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February 2019 eNewsletter

"When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms."

—Mary Oliver
At Island Books, we focus on community a lot. It’s why Victor and I moved to Mercer Island 15 years ago, and why I wanted to buy the bookstore almost four years ago. Belonging somewhere feels good, and, much like that bar in Cheers, it's great to be some place where everyone knows your name. This bookstore has a great sense of pride in welcoming you through the door, remembering faces and names, and making you feel part of the community.

On Wednesday, February 13th, after the Annual Giving from the Heart Breakfast, we will open our doors and participate in raising money for the Mercer Island Youth & Family Services Foundation (MIYFS). You can shop or dine at 12 locations on the Island; we are all giving 20% of the day's sales to MIYFS.

The bookstore is a place for everyone, and we are always trying to find more ways to make you a part of our family. We hope to see you stop in for a book, a Valentines Day card, some chocolate, a bracelet or a Unicorn key chain.

Happy Valentines Day!❤️

P. S. Don't forget to look for your invitation to Taylor Jenkins Reid's new book signing . . . we are already so excited!
Featured Event: Doug Walsh, Author of Tailwinds Past Florence

We are excited to welcome local author Doug Walsh to Island Books in celebration of his upcoming release, Tailwinds Past Florence. Doug is an author, a bicyclist, and a travel lecturer, discussing his two-year journey on bike from Seattle to Singapore. Join us for a discussion about his trip and inspiration to write his novel. More
So Much to Celebrate for Black History Month!

Join us this month in the Kids and Teens section as we focus on black history. From picture book biographies to YA novels focusing on the experiences of black teens in America, we have an array of books through which to educate and celebrate this month.

See a portion of our list here
Fresh Romances for February

Love is in the air! As such we have put together a list of newer releases that spark love. Dark, funny, torridthere is something for everyone.

Counter Intelligence: Lillian's and Lori's February Pick

Lillian (and Lori!) recommends A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The two main characters start to question their curses and their abilities to change their fates.

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles
In January, Kelleen chatted with Elise Hooper about her new novel, Lori discussed the benefits of book journaling, and Caitlin introduced herself to our community.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Feb 6, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Wed, Feb 13, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Feb 20, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, Feb 24, 4:00pm:
Doug Walsh, Author of Tailwinds Past Florence

Wed, Feb 27, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Feb 28, 7:30pm:
Open Book Club: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Celebrating Valentine's Day in the Kids Section

Sweet treats and sweet reads from our shelves to yours.

Open Book Club

For our February Open Book Club, we'll be reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

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.