For years, I have heard that Seattle and Portland are wonderful book towns --- and the past 10 days have confirmed this for me. I spent last Friday touring downtown Seattle, where I was lucky enough to experience Elliott Bay Books in its location in the Pioneer Square neighborhood before they begin their move next week to Capitol Hill, where they will reopen by April 14th. I loved the atmosphere in the store, which really had a “if these walls could talk” kind of feel to it. The creaking steps, the bookshelves that held well-culled selections, and the board where author appearances were announced all told such a rich bookish story. The café there has a fabulous menu, and I learned that, although the store is moving, the café will remain there as well as in a new location at the new store.