Monday, December 28, 2009

Seattle: America's Most Literate City

Seattle, our neighbor to the west, has reclaimed the title of America's "Most Literate City" it was reported in today's Seattle Times newspaper. In an annual survey that has been conducted since 2003 by Central Connecticut State University, the Emerald City has reclaimed the number one spot. Seattle was first in number of bookstores per 10,000 population and fourth in library usage.

It's worth visiting the Seattle Public Library because of its architectural fame alone. If you find yourself in town, make it a point to drop by and explore the structure. Another stop for book lovers is The Elliott Bay Bookstore, (http://www.elliottbaybook.com/) the near legendary independent bookstore, that for decades has been located in the city's southcentral Pioneer Square area. This spring the store will be relocating to a new Capitol Hill location, on 10th Ave. between Pine and Pike. Although the location is new, the building is vintage Seattle; built in 1918 and complete with squeaky wood floors. The new location will have space for a cafe and author's speaking area.

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