Third Place Books

  • Written by David B. Clark

It is through our home that we first crawl, wobble upright, crash around and cry a little, and then confidently saunter off into the world. A formal education often follows and eventually, as does a job; typical work. Work tends to be the end-all: that of education, a firm example of time spent, or just where you wound up, clocking in and out. Once work is achieved is where life typically hands out the allowance to understand what else may be of importance. Your home is where you rest, recover, and revel, obligating your working time to its quarters. But where does your need to address the insatiable need to be socially human? This drive for connectivity, for culture and a boosted while never required trip of emotional, spiritual, or intellectual upbringing leads to the stumbling back to education’s doorknocker. Crawl, wobble upright, and make all the other unmentionables towards conscious and progressive community. The community of learning. The community of reading. This is what Third Place Books represents.

photo(courtesy photo)Third Place Books states their identity as a, “deliberate and intentional creation of a community around books and the ideas inside them.” Which they have done well for 20 years with their first location in Lake Forest Park. Their geographically centered Ravenna location followed in 2002 with the baby of the trifecta birthed in 2016 down south in Seward Park. While those who run Third Place want the books to bring people together, they cultivate an easy atmosphere for that to happen by offering cafes, restaurants, and pubs attached to their literary oases.

All locations host literary events like author readings and book signings. The locations are happy to be celebrating National Poetry Month and as a special thank you to their readers they are offering 20% off any purchase of a book of poetry during April. To echo and aid the individual efforts of small bookstores everywhere, all three locations: Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park are celebrating Indie Bookstore Day on April 28 with games, giveaways, prizes, food, and even author visits.  

Notable events for the remaining days of April include:

Local author Steve Olson discussing his gripping history, “Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens.” April 25, 7:00 p.m. at Seward Park.
Political historian and Yale Professor Timothy Snyder’s readings of his latest book, “The Road to Unfreedom” April 28, 7:00  p.m. at Seward Park.

Please visit all three locations of Third Place Books:
Lake Forest Park is located inside Lake Forest Park Towne Centre at 17171 Bothell Way NE.
Ravenna is located on the northeast corner of 20th Ave NE and 65th Street.
Seward Park is located on the northwest corner of Wilson Ave S and S Farrar Street. 

For more info visit their website at

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