Ravenna Third Place Books

A small independent bookstore located in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle.

[05/16/17]   You don't want to miss David R. Montgomery reading here this Thursday night! He'll be discussing his new book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life, at 7pm. Bring your hopes and fears and questions!

Here's a passage from the book on Plato and soil degradation:

"The idea that soil loss and degradation can influence human societies is not new. It goes back at least as far as the Classical Greek philosopher Plato. In one of his dialogues, he blamed erosion of upland soils for the large deposits of silt that were building deltas out into the sea at the mouths of rivers. Water that used to sink into the ground was running off bare plowed fields and carrying away the soil.

'The rich, soft soil has all run away leaving the land nothing but skin and bone. But in those days the damage had not taken place, the hills had high crests, the rocky plain of Phelleus was covered with rich soil,...of which there are some traces today.'

Plato thought this mattered because it affected the ability of the land to support a large army exempt from agricultural labor. In this sense, he may have been the first to connect how people treat the land to how the land, in turn, will treat their descendants." p. 58 - 59

Huge thanks to Claire Dederer and everyone who came to our luncheon! Get your hands on a copy of Love & Trouble as soon as possible. And if you missed seeing her today, she'll be at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 7pm on July 19th (free and no ticket required)!

Books for Mom!


Avery has some great suggestions for all those amazing Moms out there!

blog.thirdplacebooks.com It's the Friday before Mother's Day and wait, you haven't gotten a gift for Mom yet? Have no fear, for Third Place Books is here with a boo...

NEW TICKET PRICE - $5 to see Paula Hawkins TONIGHT at Town Hall (!), in conversation with Kevin O'Brien (!!) about her new thriller, Into the Water. ($35 for 2 tix + book). Please share!

[05/12/17]   We have TWO exciting advance copies of two forthcoming books, and we're giving both of them away to ONE lucky person. We have one copy each of Igiaba Scego's new novel Adua (out June 20) and Nicole Krauss's first novel in seven years, Forest Dark (out September 12). Adua is a spare, vibrant story of cultural heritage, regret, diaspora, and the complex relationship between daughter and father. In Forest Dark, a retired lawyer and a young novelist are both spurred by the search for self-definition to accept offers they'd normally never dream of, ultimately leading them to the same desert in Israel. To enter to win both books, just comment on this post with why you're interested in either title by the end of the day on Friday, May 19th! We'll notify the random winner on Saturday via Facebook message.

A few rules: one comment per person, please. And you must be able to pick up the books in-store, here at Ravenna Third Place Books (we can't mail them to you). Advance copies can't be sold (by us, or you, or anyone).

More about ADUA (New Vessel Press) from the publisher:

Adua, an immigrant from Somalia to Italy, has lived in Rome for nearly forty years. She came seeking freedom from a strict father and an oppressive regime, but her dreams of becoming a film star ended in shame. Now that the civil war in Somalia is over, her homeland beckons. Yet Adua has a husband who needs her, a young man, also an immigrant, who braved a dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. When her father, who worked as an interpreter for Mussolini’s fascist regime, dies, Adua inherits the family home. She must decide whether to make the journey back to reclaim her material inheritance, but also how to take charge of her own story and build a future.

Igiaba Scego is an Italian novelist and journalist. She was born in Rome in 1974 to Somali parents who took refuge in Italy following a coup d’état in their native country, where her father served as foreign minister.

More about FOREST DARK (HarperCollins) from the publisher:

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he’s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert—with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality—and her own perception of life—that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

Nicole Krauss is the internationally bestselling author of three novels: Man Walks Into a Room, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year; The History of Love, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Saroyan Prize for International Literature; and Great House, a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award. Nicole Krauss lives in New York.

Tickets still available for Friday evening's special Town Hall event with Girl on The Train author Paula Hawkins! THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING US.

We have single admission tickets for $5 *AND* book bundles (admission for TWO plus ONE copy of her new book, Into The Water) for $35.


A Midwestern boy’s wandering life of South American poverty with his mom, the revolutionary - The Boston Globe


Peter Andreas writes movingly about his fascinating childhood crisscrossing the Americas with his ardently political mother in his memoir "Rebel Mother." Wednesday night he'll be here in-store for a reading - please join us!

"While the 1960s were transforming his mother into an ardent leftist and feminist, Peter’s father, a negotiator for the United Automobile Workers’ Union, remained 'stable as a rock, but just as difficult to penetrate.' Frustrated, Carol had an affair and threw out all her bras. The marriage was doomed."


bostonglobe.com Peter Andreas’s memoir details a mother-son bond powerful enough to transcend economic hardship, emotional missteps, intermittent absences and, ultimately, differences in values and politics.

Our April bestsellers list! It looks very different from last month's, with 8 titles making their debut onto the list for the first time. We see y'all are still very into The Handmaid's Tale, making it #1. There's also three books from our April author events on the list - Tom Hansen's American Junkie is #3, Jacqueline Hill's book of poetry This Holy Fire is #13, and from our Independent Bookstore Day storytime extravaganza, Jessica Petersen's Old Tracks, New Tricks is #20.

Also new to the list for the first time? #6, Dana Simpson's adorable kids' graphic novel Unicorn Crossing; #10, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology (in its new, limited edition jacket design); #14, Tim Marshall's Prisoners of Geography; and #18, the paperback of Nancy Isenberg's White Trash.


Oh gosh! Thank you to all of our lovely customers who make this possible.

Hey all - just letting you know you made The Evergrey's list of 23 Seattle small businesses people ❤️! The winning nomination: “Incredible staff, family friendly, and a perfect combo of businesses in one! This is really the heart of our community… & a one-stop-shop.” – Oralea Howard

Depulvera Book Cleaning Equipment


A car wash for books. A BOOK WASH. We love this retro video of old book cleaning technology (h/t to @seattlereviewofbooks for finding it)!


As seen in use at the British Library and now available in North America, Depulvera book cleaning equipment will safely clean exterior dust from rare books i...

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