A Message from Island Books

To the Island Books community —

We are truly grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support our community has always shown to Island Books but especially over the last few weeks. Your support of Island Books not only supports a Mercer Island institution but also supports 6 employees and provides health insurance for some of those employees (which is obviously important in these times).

We live in scary and uncertain times. Nobody knows what the next few weeks and months will bring. Our thoughts are with our most vulnerable family members, customers, supporters, and residents. It appears that the COVID-19 crisis will not only bring a health crisis to our community, but it may also bring an unprecedented economic crisis as well.

Island Books not only needs your support to survive but we also need a strong small business ecosystem around us as well. So, in addition to supporting Island Books, we humbly ask that you support the businesses in our Town Center and on the south end shopping center. Yes, you might pay a little more than you would online or with a national chain but we ask that you view that extra cost as an investment in your community. We guarantee that the national chains and online retailers will still be there once this crisis has passed (and it’s important to keep in mind that it will pass) – we promise. Without your support, small businesses may not be there in the future.

We want to guarantee that our island has a thriving small business community once this has passed because it makes Mercer Island a better place to live. These businesses also employ people who are part of our local economy (and also spend money at other small businesses like Island Books). So we suggest the following:

March 2020 eNewsletter

"March is the month of expectation..."

—Emily Dickinson

island-books-march-newsletter-open-for-business-shop-localWelcome to March... and man does March Madness now have a whole new meaning!

This is usually the time of year I write about basketball because it's my favorite sports season. John Feinstein has a new book out called The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of College Basketball. It's on my nightstand, but I haven't touched it yet. I've been too busy looking at Facebook, keeping myself updated on the Coronavirus and how it's impacting our community. Events are being cancelled left and right, people are hesitant to go into public spaces, and many companies and schools have people working remotely. We are afraid and unsettled. It is difficult for us to practice social distancing at the bookstore, as it is our job to present and interact with our community.

That being said, our doors are open as a place of refuge if you need a quiet spot to read and regroup. We are wiping down our surfaces and door knobs every day. In fact, we have a few events still happening this month, including a visit and talk with Mary McCann and Bob Sundstrom from NPR's BirdNote next week Cancelled. Poet Rebecca Bridge will be joining us to read from and celebrate the release of her poetry collection Cancelled. We have three local middle grade authors in conversation, Jody Little, Gabrielle Byrne, and Kristin Thorsness, to celebrate Jody Little's newest book Worse Than WeirdCancelled. Jake Finifrock from Tru Adventure Travel will be talking to our community about learning languages quickly Cancelled. Our book clubs will be meeting as scheduled (Daytime Open Book Club on Monday the 16th is cancelled), as will our monthly Wine + Poetry series at Barrels Rescheduled to July 28th. Please check our website for updates if things change.

independent-bookstore-day-2020-island-books-seattleWe are also gearing up for Independent Bookstore Day on April 25th! We are taking orders (due on Monday!) for t-shirts and totes with the new independent bookstore day design. Take a look at it here. Email or call us with your size and we will put you on the list!

If you want books and cannot make it in, please give us a call or visit our website. We will deliver anywhere on Mercer Island at no extra charge (shipping books to anywhere in America is free too). You can call us at 206-232-6920 or send us an email at info@mercerislandbooks.com. We will help you out as best we can.

Keep calm, wash your hands, and read a book.

Laurie Raisys

P. S.
Happy birthday to Vaiva and Victor! Vaiva is Sweet Sixteen, and it's just another year for Victor ;).

Lists of Books To Be Read

imageLori and I were recently talking about our struggle to keep track of books and series we are interested in starting. Neither of us keep actual lists of things to read, we just mention things to each other and borrow books from coworkers when they have copies. Most booksellers will say that their To Be Read (TBR) lists are their bookshelves, piled high and deep with advanced copies and passed around paperbacks. Lori and I are no different, but if we don’t have physical or digital copies of the books, it is difficult to keep track of what books we saw and felt like we had to read next – maybe once it comes out in paperback.


Book Journaling into 2020

imageAs we head full-on into 2020, and upon request from our readers, Lori and Kelleen are sharing reflections on their reading journeys in 2019 and intentions for 2020. A few questions posted by Modern Mrs. Darcy got them thinking about how they want to enter the new reading year. Modern Mrs. Darcy is Anne Bogel, author of Reading People, I’d Rather Be Reading and the forthcoming Don’t Overthink It. She is the host of the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book and runs a reading challenge every year. In getting ready for 2020 reading, she posed two questions for reflection:

What worked for me this year?

What didn’t work for me this year?



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