This is the non-fiction section sign at Phinney Books.
  • Tom Nissley
  • This is the non-fiction section sign at Phinney Books.

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The Phinney/Greenwood neighborhoods lost a great local bookshop when Santoro's Books closed earlier this month. But tomorrow, the bookstore formerly known as Santoro's is going to re-open under new management as Phinney Books, and they're celebrating with a big grand reopening party from 10 am to 8 pm.

The new owners are Jeopardy! champion Tom Nissley and his wife, Glittersweet Studio founder Laura Silverstein. They'll be around to greet their new customers with refreshments and a 10% discount on everything in the store. In addition, there will be story times for kids (at 10:30, noon, 2, and 3 pm) and story times for grownups from local writers including Maria Semple, George Meyer, Claire Dederer, and Josh Feit. You could also probably score a signed copy of Nissley's entertaining book-about-books, A Reader's Book of Days, which describes interesting literary events that happened on every single day of the year, including author birthdays and death days. "We don't have a sign yet," Nissley writes, "but we do have books, Glittersweet handbags, an Interurban streetcar bookcase, and a Ferris wheel on the wall."

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I haven't been to Phinney Books yet, but I can already tell you that my favorite bookstore feature will probably be the signs over the fiction and non-fiction sections, which you can see at the top and bottom of this post. I can't wait to meet those signs in person.

This is the fiction section sign at Phinney Books.
  • Tom Nissley
  • This is the fiction section sign at Phinney Books.

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