Wessel and Lieberman bookstore - interior

Wessel & Lieberman bookstore in Seattle closing

Another bookstore succumbs to the disease that seems afflict all bookstores and publishers of late: the Seattle bookstore Wessel & Lieberman has just announced that after more than twenty years of activity, it will close its doors soon. It will still maintain its regular hours in June, and probably July, but the owners Mark Wessel and Michael Lieberman are looking for a buyer for the bulk of their inventory.

Wessel and Lieberman bookstore - interior

Wessel & Lieberman opened in 1992 in the historic Pioneer Square, and has been a staple ever since. Known for its varied and eclectic stock, they sold new, used, and rare books. One could lose track of time easily wondering around this impressive store and browsing through treasures that included first editions and exquisite letterpress books.


  1. Howard Greaves

    Is the reason for the closing known?

    Could it be rising rent or the destructive force of Amazon and others of that ilk?

    It is interesting to note that the French government, well aware of the cultural service that bookstores provide, has, I believe, instituted a protection policy.

    As Amazon etc have decimated the high streets with their opportunities for socialization, one wonders how we are really better off… beyond paying less for faster delivery.

  2. Ralph Stanton

    A great loss. This was one of the best bookstores ever.

  3. Robert Reid

    . . . and I haven’t even got to visit their store yet . . . saying to myself, “I must get to Seattle sometime and visit Wessel & Lieberman.” It’s not fair.

  4. Places like this define a city. I hope that they will continue, in some other venue perhaps, to give us a good name!

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