I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something
very magical can happen when you read a good book. —J.K. Rowling
Last night I read a love story. It takes place in a bookstore named "Island Books" and features a curmudgeonly bookseller, his precocious daughter, lots of plot twists, and a warmhearted community.
There are enough obvious similarities to make me worry (especially since the bookseller dies in the end) but remember, I have resolved to look on the bright side. And the bright side is that the author, Gabrielle Zevin, has captured the way that bookstores are magnets for those of us who cherish stories. And how stories collected and shared over time make a life and a community. Gabrielle will be stopping by our "Island Books" on April 7th at 10am for a brief signing and chat. If you love bookstores, you should stop by and pick up a copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I'll have coffee and pastries and a bemused look on my face. It will be just one of those spring moments of warmth and serendipity that we need to look out for.
Looking forward to seeing you,
Owner and Bookseller
Tues, April 1, 7pm: Suzanne Griffin, author of Lessons of Love in Afghanistan
Sat, April 5, 6:30pm: PJ Storytime with Nancy Stewart and special guest Sharanya Sarathy, author of Pool House Sloths
Sun, April 13, 4:00pm: Peg Kehret and Brett Konen, authors of Two Voices
Thurs, April 24, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
We're celebrating with these newer poetry collections.
Island Books hosts an open book club 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.
We always offer a 20% discount on the top ten bestsellers in non-fiction and fiction for the week, as reported by independent booksellers across the country.
|Island Books | 3014 78th Ave. SE | Mercer Island | WA | USA | 98040|