Collectively Owned and Operated by its Workers Since 1973
Left Bank Books Collective is a collectively owned and operated, community-based, not-for-profit project founded in 1973 in Seattle, WA's historic Pike Place Market. The collective is composed of several semi-independent projects, operating with a small paid staff and the aid of numerous volunteers who generously donate their time and skills. We operate a retail store and sponsor and accept donations for a free book service for people in prison in the United States: the Books to Prisoners Project.
The bookstore carries over 10,000 new and used books, and has close to 70 sections. We specialize in anti-authoritarian, anarchist, independent, radical and small-press titles. Our interests span the literary & scholarly spectrums. Our stock reflects the diversity in perspective of all the individuals involved in our book project. We feature various sections such as anarchism, fiction, feminist studies, immigration studies, race & culture studies, "dis"ability & Deafness, poetry, graphic novels, parenting, labor history, science fiction, sexuality, environmentalism, native studies and much more.