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April 2012 eNewsletter

"There is no frigate like a book / To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page / Of prancing poetry."
Emily Dickinson

Island Books

Island Books

Poetry is our awkward child. You want to tell everyone that despite appearances, she has immeasurable gifts and grace, but people seem to always squirm, look at their phone, and tell you they have dry cleaning to pick up. These aversions can mostly be traced back to bad childhood experiences or the fact that they have never really even tasted poetry. But with a little effort and perhaps a spoonful of sugar you might find a poem to be your favorite meal, your most supportive friend, and your go-to read for humor, wisdom, and a deeper understanding. You have to trust me on this. If you don’t, consider the fact that two evenings last fall, 2,500 people filled Benaroya Hall for two poetry readings (Wendell Berry and Billy Collins). Listening to that many people swoon and chuckle in unison is something you remember. They didn't come because it was something that was "good for them." They came to enjoy and appreciate one of the oldest and most enduring art forms. Reading poetry can be an everyday before-bed pleasure or a once a year event. We are going to celebrate poetry in April, the official poetry month, with a big contest and by replanting our poetry pole near the front counter, where kids can thumbtack poems on the trunk like leaves. Join us. Don’t miss this. It’s fun, important, stuff.

Roger Page
Owner and Bookseller


National Poetry MonthNational Poetry Month

The Value of Verse

In 1996, the Academy of American Poets decided their favorite form of writing needed at least thirty days of sustained attention every year. We'll do our part by providing this list of recent favorite poetry books, all of which show that the art of versification is alive and well.



Spring ReadingSpring Reading

Books Are Blooming

April brings forth all kinds of greenery, but our favorite crop is always the new books of the season. Check out these gorgeous blossoms!



Seasonal GardensSeasonal Gardens

Guides for Gardeners

Spring (even this spring) is our favorite gardening season in the Northwest. For questions about plants we turn to books--a shelf that mirrors the infinite variety of the pleasures of the garden. Here are a few titles that stand out this spring, chosen personally by Roger, the man in charge.



Spring CookingSpring Cooking

Fresh Food Ideas

The warmer weather means you can discover new flavorful, hearty dishes featuring the fresh ingredients that come with spring. So create some new family favorites and pack your picnic!



Store Journal

Reading-Related Rambles

Catch up on recent posts, including a history of a nearly century-long lineage of bookselling, a Daisey chain of ideas inspired by the latest scandal of journalistic truthiness, an author spotlight on Sophie Hannah, and a rant about celebrity authors.

By the way, did you know you can get our Store Journal by email?



April Fool's Day


April Fool's Day was originally celebrated in the 17th century as a way to ward off evil spirits. Somehow that turned into the April foolishness we see today, which is all in good fun for the most part. Here are some children's books about the funniest holiday of all.



Counter IntelligenceCounter Intelligence

Miriam's April Pick:

The Vanishers

We read a lot, and despite ourselves, we're guilty of playing favorites. For example, this month Miriam's excited about a story of a psychic unraveling the mystery of her mother's life. Here, our booksellers share their April recommendations.

See More Staff Picks


Island Books

3014 78th Ave. SE

MI, WA 98040

(206) 232-6920

Store Hours

Mon-Wed: 9:30 - 7:00

Thurs: 9:30 - 8:00

Fri: 9:30 - 7:00

Sat: 9:30 - 6:00

Sun: 11:00 - 5:00


Island Books

Upcoming Events
Sat, April 7, 6:30pm:  P.J. Story Time with Norm Brecke
Thurs, April 26, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
Sat, May 5, 6:30pm: P.J. Story Time with Ken Hammer
Sun, May 6, 3:30pm: Poetry contest award ceremony

Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, we at Island Books are sponsoring a poetry contest open to all ages. 

See Details

The Bard's Birthday

The Bard's Birthday

April 23rd is the day literature lovers traditionally celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare.


Google eBooks

Google ebooks

Did you know you can download eBooks and read them instantly from our website?


Open Book Club

Open Book Club

Island Books hosts an open book club run by our staff facilitator that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.


20% Off Indie Bestsellers

20% Off

Catch up on the titles dominating the indie bestseller lists, like Jodi Picoult's latest novel, and save 20% when you order online.