Bookstore Geek: Orca Books

By Midge Raymond,

  Filed under: On Publishing, On Reading, On Writing

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.


  Comments: 2

  1. Aren’t bookstore cats the best? Henry is the cutest bookstore cat EVER. He wandered around during the reading to say hello to everyone, then took a nap, then afterward he was racing through the store like a maniac — it was really cute; I think he enjoyed all the activity. And I love how he makes himself at home right on the counter!

  2. Sean Truman Farley

    I love cats, as you know. A bookstore cat must be amazing. It reminds me of the Escondido Library, where they’ve had at least two that I can remember in all these years. They were always the best cats.