Edmonds Bookshop named a finalist for Publishers Weekly Bookstore of Year

Edmonds Bookshop – January 2023. (File photo by Byron Wilkes)

The Edmonds Bookshop has been named as one of five finalists for the 2023 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year.

According to an announcement on the Publishers Weekly website, all of the finalists for the 31st annual Bookstore of the Year Award have been nominated “because of the positive roles they continue to play in their communities by bringing writers and readers together.”

The bookstore finalists are:

  • The Edmonds Bookshop (Edmonds)
  • Harvey’s Tales (Geneva, Illinois)
  • Interabang Books (Dallas, Texas)
  • Main Street Books (Lafayette, Indiana)
  • Midtown Scholar (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

“It is such a surprise and an honor to be nominated and in the company of such great bookshops across the country,” Edmonds Bookshop owner Michelle Bear said.

All finalists will be featured in the May 15 edition of Publishers Weekly. The winners will be announced May 22 as part of the U.S. Book Show, sponsored by Publishers Weekly, which runs from May 22-25.

Founded in 1972, the Edmonds Bookshop celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Read more in our previous article here.



  1. Wow! Congratulations to our wonderful bookshop! We are so lucky to have such a great bookstore here!

  2. How wonderful that the bookshop is nationally recognized. Now the country knows the gem we have in Edmonds. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful bookshop in our town. What an honor for it to make this finalist list.

  4. Amazing but unexpected news. Well deserved. Good job Michelle and prior owners, Mary Kay and David. Sue too!

  5. AWESOME!!!!!!! You deserve it. I love that you are so involved in the community and support so many programs, such as the students at Scriber Lake. Good luck in winning the award, but just being nominated is a real honor!!!!!!

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