting, and a seemingly endless series of cavernous rooms, all filled with carefully chosen books. Happy readers crowd the store, perusing the literary delights upstairs and imbibing the pastry, quiche, lasagna, hot and cold libations in the Honey Bear Bakery Cafe downstairs.
Elliott Bay Book Company occupies the
ground floor and basement
The entrance seen from First Street
Tree-lined, historic First Street
The building directly east of the store on Main Street is equally old and well-restored
With appropriately antique electric trollies serving the area...
...and lovely old Pioneer Square across the street.
A custom-made stained glass window over the front entrance
Example of the antique brickwork in the
The front room, with staircase down to the cafe and check-out counter to the rear
The middle room, see from the art book balcony
Two more rooms beyond the middle room, and I am told there are more!
Close to the front door are books by
The store publishes a calendar of readings and talks, of which there are twenty-five listed for the month of July, each with a paragraph illuminating the book and its maker for those choosing which events to attend. Of mine they wrote: " Alicia Bay Laurel was but a few years out of high school when, in 1971, her handwritten and drawn guide to what was then called counter-cultural living, Living On The Earth, was published. That book--thirty years and 350,000 copies ago--played a part in how books were designed, imagined and published that resulted in major changes for the book world as a whole. Alicia Bay Laurel is here tonight with a new revised and expanded, 30th anniversary edition of Living On The Earth (Villard), an evening that will include music and talk."
Lovely Samantha worked as coordinator
for the event.
I enjoyed myself sharing the story of the two editions of the book...
...and illustrating the story with songs I wrote during those years.
The people who came humored me in my
request for a photo for my web site at the end of my