February 26, 2013

Queen Anne Book Company reopening in Seattle


Queen Anne Book Company staffers preparing the store to open this weekend.

Back in October, one of Seattle’s great independent bookstores, Queen Anne Books, shut its doors somewhat abruptly after twenty-four years in business. The store, which won the WNBA’s Pannell Award for a general bookstore in 2011, was put up for sale by its owner, Katharine Hershey, who had bought it just months before from longtime owner Patti McCall.

Now, though, Queen Anne is set to make a comeback, as new owners Judy de Jonge, Krijn de Jonge and Janis Segress (Segress is also the manager), prepare to reopen this weekend, under the somewhat altered name Queen Anne Book Company. The new store will be in the same location in the Queen Anne neighborhood (naturally), with some of the same staff, and Shelf Awareness explains that it is the brainchild of a “neighborhood coalition” spearheaded by the new owners.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new bookstore, QABC is kicking off with a full weekend of launch events. They’ve announced on Facebook that they’re planning “author visits and signings plus prizes and fun Friday, Saturday, and Sunday;” and, per Shelf Awareness, the regional authors scheduled to appear include Sherman Alexie, Maria Semple, Jim Lynch, Jonathan Evison, Erica Bauermeister and Jennie Shortridge. The QABC Facebook page has also been featuring a ten-day countdown lately, with book covers starting at Ten Little Indians, and working down to Rainbow Six and Slaughterhouse Five.

The official opening day is this Friday, March 1, and if you’re in Seattle, you can find them at 1811 Queen Avenue North.


Nick Davies is a publicist at Melville House.