In anticipation of Independent Bookstore Day, the Stranger checked in with a few of Seattle's indies "and put their staff members on the spot: What's the craziest thing that's happened in their store?"
|John Irving and Hulk Hogan with Third Place Books event manager Wendy Ceballos.|
Among the booksellers highlighted were Elliott Bay Book Company (" 'three of the most self-obsessed, self-referential writers on the planet' converged in one place"); University Book Store ("the woman who camped outside overnight wearing a panda suit while waiting to meet Hillary Clinton"); Third Place Books ("booking John Irving and Hulk Hogan on the same night"); Seattle Mystery Bookshop ("We do have a ghost."); Eagle Harbor Book Co. ("booksellers do seem to have a psychic connection to their customers"); Phinney Books ("Not many people know this, but I dated Shel Silverstein from 1972 to 1975, when he lived at the Playboy Mansion."); and Secret Garden Books ("Stephenie [Meyer], the bricks aren't making any sound.").