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On Jan. 10, 1910, University Book Store began in a closet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Now, 115 years later, the store can boast about being Washington's largest independent bookseller.

As is often the case with age, respect and admiration have followed. The University Book Store is often recognized for its venerable position in the literary Northwest. City Arts magazine noted the store's iconic status in its series on independent bookstores:

"University Book Store looks great for its age. Nearly 115 years old, the flagship University District store predates many of the classics on its shelves. It beat James Joyce's Ulysses by 20 years and L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by a few months.

"For a centenarian shop, however, it feels eternally youthful thanks to a perennially new crop of fresh-faced students crossing paths with the wider community. It is the Grande Dame of Seattle's indie lit scene. It remains impressively current and cool—more Dame Helen Mirren, less Dame Edna."

Read more about it in this week's Campus Marketplace.


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