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August 2018 eNewsletter

"Reading makes immigrants of us all.
It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."

—Jean Rhys

We've been busy making memories this summer and despite the heat, marching in the Summer Celebration parade was a good one. It was the first time Island Books walked as a team. I could feel our community connection stronger than ever as we handed out books to happy faces along the way. We're always looking for new ways to strengthen our bond with you and what better way than to put books in those many outstretched hands.

Another high point (and temperature!) in July was our cookout with the Seattle7Writers. We raised $600 to donate to Team Read, a nonprofit organization that pairs struggling young readers with trained teen reading coaches for one-on-one tutoring after school and during the summer. Thank you to the Seattle7Writers, Team Read, and our community for making it happen. We mingled with some of our favorite local authors including Jim Lynch, Bridget Foley, Dori Butler, Robert Dugoni, J. Anderson Coates, and Clare Meeker and ate hot dogs grilled by Garth Stein himself. Garth also contributed an entertaining Q&A to our blog beforehand.

August is sleepy as people leave the island for vacations and to head back to school (mine left this week). Now is when we head to the gift show to buy for book fairs and the holidays. We plot our events and activities for the fall and it makes the year seem over all too quickly.

Ben Malcolmson is our first event of August (6:30pm tonight!) and what a way to kick it off. Come hear his inspirational story about hope, strength, and not always following the path you thought was yours.

Laurie Raisys

August Featured Event:
Ben Malcomson, Author of Walk On

We are excited to welcome Ben Malcomson, longtime assistant to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, to the store on August 1st at 6:30pm. He'll be here to discuss his new book, Walk On: From Pee Wee Dropout to the NFL Sidelines--My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God.

Had anyone told Ben he'd someday be a wide receiver on the national champion USC football team--after not playing football since an unfortunate fifth-grade Pop Warner experience--he would have called them crazy. As a reporter for The Daily Trojan, in the spirit of George Plimpton, he participated in walk-on tryouts for the team and was dumbfounded to find himself listed on the roster. Walk On shares his unexpected journey, guided by faith.


Barack Obama's Summer Reading List

Barack Obama recently revealed his summer reading list for 2018, and it takes much of its inspiration from Kenya and South Africa. The summer isn't quite over so if this is your cup of tea, there's still time to squeeze these six books in on your last vacation.


Counter Intelligence: James's August Pick

James recommends Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson, a story of late love and second chances. This insightful debut novel tells the unlikely story of an English farm wife and a Danish museum curator through their spirited correspondence.

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Reading-Related Rambles

In July, we interviewed the former Times book critic Michiko Kakutani, previewed our walk with David Williams, and talked with bestselling author and Island Books grill master Garth Stein.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Aug 1, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Aug 1, 6:30pm: 
Ben Malcomson, author of  Walk On

Wed, Aug 8, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Aug 15, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Aug 22, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Aug 29, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Aug 30, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Us&Them by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

Picture Books for Back to School

These new titles address concepts from the school bus to the classroom.


Open Book Club

For our August Open Book Club, we'll be reading Us&Them by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. A story mirrored in fragmented lives, Us&Them explores the ludicrous and the tragic, the venal and the generous-hearted aspects of Iranian life away from home.

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.