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April 2019 eNewsletter

"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
—Emily Dickinson

Happy National Poetry Month! This month we are chock full of events and activities. There will be poetry offsite with Heidi Seaborn, a letter writing talk with Rabbi Elana Zaiman, Arabic story time with Laila Taji, Seattle Independent Bookstore Day (more on that below), a signing with Mercer Island High School alumna Caroline Fraser, and more... Check out the ways we are celebrating writing in all forms.

Ready, Set, Read! We are 24 days away from the 5th annual Seattle Independent Bookstore Day. Join us on Saturday, April 27th for a daylong celebration of indie bookstores and the people who make them great—that includes you!

Our schedule is jam-packed:
  • Free coffee, donut holes and Mimosas for our 8:00am early bird opening
  • Nancy Stewart Story Time for kids at 10:00am
  • Ask the Authors: Elise Hooper & Mark Holtzen dispense sage wisdom on all subjects from 11:30am to 1:00pm
  • Garth Stein will be our featured celebrity bookseller beginning at 3:00pm
  • Happy hour beer & Centioli pizza at 4:00pm
  • Live music in the afternoon at 5:00pm
  • 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 Island Books cookies in the afternoon 
  • 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 $2 greeting card sale 20% discount on our stellar collection of books about . . . bookshere, or ask us for suggestions!

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 limited edition book totes, Indie Bookstore Day shirts, a literary map, literary tea towels, signed books and much, much more.

Get your engines revving!
Laurie Raisys

Heidi Seaborn is joining us at Barrels Wine Bar at 5:00pm for the release of her first poetry collection, Give a Girl Chaos. Celebrate National Poetry month by listening to Heidi read poems from this new collection and answer questions from the audience. Learn more here.
Welcoming Our New Daytime Open Book Club

Most of our passion in working and running a bookstore comes from the discussions we have with you about the books themselves. For those of you interested in sharing your reading experiences and love drinking hot beverages, our daytime open book club is for you. Coffee and pastries will be served. The first meeting is April 15th at 10:30am, and we will be reading Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner.

Counter Intelligence: Nancy's Pick

This April, Nancy recommends House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma. Here are Nancy's words about the book:

"A couple's son has gone missing, and their lodger, the strange and often poetic Zamani, gives them hope that he can find the young man. The orphaned Zamani is intent, however, on insinuating himself into the parent's lives perhaps taking their son's place and prying with wily ways into each of their intimate dark secrets. It sounds like a set up for a thriller, but this stunning novel turns out to be an epic reckoning with Zimbabwe's past, from colonial Rhodesia to the present strongman government, and the enduring scars of genocide. Hard to believe this is a first novel by Tshuma, she has a mesmerizing style and dark humor and has created unforgettable characters in this complex and sweeping story."

See More Staff Picks

Upcoming Events

Wed, April 3, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Sat, April 6, 6:00pm:
PJ Story Time w/ Nancy Stewart

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

Thurs, April 11, 5:00pm:
Poetry + Wine w/ Heidi Seaborn at Barrels Wine Bar

Sun, April 14, 3:00pm:
Rabbi Elana Zaiman, Author of The Forever Letter

Mon, April 15, 10:30am:
Daytime Open Book Club: Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

Wed, April 17, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner w/ Karen Robbins

Sat, April 20, 6:00pm:
PJ Arabic Storytime w/ Laila Taji

Wed, April 24, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, April 25, 7:00pm:
Open Book Club: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

Sat, April 27, 8:00am:
Independent Bookstore Day!

Sun, April 28, 10:00am:
ECS Garden Day w/ Bridget Collins

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30pm:
Signing by Caroline Fraser, Author of Prairie Fires

Passover at Island Books

Take a look at our fantastic selection of Passover books in the kids section.

Open Book Club 

In The Line Becomes a River, the border is in Francisco Cantu's blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape her loves, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. Plagued by a growing sense of awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, Cantu discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

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.