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April 2016 eNewsletter

"No one ever shouts in a bookstore."
—Lillian Jackson Braun
April is a special month for me because the 14th will be my first anniversary of working at Island Books. I started in the back room and it's hard to believe how much I've learned over the past year. Time flies when you're having fun. 

I love how Island Books brings people 
together in different ways. Whether it's discussing the merits of a book, choosing wrapping paper, recommending gifts, or sharing traffic tips, the people who come inside all seem to find common ground. In April, there will be plenty of opportunities to make new friends when you come through our door.

One of the best ways we connect people is at our book club. Our monthly regulars get better and better at unpacking the meaning of a book. Maybe it's something about sitting amidst shelves and shelves of books, but the last few meetings have conjured up some powerful discussions about The GoldfinchRoom, and The Human Age. When you get people together who don't necessarily travel in the same social circles, you get a wide range of perspectives on a book and the larger subjects surrounding it.

For our April book club, we'll be reading The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud 
(read our original blog post about the book here). This story about a woman who becomes obsessed with another couple stirred a fascinating debate about whether female characters have to be likeable. Considering today's political climate, this promises to be an interesting discussion beyond the subject matter of the book. 

Another way we bring people together over books is through our new cookbook book club. To get a sense of how great an event it is, go to our blog to read more about it, browse pictures of last month's tantalizing dishes, and try out the Sticky Toffee Chicken Wings recipe from March's featured Short Stack Cookbooks. The whole night was such delicious fun.

One of the best events we host all year happens at the end of the month. April 30th brings Independent Bookstore Day, a lollapalooza we've been looking forward to all year. There will be special one-day-only merchandise, prizes, free food, typewriting on our typewriters, author visits, and more. This is a holiday we're passionate about because it reminds everyone that we're more than just a store. We're a community center and local anchor run by passionate readers, just like other independent bookstores around the country.

Have a good time this April soaking up this promising change in weather. In honor of that recent local-gone-viral story about the man who climbed a huge tree downtown, find a tree full of cherry blossoms, hoist yourself up on a branch, and crack open a book.

Laurie Raisys
Spring Reading in the Children's Section

We're known for our children's section, replete with story times, playhouse, gifts, and curated books for kids of all ages. As spring arrives, we're particularly excited to share some of the latest and greatest new arrivals. Click on the links below to view more good staff picks by category.

Picture Books | Younger Readers |
Middle Readers | Teens
Destination of the Month: France

April in Paris, right? What could be better? We're even hosting a party on April 21st in honor of that very idea--wine, cheese, an author visit, French books and gifts, and a portion of all proceeds to benefit the Mercer Island Sister City Association scholarship fund. Until then, peruse this inspiring selection of favorite guidebooks, histories, travelogues, art books, and works of fiction either from or about our Destination of the Month. Vive la France!

Independent Bookstore Day

The main event on our calendar is back and it's better than ever. Independent Bookstore Day 2016 is being celebrated all across the country, and Island Books is one of dozens of participating stores in the region. We're all taking part in the larger cause, but we're also celebrating it in our own way, too, because, you know ... we're independent.

Counter Intelligence: Lillian's April Pick

Middle-grade readers are sure to love Lillian's April staff pick, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. 

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?

Heartwarming and full of action, The Wild Robotraises thought-provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles
In March, we explored books that shed insight on the Supreme Court, celebrated our local libraries, and injected the retail gift-giving economy with another day of giving, Cindy's invented holiday, "Palentine's Day."
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Upcoming Events

Sat, April 2, 6:30pm: 
PJ Story Time with Meg Lippert and Nancy Stewart

Wed, April 6, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, April 10, 4:00pm: 
Steve Olson, author of Eruption

Wed, April 13, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner with Mark Holtzen

Tues, April 19, 7:00pm:
Jeff Levy, author ofMaking the Jump

Wed, April 20, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 21, 7:00pm:
April in Paris at Island Books

Wed, April 27, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, April 27, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Sat, April 30, 10:30am: 
 Independent Bookstore Day 2016

Revisit Shakespeare

This month marks exactly 400 years since the Bard last put down his pen. Celebrations are underway worldwide, and here the Seattle Public Library is bringing an extremely rare copy of the First Folio to town. 

Shakespeare has a highbrow reputation, but the reason people still care about him after so many years is that he really has a common appeal. Publishers are celebrating this anniversary by releasing many new titles that highlight how relevant his work and world still are today. Brush up on your Shakespeare--you won't regret it.


Open Book Club

Our April book club will discuss The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. 

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. 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

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.