Saturday, 13 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #11: Uppercase Bookshop, Washington

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

Uppercase Bookshop, Washington

I had a chat with Leah who runs it. 

Hi Leah! Where can we find you?

Near Seattle, WA USA in Snohomish

Describe your bookshop in three words. 

Whimsical, diverse, surprising

What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door? 

The clocks on the wall telling time in different fantastic lands i.e. Hobbiton, Hogsmeade, Oz

What’s the best event you’ve ever done? 

Edgar Allen Poe Reading at Halloween, with the lights out and candles lit.

And your best customer moment? 

Anytime a customer comes back to tell us they loved one of our recommendations

Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently 

The Luminaries

Why did you become a bookseller? 

We wanted our town to keep its bookshop

Why are you still a bookseller? 

We still want our town to keep its bookshop

If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why? 

London. Because London.

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.  

The entire human experience can be found in a good bookshop. Books are the gift of incredible perspective.

"A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." Carl Sagan


  1. Oh, I love the idea of clocks telling the time in different world. That's brilliant!

  2. True story: Before Leah, Uppercase Books was an armpit dump on the other side of town. It smelled terrible. It repelled book lovers, word nerd, and literate human beings. And so, when Leah opened the new (and let's face it, REAL) Uppercase, I renewed my faith in humanity, promptly plunked down my word-nerdy self, and began buying up whatever my bookshelves and pocketbook could happily suffer. I now live a few towns away but still visit UC and frequently send customers in my stead.

  3. I love this book store and am a frequent visitor, and it's so nice to have an independent book shop like this still around!!