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June 2016 eNewsletter

"Wherever I go, bookstores are still
the closest thing to a town square."
—Gloria Steinem
“Faith, Perseverance and Serendipity; life lessons to live by!" is one of my favorite quotes from Robbie Bach, author of Xbox RevisitedRobbie was the featured guest at one of our recent author events, where he shared his experience as the Chief Xbox Officer at Microsoft. There are some incredibly moving sections of his book which you don't typically expect from a business read, especially when he discussed defining moments from his high school years. A number of those anecdotes jumped out in light of graduation season. We’re entering that time of year again, a time of transitions and celebrations.

Last year as graduation approached, my life felt like the beginning of endings. We had a graduating high school senior. Many friends who had been through the experience repeatedly told us to "brace yourself," and so we did, but it was such a happy time. From Prom to Senior Skip Day, we lived through finals, her graduation party, and the baccalaureate service. Then, the day came and suddenly she was in that cap and gown and ready to walk across the stage.

This year our milestone is 8th grade graduation. When did the blonde girl in pigtails, pulling my hair for comfort, turn into the taller-than-me freshman in high school?

It's no wonder that the transition of graduation has inspired some incredible commencement addresses. This year brings several new titles inspired by those notable speeches, like Mary Karr's Now Go Out There: (And Get Curious) and Kurt Vonnegut's If This Isn't Nice What Is? These books make perfect graduation gifts.

In addition to the transitions and celebrations of graduations, June also means celebrating Father's Day. As the daughter of a minister, I remember sitting in church each Sunday and wondering if it was my turn to be mentioned in my dad's weekly sermon. It felt torturous at the time, but now it makes me smile. I love my dad and the lessons he taught me, but he isn't the only father I'll be celebrating. My husband inspires me every day by being the greatest father to our four children. How can I possibly thank him? Since many of you come in wondering the same thing, we can point you towards new books that make great Father’s Day gifts like The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee and Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick.

With all these gift-giving occasions approaching, remember we will gladly wrap gifts free of charge and offer free shipping for books. You can easily add in hand-picked cards, games, and other unique gifts for both dads and grads.

We hope you find all kinds of special ways to celebrate your loved ones this month. Happy Graduation and Happy Father's Day! 

Laurie Raisys

Father's Day is Sunday, June 19th 

Dads do not want ties for Father’s Day. They will graciously accept any or all handmade tchotchke or hand-drawn picture from their youngest kids because you can't beat the cute factor. But, for many dads, the most thoughtful gifts are books. Unique, unexpected, completely absorbing books that fit their interests. If you’re not sure which book is perfect for your dad, these suggestions might help. Or even better, come by the store and let us help you pick something in person.

2016 Summer Book Bingo with the
Seattle Arts & Lecture Series

The Seattle Arts & Lectures and The Seattle Public Library are excited to announce another summer full of reading fun for adult readers. Spend your summer reading great books and you could win great prizes. Fill in a Bingo Card with the titles and authors of the books you’ve read between May 23, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016 and drop it (or a photocopy if you wish to keep the original) at any Library branch, mail it in, or post a photo via Instagram or Twitter. Island Books is the perfect place to help you fill the "Recommended by an Independent Bookstore" square on your card.

Destination of the Month: USA & Canada

There's no better time than the start of summer to hit the road and see what North America has to offer. 2016 is an especially good year to do it, since this is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. From the vast natural spaces of distant Yellowstone to the intimate urban setting of the nearby Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park, there's more to do and see than you can imagine. We hope this list of guidebooks, memoirs, novels, and histories will inspire your own epic continental road trip.

Counter Intelligence:
Lori Robinson's June Pick

Lori is excited about Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith, which hits shelves on June 7th. It's a new suspense novel set in the Pacific Northwest about a journalist who loses her father and her home to a natural disaster. Years later, life has begun anew on her island in the San Juans and she returns to investigate the strange environmental colony now living there. Atmospheric and thought-provoking, Marrow Island explores the impact of past losses as it works its way towards a harrowing conclusion.

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Reading-Related Rambles
Our blog was particularly springlike in May, with a look at books set on farms, an interview with boating-inspired Northwest author Jim Lynch (who visited us on May 26th), a bookseller's reflections on reading customers minds, and a closer look at the Washington State Poet Laureate, Tod Marshall, who  stopped by Island Books on June 2nd.

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Upcoming Events

Sat, June 4, 6:30pm: 
PJ Story Time with Pat Peterson and Nancy Stewart

Tues, June 7, 7:00pm: 
Dan Raley, author of How Seattle Became a Big-League Sports Town

Wed, June 8, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, June 9, 10:30am: 
Jeff Levy, Author of Making the Jump (Third Session)

Wed, June 13, 6:30pm: 
Songs for My Grandchildren: An Adult-Only Evening with Nancy Stewart

Wed, June 15, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, June 22, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Sun, June 26, 4:00pm: 
Alice Crary, author of Inside Ethics

Thurs, June 29, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, June 29, 7:00pm: 
Open Book Club: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

School Days Are Done

It's been a long road, but commencement is at hand. Your graduate definitely deserves acknowledgement for a job well done, and maybe a reward as well. That's where this list comes in.


Kids and Their Dads

From funny books to sentimental reads, here's a selection that shows just how much dads and kids care about each other.


Open Book Club

Our June book club will discuss Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, a brilliantly constructed debut novel set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every 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.


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.