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August 2016 eNewsletter

"I guess there are never enough books."
—John Steinbeck

August. The island can feel like a ghost town. It's a great time for projects in the store, to take stock of what we have and what we need heading into the fall. As I write this I'm in Las Vegas, attending the gift show and handpicking gifts to feature for the holidays. It's hard to think about the seasons changing in 100 degree weather!

We had a good time in July, especially at our Hogwarts Class Reunion party. It was a memorable way to launch Harry Potter and Cursed Child, and thanks to Elizabeth Orem for planning such a spectacular event and to everyone who stopped by to celebrate. Besides Harry Potter, there are other new and intriguing titles on our tables, including Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, You Will Know Meby Megan Abbott, and To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey.

The Olympics begin this Friday and that'll keep us entertained during the quiet of August. We will have our new TV streaming the events during store hours so you can watch while you shop. And did you know we're a part of the Pokemon Go phenomenon? Come to the Island Books sign Pokestop and take a picture of yourself playing here. Tag your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag ‪#pokemonislandbooks‬. 

We are excited for school to begin at the end of the month. Starting in September, our book club will shift to the last Thursday night of the month at 7:30pm. For those that couldn't make the Wednesday night time during the first part of the year, we hope this will be a better fit for your schedule. We'll spend the next few meetings discussing Eleanor Perenyi's All Was Lost and Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies (coming in paperback September 13th!) if you want to get started ahead of time. And speaking of book clubs, if you're working on choosing titles for your own, you won't want to miss a very special event, our fall publisher preview with Katie Mehan and David Glenn from Random House on Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm.

Happy Seafair weekend and enjoy the Blue Angels!

Laurie Raisys

New in Paperback

Toss them in your purse. Throw them in your trunk. Leave them bent in middle on your nightstand. Read them, love them and leave them by the pool. Here are the latest notable paperbacks, including the long-awaited edition of bestseller The Girl on the Train.


Destination of the Month: Sweden

Sweden is known for noir thrillers, but there's more than crime to this distinctive country and its body of literature. With less than 10 million inhabitants, Sweden is a unique place known for a great love of the outdoors, quirky tastes, liberal values, great pop bands, Vikings, IKEA, and meatballs. August is one of the best times to visit, with mild weather, outdoor festivals, and amusement parks at their best. This list of thrillers, novels, history, and travel guides will expand your Nordic appreciation.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Lori Robinson's August Pick

Eowyn Ivey's memorable second novel The Snow Child was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, so it's no wonder that Lori is excited about Ivey's latest. An 1885 wilderness expedition, a female pioneer of photography, and Native American myths come to life in The Bright Edge of the World, an adventure tale that beautifully depicts turn-of-the-century Alaska.

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Reading-Related Rambles

In July, we shared a bookseller's perspectiveon Brexit, introduced our new summer staff members, discussed Emma Cline's fictional version of the Manson murders, and interviewed chef Jodi Liano, the host of our July Cookbook Book Club.

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Upcoming Events

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

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

Wed, Aug 17, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Aug 18, 5:30pm: 
Jim Lynch at the Bellevue Public Library

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

Thurs, Aug 25, 5:30pm: 
Nick Licata at the Bellevue Public Library

Wed, Aug 31, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Picture Books for Back to School

The first days of school are tough, especially for little ones (and their parents!). These charming stories will help ease nerves and promote laughter.


Tween/Teen Romance

Mysterious diaries, feel-good friendships, and reluctant debutantes are a few of the themes you'll find in our latest teen recommendations. 


Open Book Club

Our Open Book Club is on summer hiatus for August, but we'll be back in business come September on a new day, the last Thursday (instead of Wednesday) of each month at 7:30pm. See you then!


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.