Hello, my friends! If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that Queen Anne Book Company has a very special nook in my heart. In March, the store will be celebrating its 10th year since becoming QABC under the purview of the current owners (the bookstore itself has been around for about two decades in the same location). My very first book deal (Little Kunoichi!) came about because of this wonderful store — I wrote about it here (I go on and on about my thoughts on criticisms for a while, but the summary of the book deal inception is towards the end).
To commemorate this momentous 10-year-anniversary, the lovely staff printed up limited edition posters and postcards and guess who painted that illustration? Yep, yours truly, and I’m so honored! A former QABC bookseller commissioned me to paint the illustration back in 2016. The bookseller was retiring and wanted to gift the bookshop something unique. At the time I was still rather new at the whole watercoloring thing, and I was so nervous to take on the project! They also printed personalized notepads and Blackwing pencils for the occasion. I love Blackwing pencils. Naturally, the generous folks at Queen Anne Book Company gave me my own set of a poster, postcards, notepad and pencil.
The display at Queen Anne Book Company
So awesome. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, please stop by this delightful haven for bibliophiles. The booksellers are warm and knowledgeable and always at the ready with spot-on recommendations. For me, it has always been and continues to be a magical place. My Hogwarts, if you will. And here’s a fun fact: my friend Wendee — one of the amazing booksellers — modeled for my book Sewing Love. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s also brilliant and fun and super stylish and I aspire to be like her one day.
Photos of Wendee by Manuela Insixiengmay | Styling by Rachel Grunig | Hair and Makeup by Kaija Towner
Cheers to many more decades of Queen Anne Book Company goodness!
4 thoughts on “Queen Anne Book Company: A bibliophile’s haven”
I think often about your post about criticism and that first publishing deal—it resonated so strongly with me as a super sensitive artistic type. Actually, there are a number of posts that seem to have taken up permanent residence in my head, your blogging voice is one I really enjoy, every bit as much as I’ve enjoyed all of your books.
I’m so appreciative, Julie. Thank you for this touching comment!
There’s nothing like shopping locally and building those connections. It was serendipity which helped launch your books and encouraged your budding creative practice. We’re so lucky that you’re sharing your talents!
Yes to supporting local businesses, especially independent bookstores! Thank you for your sweet words, Tammy. I marvel every day that I get to live this life. 🙂