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July 2020 eNewsletter

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
— Maya Angelou

July is usually the month that we jump out of our winter hibernation and go into full summer mode. We prep for vacation reads and ramp up our in-store projects. From pulls to refreshing stock, July is

We start with the Women Writers Panel on the 16th, featuring Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Longo, and Justina Chen. Elise Hooper will be moderating and participating as well. We are so excited to bring these fantastic collection of local and far flung authors to chat about women and Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) authors in the publishing industry. Register to virtually attend this event here. 
The following week we will be hosting a series with Women Business Writers. This virtual event on the 21st of June will feature Mikaela Kiner, Tiffany Dufu, and Rebekah Bastian, each inspiring entrepreneurs and authors in their own right. They will be chatting about how their businesses have been shifting due the pandemic and the need for women of all backgrounds to support and push each other now more than ever. Register to participate and attend this virtual event here.
You will see Elise Hooper again at a date TBD for an outdoor signing. Elise will be by the bookstore to sign books outside. Afterwards, she will join an online call with author Tracy Reeves of Amy Snow to talk about her new book Fast Girls and writing historical fiction. We are excited to host her for this masked and socially distanced event! You can register for the virtual part of this event here.
Last but not least, we will be hosting local author Karlos Dillard on the 28th for a talk on the first installment of his three-part memoir, Ward of the State. Karlos will be discussing his childhood in the foster care system, reflecting on writing the book, and address the Black Lives Matter movement in conjunction with his writing. You can register for his virtual event here.

We will also have our usual slew of book clubs: Open Book Club and Knitting Book Club. But we are also adding the All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship to our repertoire as a series on July 20th and 27th at 6:00pm. We are reading So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo. Register to participate here. There are other organizations on the Island hosting this book club if our dates and times do not work for you.

We are disappointed that we cannot hold our events in the store and physically bear witness to our community, but we encourage you to stay engaged virtually and to come in and browse if you can! We miss you all and hope you keep calling us, emailing us, and interacting with us on social media if you can't come in to say a masked hello!

Be well, stay safe, and wash your hands,
The Island Books Team
Enter Into Our 2020 Bookmark Contest

Island Books is launching its 2020 Summer Bookmark Contest during the month of July. This year's theme is How I spent my pandemic vacation.

All ages are welcome to participate.

Entries are due on July 31st. Come by the store to get a copy of the entry form or download it from our website.

Kids Picks: Summer Reads

mercer-island-books-activity-workbooks-localThis month's list features books for early, middle grade, and teen readers perfect for getting into the summer mood. From time travel to mermaids, this collection of books has something for everyone.





Featured Event: Island Books Women Writers Panel


Join us on Thursday, July 16th at 5:00pm as we host a conversation with Elise Hooper, Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jen Longo, and Justina Chen! These women will be discussing the present and future realities of women writers, the ways women writers can empower each other, and ways we can all promote marginalized voices and give credit to BIPOC who haven't been included in the publishing industry. Register for this important event here!

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Counter Intelligence: A Staff Favorite

island-books-book-of-longings-sue-monk-kidd-pre-order-independent-bookstore-mercerThis month, Laurie, Lori, and Kelleen recommend One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.

Bea Schumacher is a stylish and fabulous plus-sized blogger with a huge following and a guilty pleasure in the hit show Main Squeeze. A late night fierce tirade on Twitter about the lack of body diversity on the show leads to an opportunity to feature as the next star, the next one all the men get to compete for her love. The next months are a flurry dates, fashions, and camera lenses, and Bea slowly learns about the walls she puts up, the assumptions she makes, and the power of loving herself before falling into love with someone else. This read was so enjoyable due to Bea's poignant observations and realistic reactions. Stayman-London doesn't shy away from getting realistic about the perils of stardom, especially when you don't fit into society's ideal of who gets to say "I do."

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Post of the Month: June
island-books-mercer-coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-shop-local"We have missed you and can’t wait to see you! Please bear with us as we adjust to the latest new normal. If you’d like to shop in the store, we ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. We have also provided hand sanitizer at the door for sanitation purposes."
Reading-Related Rambles
In June, we were busy at the store preparing ourselves for reopening to the public. During this time, Lori wrote about her favorite books coming out this summer and Kelleen explained the long wait times for racial justice books.

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All events listed are virtual! Participants must register to view.

Thurs, July 16, 5:00pm:
Island Books Women Writers Panel with Elise Hooper, Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Longo, and Justina Chen
Register Here

Mon, July 20, 6:00pm:
All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship Meeting One: So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Register Here

Tues, July 21, 5:00pm:
Island Books Women Business Writers Panel with Mikaela Kiner, Tiffany Dufu, and Rebekah Bastian
Register Here

Mon, July 27, 6:00pm:
All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship Meeting Two: So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Register Here

Tues, July 28, 6:00pm:
Karlos Dillard, Author of Ward of the State
Register Here

Thurs, July 30, 7:30pm:
Virtual Open Book Club: Calypso by David Sedaris
Register Here

Date TBD
In-Person Outdoor Signing with Elise Hooper
Virtual Call with Elise Hooper and Tracy Reese, Authors Fast Girls and Amy Snow

Thurs, Aug 6, 4:30pm:
Knitting Book Club: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Register Here

We will notify you through our social media and website if new virtual events are scheduled!

Missed an event? Catch up on YouTube!

Island Books has its own YouTube channel with events, author interviews, and videos from our staff.


Storybook Corner Online!

Nancy Stewart has been filming and posting her Storybook Corner sessions on to Facebook. Take a look to see them and more content from her!
In July, our Open Book Club will be reading Calypso by David Sedaris.

Register for this event here!

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso, you'd be wrong. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.

Knitting Book Club

Register to participate here!

In August, our Knitting Book Club will be reading Inheritance by Dani Shapiro.

This memoir tracks the the journey of the author when she finds out that her father is not her biological dad, and the urgent quest to unlock her own identity. Inheritance is written at a breakneck pace with beautiful precision and prose.