O, Say Can You See . . .

This is a great month for celebrating, with Canada Day at the beginning and Vanuatuan Independence Day at the end. In between, of course, there's the Fourth of July and Bastille Day and the arrival of real summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest. 

While you're out enjoying the long sunny days, don't forget to tuck a book into your pocket or purse (or just carry one electronically on your phone). The laziest of days is well spent reading.

June Is Bustin' Out All Over

A crowd of doubtin' Thomases was predictin' that the summer'd never come, but it's comin', by gum, we can feel it come. Or so say Rodgers and Hammerstein, and they're hardly ever wrong.

We're kicking off June with a pair of visits from old friends of the store. Author Aida Kouyoumjian will be here on the first, and musicians MaryLee and Nancy will be joining us on the second. Dori Jones Yang shares her new novel with us in person in the middle of the month, and Charles Neff will bring a jazz combo with him the following week to celebrate the publication of his latest thiller. Before June ends, we'll also host our first Open Book Club meeting of the summer to discuss Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes.

We have plenty more reading to carry you through the month, too. Browse our June eNewsletter for graduation gifts, summer reads, staff picks, and info on our Ticket to Read program.

Now Is the Month of Maying

Maybe you're looking for a reason to pay Island Books a visit. If so, Jim Lynch's appearance on May 16th gives you an awfully good excuse. He's touring in support of his new novel, Truth Like the Sun, which paints a dual portrait of Seattle, showing it as it was in the 1960s and as it is in our current century. Lynch is a Mercer Island product and a gem among Northwest writers, and this latest book may be his finest yet. 

Give these other a-May-zing books a try, too.


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