Seattle’s newest independent bookstore, Queen Anne Book Company, opens its doors with a fabulous grand opening celebration Friday March 1- Sunday March 3, 9 am to 9 pm. The store, owned by Judy and Krijn de Jonge and Janis Segress, is a fresh start in a familiar place: Queen Anne Book Company is a brand-new business will occupy the 1811 Queen Anne Ave. storefront vacated by the closure of Queen Anne Books in October 2012.
As an introduction to the bookloving community, the store has an incredible line-up of local authors coming throughout the weekend. Because the owner/managers want customers to be able to explore the new books and new store as much as possible, the author events are described as “Authors in the House”– authors mingling and signing books in the store rather than reading or presenting. There won’t be rows of chairs blocking anything, and roving authors (identified with name tags bearing an image of their latest book cover) will be available to meet and greet fans.
On Friday, while supplies last, customers will receive goodie bags of homemade flavored marshmallows made by Queen Anne baker Adana. On Saturday (again, while supplies last), kids will get a free take-home Cat in the Hat craft to celebrate the weekend’s Read Across America Day.
Throughout the weekend, the owners and staff of Queen Anne Books will have surprise give-aways, including free books and flash-coupons (coupons given out at unexpected intervals that are good for one hour).
Watch the store’s twitter feed and facebook page for updates.
As of Thursday morning, here is the schedule of authors who will appear at Queen Anne Book Company’s Grand Opening:
____Friday, March 1 • Open 9 am to 9 pm_____
10:00- 12:00 Daniel Marks
1:00- 3:00 Maria Semple
4:00- 6:00 Matt Ruff
3:00- 5:00 Mary Daheim
7:00- 9:00 Jennie Shortridge
**PRIZE DRAWING at 8 for Book Club in a Box: 10 advance copies of Jennie’s to-be-released novel “Love Water Memory” with discussion questions. Please be present to win.
____Saturday, March 2 • Open 9 am to 9 pm_____
Daytime visits from Bernadette Pajer and Deb Lund (mid-afternoon)
Garth Stein: maybe Saturday, maybe Sunday, TBA
10:30- 11:30 Helen Landalf
2:00- 4:00 Nick O’Connell
7:00- 9:00 Sherman Alexie
___Sunday, March 3 • Open 9 am to 9 pm______
11:00- 12:00 Carmela D’Amico
12:00- 2:00 Jonathan Evison
2:00- 4:00 David Lasky
Shannon Huffman Polson
4:00- 6:00 Sean Beaudoin
…and hopefully visits from Bonnie Rough and Janna Cawrse Esarey during the weekend!