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Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

Lorraine Read, owner of Uppercase Books in Snohomish

  • People sometimes tell Lorraine Read, owner of Uppercase Books in Snohomish, that she must have been destined to own a bookstore.

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    People sometimes tell Lorraine Read, owner of Uppercase Books in Snohomish, that she must have been destined to own a bookstore.

Q: How did your name direct your career path?
Actually, I have another career also, but it was serendipity that I bought this store and my name was part of that serendipity.
I had been thinking about doing something different in my career and I told a friend, I just want to make coffee and work in a bookstore. Then I learned the bookstore was for sale and I learned it was more achievable than I thought, and so, then, since my last name is Read, I guessed it was meant to be and it was serendipity.
I bought the bookstore in December 2006. Read is my married name and the name of my ex-husband but also the name of my kids.
Q: Would you change your name if you could, and why or why not?
No. Not right now because of my kids and because of the bookstore.
Q: If you could choose another career, what would it be?
Funny, I sort of glanced at that question (in the paper) and since I already had two careers I couldn't imagine having another one. But I actually really love what I do in both of my jobs. Sometimes I wish I would not have to work quite so hard.
My other job is I'm an environmental statistician. I'm self-employed in that career, too, and work as a private consultant and work out of my house. The job involves lots of data analysis. It's very analytical and mathematical. My specialty is contaminated sediments, but I also deal in fish populations, landslides and seabirds and amphibians, so there's quite a breadth to my job, lots of diversity, and I make my own hours.
Q: How do you know when someone has picked up on the fact that your name is an aptonym?
Their face sort of lights up and they sort of smile and nod. It's a facial thing. And then they might say something when I have to explain how to spell it because people want to spell it in many other ways. Like Reed or Reid are very common. And I say, “No, it's Read, like read a book.” Then they might say, “I suppose you were destined to own a bookstore,” and I say, “Yes, I was.”
Q: How do people react to the combination of your name and job? Do they get it? Any funny stories as a result?
I wanted to name the bookstore “Read Books” if it hadn't already had a name.
Story tags » SnohomishPeople

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