In my ongoing coverage of fabulous indie bookstores, I recently had the privilege of not only shopping but reading, with Wendy Call, at Orca Books in Olympia, Washington — and what a wonderful evening it was.
Orca Books has all the ingredients that make a Fabulous Indie Bookstore: a warm and helpful staff, a great collection of new and used books, a delightful array of gifts, a sweet orange bookstore cat named Henry, and a wonderful location in downtown Olympia near cafes, bars, and restaurants.
On a recent rainy Friday night, Wendy and I launched our joint book tour at Orca, and it was the perfect place to begin. We were so warmly welcomed and introduced, and we were thrilled to have a smart, lively crowd that made for a great discussion after our readings.
If you’re in the Northwest, do find your way to Olympia — this is a bookstore well worth seeking out. Be sure to leave plenty of time — an hour or two, at least — and while you’re there, give Henry a scritch under the chin for me.