UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who donated and helped us spread the word, we've reached our $50,000 fundraising goal four days early! Right now, we just want to radiate our relief and gratitude. Thank you, lovers of poetry, for making our dream of a sustainable, long-term future a reality. You made this happen, and we can't wait to welcome everyone to our beautiful new bookshop and community space in Pioneer Square in the coming months!
We are thrilled to announce that we’ve found a new home. Our new storefront will be in the historic Good Arts Building in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood, where we believe our beloved bookstore will not only persevere but thrive. But to make this move – and our dreams for the future – a reality, we need your help.
We're in the final days of our fundraiser! Every gift will go toward building a new home and a new future for Open Books. Our poem emporium has been around for more than 25 years. And we’d love to be around for 25 more.
Just a block from the Pioneer Square light rail station, and a short jaunt to the waterfront, and neighboring a wonderful coffee shop, this historic, brick storefront with large, street-facing windows offers a warm, inviting space sure to delight old friends and new passersby alike. The wider layout of the store will allow readers to roam between bookcases with ease, and a separate parlor space will enable intimate gatherings of poets for classes, workshops, craft talks, reading groups, submitting parties, individual studio time, and more.
Independent bookstores have struggled during the pandemic, and our store has been no exception. After nearly two years without event sales and with restricted in-store shopping, we are not in a financial position to shoulder the myriad expenses of a move and the outfitting of an entirely new shop. We are calling upon our local community and lovers of literature far and wide to support us in taking this exciting next step.
** Important note: Donations to Open Books are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. **