Special to The Seattle Times
January 18, 2022
About eight years ago, Phinney Ridge resident Tom Nissley spent a long winter’s night catching up with two old friends who now worked at independent bookstores. Nissley was no stranger to books and bookselling: After graduating from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in English, he worked as an editor for Microsoft and Amazon, eventually founding the online booksellers’ Omnivoracious blog, which hosted author interviews, book reviews and literary news. And he had just published “A Reader’s Book of Days,” a lively reference book cataloging literary anecdotes and trivia for every day of the year.
But that conversation with booksellers inspired something new in Nissley. “At the end of the evening, I said to my wife, ‘I think I’d like to own a bookstore someday.’ I had never said that before in my life,” he explains over the phone. “And then the next morning I got an email that our neighborhood bookstore was up for sale.”
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