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April 2017 eNewsletter

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
—Mark Twain

Okay friends, neighbors, and book lovers, it's April, and that means Independent Bookstore Day is back and better than ever. If you're new to this lollapalooza, the whole month of April culminates in one jam-packed day on Saturday, April 29th, filled with Nancy Stewart sing-a-longs, tasty refreshments, a kids coloring table, author visits, type-a-thons, all-day giveaways, and much, much more. We look forward to this day all year!

There's even more bookstore magic coming in April. It's National Poetry Month, and to celebrate we'll be hosting Peter Ludwin and Megan Snyder-Camp on Tuesday, April 18th. Both remarkable authors have embarked on a unique poetic exploration of the past, contemplating the effects Northwest history has on the region and the self. It should be a remarkable event that has the potential to spark a very interesting conversation about regional history, personal history, and poetics.

We will also welcome author Paula Becker on on Thursday April 20th to discuss her biography of one of our most endearing Northwest storytellers, Looking for Betty MacDonald. If you haven't read MacDonald's memoirs The Egg and I, The Plague and IAnybody Can Do Anything, and Onions in the Stew you're missing out, and who didn't love MacDonald's whimsical Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a child? The first ten people to place an order for Looking for Betty MacDonald through our website will get a 10% discount and an invitation to meet with the author over drinks and snacks before the event.

In addition to all the events happening around here, there's a fresh crop of appealing titles and gifts filling our shelves including new releases from Elizabeth StroutAnne LamottMary Gaitskill, and more. We're always happy to help you find the perfect read or gift for someone special, so come on by a see us in person!

Your devoted Island Books staff,

Laurie, Marni, Cindy, Marilyn, Lillian, James, Miriam, Lori, and Nancy

Independent Bookstore Day: Sat April 29th!

Once again, Independent Bookstore Day is being celebrated all across the country and Island Books is one of a host 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. We can't wait!


April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Island Books is delighted to welcome Peter Ludwin and Megan Snyder-Camp to our store on Tuesday, April 18th. Both remarkable authors have embarked on a unique poetic exploration of the past, contemplating the effects Northwest history has on the region and the self.


Spring Reading for Adults

The days are growing longer now, so it's easier to stay up and read for 30 more minutes before bedtime. These new releases will make your nightstand an enjoyable destination at the end of a warm spring evening. 


Destination of the Month: Indonesia

Between Australia and Asia lies an archipelago of more than 18,000 islands, scattered across a stretch of ocean as wide as the distance between New York and San Francisco. With such a large, diverse population and such an ancient history there's no shortage of literature available to introduce you to Indonesia and its culture. We're happy to share some of those books with you here.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Laurie's April Pick

Author Lauren Grodstein made a memorable visit to Island Books last week, so it's no wonder her compelling new novel about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself is fresh in our minds. Locals will particularly appreciate this novel about a dying mother's relationship with her son because it's set right here on Mercer Island.
See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In March, Lori talked about how natural passionate hand selling can be and how much she's enjoyed making Tracy Rees's Amy Snow an Island Books hit, Miriam offered up a preview of the next few months of Open Book Club, and James shared his enjoyment of the new biography The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon. We were also proud to reveal the winners of our short story contest along with guest judge Mark Holtzen's thoughtful feedback!

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Upcoming Events

Wed, April 5, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 6, 10:00am: 
The Pebble Preschool at MIPC Book Fair at Island Books

Wed, April 12, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, April 16: 
Closed for Easter

Tues, April 18, 6:30pm: 
Poets, Places, and Times: Peter Ludwin and Megan Snyder-Camp

Wed, April 19, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 20, 6:30pm: 
Paula Becker, author of Looking for Betty MacDonald

Sat, April 22, 9:00am: 
Open Window School Book Fair at Island Books

Wed, April 26, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 27, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Sat, April 29, 8:00am: 
Independent Bookstore Day

Spring Reading for Kids

As the cherry blossoms brighten up our trees and the grass gets ready for the first mow of the season, kids have a renewed energy and engagement with the outdoors. Here are some of our favorite titles to help them celebrate spring. 


Open Book Club

For our April Open Book Club, we'll be reading The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. This bestselling novel follows four grown siblings as they look forward to receiving a family inheritance. The Nest offers up some great discussion topics, like what money does to relationships and what happens to our ambitions over the course of time.

Don't forget 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.