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Time to get bookish. (📸: Max Wasserman)


At the fair, Max watched literary enthusiasts geek out over out-of-print and rare books “at a time when internet book sales are threatening other fairs across the country,” he wrote us, and caught up with some of the 88 vendors. One elderly visitor told him she’d found an antique kid’s book she read as a kid.

One of them was local Bill Wolfe, who owns Louis Collins Books in Haller Lake and has helped organize the book fair for six years.

“Just like a museum, booksellers hold onto these cultural artifacts and pass them on to the next generation,” Bill told him. “This is a chance to see 88 little museums.”

This year’s Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair was held in memory of Louis Collins, the namesake of Louis Collins Books and longtime organizer of the fair. Read about his amazing contributions to Seattle’s literary scene here.


There’s a ton of awesome stuff to do around our city every week. We love rounding rad events to help you meet your neighbors, join interesting conversations, decompress from your week, have an excuse to Insta your food pics, and find something fun to do with your fam.

So to help you scan for the kinds of events you most like, we use a little emoji code to sort them out. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of our events, below.

  • 💡: Consider new ideas
  • 💪: Learn a new skill
  • 🗣: Hear from your neighbors
  • 👋: Meet your neighbors
  • 🎈: Take the kids
  • 🎶, 🎟, 🍿, 🎨, 🍴, 🍸, ⚽️, 💃: Enjoy music, live performance, film and TV, art, food, drink, sports, and dance, respectively

Think there’s something that needs its own special category? Hit reply to let us know.

Now let’s help you make some plans…

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🍴  Try new dinner spots without breaking the bank during Seattle Restaurant Week — through Nov. 8 (All over)
💡  Learn how democracy can thrive (and suffer) with tech (Capitol Hill)
🎶  Hear Garfield High’s amazing jazz band and more at the Earshot Jazz Festival — through Nov. 4 (Central District, All over)
💡  Put your outdoorsy smarts to the test at a Pacific Northwest-themed trivia night (South Lake Union)

🍿  See horror movies that were produced in just two days — through Oct. 31 (Queen Anne and Columbia City)
🎶  Experience a symphony mashup of David Bowie tunes and Wes Anderson flicks (Downtown)

🎶  Sing along to a musical theatre tribute to Gloria Estefan — through Oct. 28 (Downtown)
💪  Learn how you can support racial equity at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)

🍿  Check out movies by young filmmakers — through Sunday (Around town)
🎟  Get the chills at an evening of improvised ghost stories (Downtown)
🎨  Peer into the “dark, mystical recesses of the human psyche” at this artsy tour (First Hill)
👋  Nibble on snacks and meet fellow entrepreneurs (Pioneer Square)
💪  Boost your creativity at this Evergrey partner event (Downtown)

🎃  Dress up and dance it out at a Bollywood Halloween party (Columbia City)
🗣  Learn all about eco-friendly buildings around Seattle — through Saturday (University District)
🍷  Don your best zombie costume and sip Washington wines (Kirkland)
🎟  Support local journalism at The Seattle Globalist’s Globie Awards (Georgetown)
👋  Talk with your neighbors about how we can solve homelessness at this Evergrey partner event — through Saturday (Pioneer Square)

🎈  Take your costumed little ones out for games and early trick-or-treating at Hilloween (Capitol Hill)
🎟  See “nightmarish aerial acts” at this circus — through Sunday (SoDo)
🎟  Ready your goggles and airships for murder mysteries at this Steampunk gathering — through Sunday (Downtown)
🎃  Level up your costume game for a $1,000 prize at this massive Halloween bash (Queen Anne)
👋  Watch your zombified neighbors dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (Pioneer Square)

🎟  Let out your inner mycology nerd at the Wild Mushroom Show (Downtown)
🎃  Put a doggone cute costume on your pup and enter ‘em in a contest (Ballard)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.


☮️  Wednesday: Check in with yourself and your business around racial equity at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

📚  Thursday: Learn how to rekindle your curiosity and creativity from an author who’s not f*cking around (Downtown)

🌃  Friday – Saturday: Get involved in a community conversation to talk about solutions for housing our neighbors living homeless (Pioneer Square)

👂  Wednesday Oct. 31: Learn how to be a better, more effective listener at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)

🍵  Thursday Nov. 1: Taste teas and learn their history with a pro from Miro Teas at this Foundation event (Ballard)

🥘  Saturday Nov. 3: Learn how to whip up chicken mole with La Cocina School to support El Centro de la Raza with Foundation (Beacon Hill) 🆕


Quick reminder! The deadline for these two jobs on our WhereBy.Us storytelling team is this Friday, Oct. 26. We’re hiring a social producer to help us up our social meme skills, and a senior producer to help us have even more fun with our newsletters. Know someone great? We’d love to hear from you.

Make it a great week, Seattle. — The Evergrey

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