New little stores are popping up in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, and Portland. Old stores are expanding and changing. Booksellers are twittering and snapchatting. Food trucks are circling. One store is offering guided trips to Italy, another offers summer camps for kids. There are catered dinners on farms with authors, cowboy concerts, and community-wide Where's Waldo searches. We compiled fun and useful ideas to ponder and germinate. The creativity, independence, and range of expression on display was stunning.
Most delightful was the resurgence of the neighborhood store. Island Books has always strived above all to listen and stay connected to our community. We offer a place nearby of entertainment, comfort, and illumination, and all of you give back with your enthusiasm, kindness, and local dollars. This has been the tide that keeps our boat afloat. The crowd that has been our 12th man. The fun we've been having all these years (in the playhouse, on bookfair evenings, and over the counter) had started to feel like something of a rare item in the countrywide big-box landscape. To hear that spirit reverberating across the independent bookselling community lifted our spirits.
But back to that tour of booksellers that came through our store. We took a great deal of pleasure hearing our guests gush over our splintery cedar shelves, dusty typewriters, groovy store journal, and huge wall of picture books. You forget occasionally when you live with something or someone for a long time how much you love it. I guess that's why they invented poetry, chocolate, and Valentine's day: to remind us how lucky we are to have the people and places we hold dear. So this month, we'll do our best to remember and celebrate our love for this old humble island bookstore—and how swell it is.
Owner and Bookseller
Wed, Feb 12: Giving from the Heart: A Benefit for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services
Thurs, Feb 13, 7pm: Clare Hodgson Meeker, Kathy Opie, Laura Foreman, and Lindsay Pyfer, authors of Secret Histories
Wed, Feb 26, 7pm: Margaret Wrinkle, author of Wash
Thurs, Feb 27, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein
Sat, March 1, 6:30pm: PJ Storytime with Norm Brecke
Hild by Nicola Griffin
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Under The Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Blinding by Mircea Cărtărescu
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Love isn't only for the beautiful or the brilliant. Often the more oddball the characters, the happier the romance.
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.
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.
Island Books | 3014 78th Ave. SE | Mercer Island | WA | USA | 98040