A glass case protects D.C. Wilde's Love Poems to a Vampire , a $900 compilation of wooden tablets that fit into a squirrel-sized casket. By

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Best Bookshop for Book Nerds

A glass case protects D.C. Wilde's Love Poems to a Vampire, a $900 compilation of wooden tablets that fit into a squirrel-sized casket. By the cash register is a box of ephemera from the collection of Denise Levertov, filled with entreaties by now-famous poets asking the University of Washington instructor to critique their work. Upstairs is devoted to handmade artists' books, such as local artist Jenny Craig's Misremembered Deities: A Guide to the Small Gods of Urban Life, which introduces us to "Pha, Lord of Flatulent Pet Odor." These are some of the less amazing treasures the owners of Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers have amassed in their 16 years in business. Whether it be books about books or a rare edition of paper samples from paper freak Claudia Cohen, this place is guaranteed to drive bibliophiles into debt.—John Metcalfe 208 First Ave. S., 682-3545, www.wlbooks.com.

 
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