This weekend, Seattle independent bookstore Queen Anne Book Company celebrated its second birthday. The store was festooned with traditional Dutch birthday streamers as a nod to the heritage of owner Krijn de Jonge, and customers enjoyed homemade honey cake baked by his wife, owner Judy de Jonge. Owner Janis Segress and the staff organized a special gift for customers– for every book purchased during the birtday celebrations, guests were encouraged to choose two free books from tables of advance reader copies from publishers. This has become a store birthday tradition. The gift of ARCs will continue through Tuesday.
Booklovers and long-time literacy supporters visited. Seattle publisher Sasquatch Books even hand-delivered a birthday card. Customers chimed in on facebook with birthday wishes from around the corner and around the country.