Longtime customers of the bookstore often admire and comment on my coconut. To be clear, I am not referring to my notably smooth pate, but to the other old brown coconut that sits in the travel section on a high shelf. It was sent to me by my bride-to-be as a valentine and serves as a reminder of our love and the need to fuss over this most important of holidays.
The story goes like this: long ago, when I was less mature, I knew Nancy was the girl for me, but I couldn’t manage to tell her that and commit to that big project of marriage. She got tired of waiting and left to work in Hawaii. I remained at the bookstore, wondering and, perhaps, wandering. Then one February day a coconut arrived in the bookstore mail bearing a heart inscribed with a lover’s pair of initials. The thought of a swaying palm skirt combined with Nancy’s wit and warmth overwhelmed me and I was soon on a plane to grab the girl and marry her. I am very lucky that I did and that Valentine's Day comes around each year to remind me of what we share.
So I commend all my friends and customers to not treat this holiday as a mere “greeting card” occasion. This is A Big Deal Holiday. Buy two boxes of Fran's chocolates, a little necklace...go overboard...pour it on! And of course, buy a whole stack of reading. There's no more personal expression of affection than a particular, carefully chosen book.
Love can close any distance. Love makes all things possible.
Wed, Feb 6, 7:30pm: Alex Alben, author of Analog Days
Wed, Feb 13, all day: Giving from the Heart (20% of all sales donated to MIYFS)
Thu, Feb 28, 7:00pm: Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl
Thu, Feb 28, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Enter our short story contest! The details: There are prizes! The deadline is March 17, 2013. Stories should be 1000 words or fewer. That’s basically it. Drop them off in person at Island Books, or email them to us with the subject line THE SHORT VERSION.
Island Books hosts an open book club that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.
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