Well, readers, I’m on vacation this week, which means, among other things, visiting bookstores I’ve never visited before. My fellow travelers generally allow me one per city. In Seattle, it was the landmark Elliott Bay Book Company, of course, where I purchased a copy of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Then we took a ferry out to Bainbridge

Seattle, one of America's Most Literate Cities has been hard hit on the literary front of late. Yes, the home of, Sherman Alexie, and once home to Thomas Pynchon (he worked at Boeing for awhile), is not doing well very much at all.

First off, the Seattle Public Library system. Due to budget