A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Ballard author and Jeopardy! champ buys Santoro’s Books

April 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Good news for independent book store lovers: Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has been sold to Ballard author and number four all-time Jeopardy! champ Tom Nissley.

Carol Santoro put the bookstore up for sale three months ago, hoping someone would buy it before she had to close when her lease ended on May 31. Nissley and his wife, Laura Silverstein (who owns the popular Glittersweet handbag company) will take over the store in early May and will change the name to Phinney Books. Santoro’s will have a farewell party from 5-7 p.m. on its last day, Saturday, May 3. Phinney Books will open in early June, and also will sell Glittersweet bags and custom book-themed paper goods.

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better buyer or a better outcome for the bookstore,” Santoro said in a press release. “After nine years owning Santoro’s Books and 29 years in the bookselling business, it’s time for me to make a change. I feel completely confident that Tom will take the bookstore in an interesting new direction. He’s extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in the bookselling world – it’s a perfect fit.”

Nissley was an eight-time winner on Jeopardy in 2010 and runner-up in the Tournament of Champions in 2011. He’s back on the show this week as part of the “Battle of the Decades.” Since winning Jeopardy, he quit his job as a book editor at Amazon and is a full-time writer. His newest book is “A Reader’s Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year.”

“We’re living in a digital age, but it’s become clear in the past couple of years that many readers still want to read physical books and want to buy them at local, independent bookstores, which are thriving in Seattle,” Nissley said in the press release. “After recommending books online for 10 years, and then in the pages of my own book, I’m looking forward to putting good books directly in readers’ hands for a change. And I’m excited to be doing so just eight blocks from my house, at a store that Carol has built into a neighborhood institution.”

Carol Santoro is keeping the Santoro’s Books name for her wholesale business that provides books to schools and libraries. That business offers discounts and free shipping within the greater Seattle area. She can still be reached through her current email, carol@santorosbooks.com.

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Santoro’s Books for sale

January 14th, 2014 by Doree

Santoro’s Books at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. is for sale. Owner Carol Santoro tells us the sale is only for the inventory inside the store, plus fixtures and software, but does not include the name. The store’s lease ends on May 31, and she chose not to renew it.

Santoro will continue running her wholesale business providing books to school classrooms and libraries. That business will retain the Santoro’s Books name.

Here’s the official sale advertisement:

For Sale: Santoro’s Books in north Seattle. This nine-year old, 1200 square foot store is located in a supportive neighborhood next to one of our most popular restaurants. We currently sell new books only with very few sidelines. Annual retail sales are about $300,000 to $315,000. The selling price is the wholesale value of the inventory, approximately $35,000 to $40,000. The owner is keeping the store name and the outside, wholesale business. Only the retail side of the business is for sale. For more information contact Carol at 206-784-2113 or carol@santorosbooks.com

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Food author Deborah Madison at Santoro’s Books Tuesday to benefit City Fruit

April 29th, 2013 by Doree

Author Deborah Madison will sign her new book “Vegetable Literacy” from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. The bookstore is donating 15 percent of sales from all books during that time to City Fruit, which uses volunteers to harvest extra fruit from neighborhood trees to donate to food banks and other hunger programs. Guests are encouraged to donate $5 to City Fruit at the event.

Her new book, Vegetable Literacy, has been called her crowning achievement — “a massive well of knowledge that makes you want to read and learn as well as cook.” Madison, who started her career at Chez Panisse and then opened The Greens in San Francisco, will discuss the fascinating relationships between vegetables and herbs within the same botanical families. She will be on hand all evening to sign her cookbooks and chat. Stumbling Goat Bistro is preparing snacks, and there will be wine and hard cider served.

If you can’t make it . . . Santoro’s will donate 15% of all books ordered and prepaid on April 30 (Vegetable Literacy or any other book) to City Fruit. Call or e-mail your order and be sure to mention City Fruit.


Santoro’s 8th annual Holiday Party tonight

December 6th, 2012 by Doree

Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its 8th annual Holiday Party from 6-9 tonight with food, wine, and cookbook author Jess Thomson, who will autograph her new cookbook “Dishing Up Washington.” Nibble on food made from some of the book’s recipes.

Party-goers will receive $5 off any purchase over $25, and a free bag of Chukar Cherries with every purchase over $75.

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Authors, authors everywhere at annual Holiday Book Signing at PNA

November 13th, 2012 by Doree

More than two dozen local authors will sign their books at Saturday’s annual Holiday Book Signing from 3-6 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The event, by Seattle7Writers, showcases 26 local authors. Santoro’s Books will be selling the authors’ books onsite, with a portion of the proceeds from each purchase benefiting TeamReads and the PNA. The authors are even baking up cookies to share, and there will be an author reading every half-hour.

Authors on hand: Jamie Ford, Jim Lynch, Erik Larson, Garth Stein, Erica Bauermeister, Stephanie Kallos, Kevin O’Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Randy Sue Coburn, Laurie Frankel, Bob Dugoni, Sean Beaudoin, Dave Boling, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Boyd Morrison, Bernadette Pajer, Bharti Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Tara Austen Weaver, Kaya McLaren, Clare Meeker, and Peter Mountford.

If you bring a gently-used book to donate to “pocket libraries” at food banks and homeless shelters, you’ll receive a free Seattle7Writers book bag.

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Santoros Books collecting books for children in need

June 7th, 2012 by Doree

Santoros Books is one of 23 independent bookstores around the state that are collecting books for children in need.

The Books for Kids Book Drive is sponsored by Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program and Northwest Book Lovers. From now through Friday, purchase or bring in a new children’s book to donate.

Page Ahead partners with preschools, Head Start programs, elementary schools, libraries, and social service programs to identify children in need and give away books. Page Ahead has given away more than two-million books in the last 20 years.

Santoros Books is at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Santoro’s handing out free books tonight for World Book Night

April 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Santoro’s Books staff and volunteers will be standing in front of the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., starting at 6 p.m. today, handing out free books as part of World Book Night.

Bookstores all over the country are passing out 500,000 specially printed books at hospitals, nursing homes, ballparks, restaurants and elsewhere. Santoros will be passing out several dozen books.

The date of World Book Night was chosen to coincide with Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ birthdays. It started last year in England and Ireland. This is the first year in the U.S. The books were donated by publishers, printers, distributors, and authors.

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‘Reverend America’ author Kris Saknussemm at Naked City Wednesday night

February 21st, 2012 by Doree

Author Kris Saknussemm is celebrating the release of “Reverend America” at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Join Dark Coast Press and Santoro’s Books in celebrating the release of Reverend America by Kris Saknussemm. Come partake in a menagerie of albino preachers, pregnant prostitutes, Southern soul and the surreal glory of true American strangeness!

Interviewer extraordinaire Litsa Dremousis (as featured in Esquire, Huffington Post, and McSweeney’s) will host a live conversation with Kris about Reverend America, his career, the craft of fiction, living in Las Vegas, and his love affair with American music. Kris will read from Reverend and then showcase the release of the original album, Reverend America, featuring Christopher O’Reilly, Eric Wyatt, the late Dennis Hopper, and more. Have some pints and laughs with us!

Santoro’s Books will be selling copies of the book.

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Schools closed, no garbage collection, buses on snow routes on Thursday

January 19th, 2012 by Doree

We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day.

Update 11:14 a.m.: According to KING 5, Gov. Gregoire has declared a state of emergency, 100,000 people are without power across the state, and one man died near Issaquah when he was hit by a falling tree.

Update 11 a.m.: If anyone has driven on neighborhood roads or taken the bus, please put a note in comments and tell us about it. We’re curious to know how well the buses are running.

One man took to his skis to get around the neighborhood (thanks to Lynn for the picture!)

Update Thursday 8:30 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for the Seattle area until 12 p.m. today.

According to the NWS, an ice storm warning means “severe weather conditions are imminent or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged…Ice accumulations will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.”

On traffic cameras, television or from your window, streets may appear bare and wet but they may still be covered with ice. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continues to treat major arterial roads with salt brine and granular salt. Some secondary or neighborhood streets are very slick and changes in conditions between treated and untreated roadways can be very sudden. Four wheel drive is not a solution – vehicles need chains to have traction. Keeping the roads clear of traffic is extremely helpful for emergency vehicles.

Many sidewalks are icy. Pedestrians should use caution while walking and crossing streets. It is the responsibility of property owners to keep their sidewalks clear of ice to protect pedestrian safety. SDOT is dispatching 22 crews to activate the Pedestrian Safety Element of the Winter Response plan to clear and salt pedestrian landings, crossings, and intersections.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and yard waste today as planned, because the roads are too icy.

Weather permitting, garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste service will resume Friday, on a revised schedule — with customers scheduled for pickup today collected Friday, and Friday customers collected Saturday.

If your materials are not picked up this week, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

All Seattle Public Library branches are closed on Thursday.

Woodland Park Zoo is closed again on Thursday.

Many King County offices are closed today, including District and Superior Court, Council offices, the Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Assessments. For a full list of county closures, click here.

Someone created some great snow creatures in front of Santoro’s Books on Wednesday. (Thanks to LS for the pictures!)

Earlier: Wednesday was a very fun snow day of sledding and drinking hot chocolate. Unless, of course, you had to drive somewhere. The roads will likely be very icy on Thursday, so please drive carefully if you must go somewhere.

Here’s what’s on tap for Thursday:

Seattle Publish Schools are closed again.

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up Wednesday’s garbage, recycling and yard waste on Thursday, weather permitting. That means regular Thursday pickups will now happen on Friday, and Friday customers should set their refuse out on Saturday by 7 a.m.

If your materials are not picked up on the revised schedule, please put them out on your next regularly scheduled pickup day. Missed customers will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling and yard waste at no additional charge.

Metro Transit will continue to operate on snow routes, with 27 routes canceled. Other routes may experience significant delays, so check Metro’s Snow & Ice page for updates before you head for the bus.

Greenwood Hardware was all out of sleds on Wednesday, but they’re getting more on Thursday.

We may be out of sleds for today, but we’ve seen a lot of creative solutions: garbage can lids, cardboard+rope+tarp… Send us pictures of your ad-hoc sled-like device and whichever we think is the most creative we’ll hold a sled for you from tomorrow’s truck!

Lexy sent us a photo of the hordes of sledders at Woodland Park on Wednesday.

Next door, at the Woodland Park Zoo, the animals frolicked in the snow.

Photo by Kirsten Pisto, Woodland Park Zoo.

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