I bring up this story because this month we are sharing our Top 40 list and have a display of the hot-selling titles from last year. I have an increasingly cranky view of this yearly exercise. It seems that all the press, media, blogosphere is focused on telling us what is most popular. What’s cool, what’s now, what everybody else is doing.
I take particular joy in those customers that dig into our corners and come to the counter to buy an odd copy of the The Georgian Bawdyhouse, or My Fifty Years in Seattle’s Medical Dental Building, or Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine—all of which sold in that bubbly month of December. We have 20,000 titles in our ol’ cedar-lined chest of a bookstore. Come dig for treasure. Find your own fun.
Thu, Jan 31, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Sat, Feb 2, 6:30pm: PJ Story Time with Colleen Squier
Island Books is sponsoring a short story contest, with "short" being the operative word. We're looking for the best original fiction that clocks in at 1000 words or less. Prizes! Publication! Fame! Fun!
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.
Catch up on the titles dominating the indie bestseller lists and save 20% when you order online.
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After owning books, almost the next best thing is talking about them." —Charles Nodier