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July 2018 eNewsletter

"You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places."

—Jen Campbell

July 1st marked my third year as the owner of Island Books. When my kids were little, age three was one of my favorite times. They had no filter and said the funniest things. They drew hilarious pictures at preschool and told me how beautiful I was, despite the lack of a shower, make up, or a good hair brushing. They made life brighter and more fun. I fully expect Island Books will be working the same magic on me as we pass by our third year together. But don't worry, I'll try to brush my hair this time around.

And what a third year it's been. We won KING5’s Best of Western Washington Bookstore, which couldn't have been a bigger surprise. There were all the memorable author events, including visits from Jonathan Evison, Joyce Maynard, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Nancy Pearl, and more. Our story times and book club thrived, as did the annual book fair extravaganza. We celebrated another exuberant Independent Bookstore day and bought some colorful chairs to sit in outside as the weather turned. 

Coming up this month, the Where's Waldo? scavenger hunt starts this Friday, July 6th, so stop in and pick up your passport to find Waldo at local business.
You can also check out our summer sidewalk sale happening the same day. Voting for our bookmark contest continues until Saturday, July 7th at midnight, so get in your entries soon. Thursday the 26th is another busy day, with a poetry reading from the Crest Learning writing class led by Michael Harper followed by a throwback book club:  The Dead Zone by Stephen King. There are even rumblings in my own house that Victor might read and join. And, to top it all off I'm especially looking forward to July 29th, when we're throwing a cook out with the Seattle7WritersGarth Stein will be roasting hot dogs! 

On a more personal note, recently Victor and I were honored with the 2017 Mercer Island Citizens of the Year award. Thank you to the city council for this great compliment. Victor and I love it here, and we know that any honor we receive is given to our entire staff and community for making Island Books what it is. We are nothing without the support of this island, all of the loyal customers and friends, the new faces we meet along the way, and those that still call in to place orders from their favorite childhood bookstore.

In a year when we lost some irreplaceable friends in our bookstore family, it's comforting to know that all the good news and happy memories would have made them smile.

Happy 4th of July!

Laurie Raisys

July Featured Event:
To Market, To Market with Asia Citro

Our outdoor summer of fun continues with a special visit from author Asia Citro, who will be joining us at our booth in the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday, July 22nd. Asia is the creator of one of our favorite current series for children, Zoey and Sassafras, which features magical animals, mystery, science, and adventure. We're offering a special deal on the bundle--the brand-new fifth book will be free! Come by and meet the author, take home signed books, and engage with a hands-on science experiment. 


Laurie's 10 Days 10 Books Challenge

Laurie recently participated in the 10 day 10 books challenge on Facebook. You know, the one where you post a photo of a favorite book without explanation or comment, then tag another book-loving friend. In case you're curious, here are the titles she shared on social media.


Nurturing Nature

Summer is the opportune time to engage with your surroundings, which is why we're sharing this list of books about arboreal wonders. Maybe they'll even inspire you to get your hands dirty with a volunteer opportunity right here on the island.


Counter Intelligence: Cindy and Miriam's July Pick

Miriam and Cindy agree that The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware is a perfectly executed thriller for summer vacation. A dark and stormy night, a penniless orphan, a creepy old mansion with a housekeeper making gristle stew, not to mention a disputed inheritance, makes all the classic mystery tropes fresh and new in this suspenseful page-turner.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In June, we shed some tears over Philip Roth, Tom Wolfe, and Anthony Bourdain, explored the universe through fiction and nonfiction, and discussed why a few great comic novels about the 19th century are must-reads for the summer of 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, July 4: 

Fri, July 6, 9:00am: 
Where's Waldo?

Fri, July 6, 9:00am: 
Summer Sidewalk Sale

Wed, July 11, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, July 17, 6:30pm: 
Ned Wolf, Author of the Nandia Trilogy

Wed, July 18, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, July 19, 7:00pm: 
A Walk With David Williams

Sun, July 22, 10:00am: 
To Market, To Market with Asia Citro

Wed, July 25, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, July 26, 4:00pm: 
Poetry Reading with the Crest Learning Center's Writing Class

Thurs, July 26, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Sun, July 29, 6:00pm: 
Cookout With the Seattle 7

Summer Mysteries for Kids

The lazy days of summer don't have to turn kids into lazy readers. Puzzles and intrigues that beg to be solved are the perfect way to engross children, and this list for various age groups will keep them reading all summer long.


Open Book Club

For our July Open Book Club, we'll be reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King. First published in 1979, King's seventh novel and #1 New York Times bestseller is unlike any of his other books (no horror or gore--just psychological suspense!) and eerily relevant today.

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.