Like a top-heavy tower of books, Seattle tumbled from its ranking as "America's Most Literate City" this year.
The new winner: Minneapolis, ending Seattle's two-year reign on top.
The Emerald City only slipped to second place, but some of the local literati took it hard.
"I don't believe it," said Tracy Taylor, general manager for Elliott Bay Book Co. in Pioneer Square, which was bursting with post-Christmas customers Thursday. "And we're not even having a sale," Taylor noted.
But the statistics don't lie — even though they also don't capture all the nuances of what makes one city more literate than another, said Mark McLaughlin, spokesman for Central Connecticut State University, which compiles the annual list.
"We can only provide a kind of macro look."
The rankings, originated and authored by CCSU's president John W. Miller, compare the country's 69 biggest cities in terms of libraries, bookstores, educational levels, newspaper readership, locally published magazines and Internet resources....