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April 2018 eNewsletter

"So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world."
—Vincent Van Gogh

We hope your red pen is handy, because you'll want to mark your calendar in big, bold letters. Independent Bookstore Day is back this month and better than ever! Join us on Saturday, April 28th for a daylong celebration of indie bookstores and the people who make them great--that includes you!

Our schedule is jam-packed:

  • Free coffee and doughnuts from our 8:00 a.m. earlybird opening until whenever they last
  • Nancy Stewart Story Time for kids at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Ask the Authors: Jennifer Longo & Mark Holtzen dispense sage wisdom on all subjects from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. 
  • The famous Island Books typewriters will be out and in use for on-the-spot poetry and letter writing on Island Books stationery 
  • Take a selfie at our Instagram photo booth, pick up some new ink via temporary tattoos in the Tattly corner, or flex your creativity at our kid coloring/craft table 
  • Custom-made IBD2018 cookies in the afternoon 
  • Live music in the afternoon 
  • Happy hour beer & Centioli pizza
There will also be special offers running all day, this day only:
  • Win a Blind Date with a Book: purchases over $29.99 entitle you to a tantalizingly mysterious read
  • Free Island Books/IBD T-shirts: purchases over $99.99 earn you a runway position in the most exclusive fashion show in town 
  • $2 greeting card sale 
  • 20% discount on our stellar collection of books about . . . books

And of course, the now-legendary challenge continues. Pick up a passport at any participating bookstore you visit on April 28th and get it stamped. If you get stamps from all 19 Seattle-area stores before the end of the day, you qualify as an Indie Bookstore Champion and earn a 25% discount card good at any participating store for a full year. Don't feel bad if you can't make the full circuit--if you get your passport stamped by at least 3 stores, you can trade it in for a 30% off coupon good for a single purchase on a following visit to any participating store. Come spend some time with us and then head up the Eastside to see our friends at Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond and BookTree Kirkland. Or visit us and then zip across the bridge to Third Place Books Seward Park and the Fantagraphics bookstore in Georgetown. Or set your own itinerary!

Don't forget about the custom merchandise that will be available this day only. In addition to Island Books shirts (we will be giving away a few, as well as selling them), we'll have two special posters for sale: a literary map of the region and another featuring imaginative logos for all the awesome bookshops involved. There will be adorable onseies for our youngest fans, special chapbooks, and much, much more.

Laurie Raisys

April Featured Event:
Kit Bakke, Author of Protest on Trial

Join us on Thursday April 12th for a provocative discussion about the history of free speech in Seattle with author Kit Bakke as well as Roger Lippman, one of the defendants in the Seattle 7 trial. Kit's book tells the history of the counterculture activist group Seattle 7, who were arrested and charged with federal conspiracy and intent to riot after a protest that turned ugly. Despite irregularities in the trial, they were sent to jail. Come learn more about this essential Northwest story and explore the lessons we can apply today.


April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

As part of this year's celebration, the Mercer Island High School English Department is hosting its second annual Poetrypalooza Tournament. Inspired by the NCAA's March Madness, they've created a bracketed set of great poems. You can see the whole roster and make your predictions at the Poetrypalooza 2018 website.


Counter Intelligence:
Lillian and Cindy's April Pick

Lillian and Cindy are both recommending Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen this month, a World War II young adult novel about a Jewish girl-turned-spy who must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school. This thought-provoking page-turner will keep both teens and adults riveted. 

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In March, we discussedbirds, books, and botany; examined the newest Newbery and Caldecott winners; and enjoyed the Netflix series Stranger Things while waxing nostalgic about books featuring characters with telekinesis.

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Upcoming Events

Tues, April 3, 6:30pm: 
Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

Wed, April 4, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, April 7, 6:00pm: 
PJ Story Time with Terina Beckwith Black

Wed, April 11, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 12, 6:30pm: 
Kit Bakke, author of Protest on Trial

Wed, April 18, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, April 22, 4:00pm: 
Cookbook Book Club: Chinese Soul Food

Wed, April 25, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 26, 10:00am: 
The Pebble Preschool at MIPC Book Fair at Island Books

Thurs, April 26, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Sat, April 28, 8:00am:
Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Spring Break Reads for Kids and Teens

Whether you're traveling or staying put during the school break, you can already assume someone will say to you, "I'm bored." Have one of these books on hand for when the time comes.


Open Book Club

For our April Open Book Club, we'll be reading This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. This thought-provoking novel, about a family navigating the unexpected challenges of raising a child with gender dysphoria, should provoke plenty of discussion.

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.