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Monday, November 11, 2013

Twice Sold Tales is Open in Ballard

Posted by on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

A small haul.
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  • A small haul.
I mentioned the new incarnation of used bookstore Twice Sold Tales in a weekend Suggest for the new Ballard Bauhaus yesterday, and I also went to check it out myself because the openness of Twice Sold Tales was just a promise when I last checked in a few weeks ago. But there it was! On the corner of NW Market Street and 20th Avenue NW, Bahaus's huge shiny windows, already crammed with smiling, Ballardy faces (and laptops and coffees), draw you in. Through the back of the cafe, you can enter the bookstore through a door that functions like a bookish portal.

The shop is small, sweet, and used-bookstore-smelling, the shelves a little bare still, not yet all the way packed with their smartly curated collection. I went in looking for three things: One, a new book that I'd be excited to read right away, the kind of thing I'd have to start immediately on the way home. Two, a used copy of Ender's Game, which I wanted to give to a friend without giving hateful homophobe Orson Scott Card any money. And three, on a whim, a book of B. Kliban cartoons to show the friend I was with, who'd never seen any Kliban before.

Check! Check! Check! All three were discovered within 10 minutes. The first ended up being Wallace Stegner's biographical novel Joe Hill, which has a great cover, starts out in Seattle (who knew?), and would seem to be a perfect read for the current political climate around here. I started reading it on the way home and couldn't get over Hill's will, a poem he wrote in prison on the eve of his execution that opens the book. ("My will is easy to decide/As there is nothing to divide...")

The second was snagged easily, on a big wall of science fictiony stuff that was being perused by exactly the sort of wonderful nerds who should be standing there. Five bucks and none of it going to a homophobe. Score! And then Kliban's Whack Your Porcupine was right nearby, on a shelf of comics, and I couldn't stop holding up the weirdest panels and reading the captions out loud, hoping nobody got offended by all the tits. (There were a lot of tits in it.) I didn't end up buying it because the Kliban stuff that I love best is really in his two other volumes.

But damn! Three for three! It's so nice to see another great used bookstore be awesome. This is the kind of transaction that is so wholesome and friendly and neighborhood-supporting, it hardly even feels like capitalism. The cafe + bookstore combo seems to be trucking along just fine for now, busy as shit. Check it out yourself sometime soon.


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Cato the Younger Younger 8
Is Ballard becoming the new Capitol Hill since the Hill has become "Bellevueized"?
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 12, 2013 at 2:58 AM · Report this
once, during a desperate, starving student phase, I sold my collection of kliban's books, including WYP, to twice sold tales. fents!
Posted by gracey on November 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM · Report this
long-time reader 6
Buying a used copy means one less used copy on the market, means somewhere somebody who might've bought a used one bought a new one instead.

Next time, just steal it.
Posted by long-time reader on November 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM · Report this
TVDinner 5
Anna, is your edition of Joe Hill the one with his post-mortem photo on the cover?

Helluva read. It doesn't get any better than Stegner. If you have not yet read Angle of Repose get thee back to the bookstore stat.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on November 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM · Report this
MrBaker 4
Passed the door while going to my doctors, hoping it would open soon.
Posted by MrBaker on November 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Oh, so you'll READ a "hateful homophobe" just not BUY from one. Wow, what a noble sacrifice by a hipster cunt. Will Ansel be doing a feature on this bravery?
Posted by TheNobleHipster on November 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Hooray, hooray, hooray - three cheers for independent book stores!
Posted by Book Love on November 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM · Report this
levide 1
Kliban rocks. Too bad he's going to be mostly remembered for the "Cats" stuff.
Posted by levide on November 11, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this

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