Historical Fiction as a Mirror to the Present: Elise Hooper’s Fast Girls

 

You may have noticed that over the past year you have heard the name Elise Hooper on this blog or in the store. There’s a reason for that.

Elise Hooper is a writer living in West Seattle whose book The Other Alcott was championed by our booksellers. As we worked with Elise on events, we realized that we also wanted to champion her as a person. She is funny, kind, and always game to support and promote local bookstores. On a personal note, Elise was one of the first authors I interviewed over 2019 for her previous release Learning to See. Her kindness and openness allowed me to ask to edit part of her newest release Fast Girls for my editing certificate. She also has joined our knitting book club when she is able and has been a great friend of the store... continued.

July 2020 eNewsletter

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
— Maya Angelou

July is usually the month that we jump out of our winter hibernation and go into full summer mode. We prep for vacation reads and ramp up our in-store projects. From pulls to refreshing stock, July is

We start with the Women Writers Panel on the 16th, featuring Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Longo, and Justina Chen. Elise Hooper will be moderating and participating as well. We are so excited to bring these fantastic collection of local and far flung authors to chat about women and Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) authors in the publishing industry. Register to virtually attend this event here. 
 
The following week we will be hosting a series with Women Business Writers. This virtual event on the 21st of June will feature Mikaela Kiner, Tiffany Dufu, and Rebekah Bastian, each inspiring entrepreneurs and authors in their own right. They will be chatting about how their businesses have been shifting due the pandemic and the need for women of all backgrounds to support and push each other now more than ever. Register to participate and attend this virtual event here.
 
You will see Elise Hooper again at a date TBD for an outdoor signing. Elise will be by the bookstore to sign books outside. Afterwards, she will join an online call with author Tracy Reeves of Amy Snow to talk about her new book Fast Girls and writing historical fiction. We are excited to host her for this masked and socially distanced event! You can register for the virtual part of this event here.
 
Last but not least, we will be hosting local author Karlos Dillard on the 28th for a talk on the first installment of his three-part memoir, Ward of the State. Karlos will be discussing his childhood in the foster care system, reflecting on writing the book, and address the Black Lives Matter movement in conjunction with his writing. You can register for his virtual event here.

We will also have our usual slew of book clubs: Open Book Club and Knitting Book Club. But we are also adding the All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship to our repertoire as a series on July 20th and 27th at 6:00pm. We are reading So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo. Register to participate here. There are other organizations on the Island hosting this book club if our dates and times do not work for you.

We are disappointed that we cannot hold our events in the store and physically bear witness to our community, but we encourage you to stay engaged virtually and to come in and browse if you can! We miss you all and hope you keep calling us, emailing us, and interacting with us on social media if you can't come in to say a masked hello!

Be well, stay safe, and wash your hands,
The Island Books Team
 

The Pandemic, Racial Justice Books, and Independent Bookstores

So our doors are open. We can better serve the public. You can buy what is on our shelves directly, instead of through Instagram or our website. That is fantastic! But, your books are still taking weeks if not months to get here. We aren’t able to give you the same two-day service as before. The insecurity of shipping during the pandemic, which is ongoing, remains. Here’s some insight into why books are still taking forever to get to you... continued.

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