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June 2019 eNewsletter

"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
—Oscar Wilde

Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest in a flurry of beautiful and temperate weather, and this means it’s a time for celebration. Summer reading, Father’s Day, my oldest’s college graduation, and pride: June has so much to give.

Summertime books are my absolute favorite. Since the time I could read, I’ve devoured books while “laying out” or sitting at the beach to pass time. A typical vacation day includes slathering on sunscreen, hitting the beach with at least two books, taking breaks to talk with my kids, and only stopping for meals and cocktails. Then I read until I fall asleep. Sunshine, beach, and books: perfection. Here is a slew of good ones out right now (or very soon):

Within the celebration theme, we have some fun ideas to start out your summer:

Bingo Cards: Make sure you come get your summer Seattle Arts & Lecture Bingo Cards. Our booksellers have great recommendations to fill up your card. There is a spot for some of the summer reads above, and of course the legendary “independent bookseller recommendation” spot is ideal for our input.

Bookmark Contest: Last month we took in entries for our bookmark contest; this month the voting begins! Next week, check out this link for our online poll or come into the store and cast your ballot. There are two categories: kids and teens/adults. The best of each category gets a limited run of printed, color bookmarks. Voting will last until the end of June.

Author Events: We are taking it a little easier with author events this month, but the ones we are hosting are worth your time. The Rummage Mamma Trunk Show is this Saturday, June 8 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Deirdre Timmons is coming by on Thursday June 13 to talk about her memoir Brain Candy. And of course, we will have Poetry + Wine (or Verse + Vino) June 25  at Barrell’s.

Where’s Waldo: Remember Where’s Waldo starts July 1st. You can find him all over Mercer Island stores.

Giveaways: Watch our blog this month for giveaways related to the books we are loving.

Dads we love you and love seeing you in the store with your kids, grandkids, etc.

Congratulations to all the graduates, especially Sofija, class of University of Washington 2019. We are so proud of you.
Laurie Raisys
Featured Event
This month, we are delighted to host Deirdre Timmons for conversation and a reading from her memoir Brain Candy. Join us Thursday evening at 6:00pm.

Brain Candy is a memoir based on Deirdre's experiences fighting an aggressive brain tumor, while caring for her mother with advanced Alzheimer's, raising her teenage daughter, and helping her husband chase a new dream - opening a barbecue restaurant. Her greatest defense is her sense of humor in this tender memoir chronicling life struggles that are often tragic, but can still be very funny. Grab a tissue and take a ride as one batty broad battles her way through the tragicomic trials of her most perilous adventure yet - brain cancer.
Counter Intelligence: Kelleen's Pick

This month, Kelleen and Caitlin both recommend On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.

Kelleen says: "This book is simultaneously delicate and fierce. The main character is first generation American of Vietnamese refugees. His struggle with his identity, both racial and sexual, and relationship with his illiterate mother is complex and inviting. There's no denying that Vuong allows darkness to consume his poetic prose, but he also welcomes a heartbreaking amount of hope in navigating young adulthood. A wonderful choice for a queer read during pride month."

See More Staff Picks

Pride Month Picks

We are celebrating National Pride Month this year with tons of fun and important reads in the Kids Section.
Reading-Related Rambles
In May, Lori rediscovered Dorothy Dunnett, and Kelleen celebrated picture books and tried out forest bathing.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, June 8, 11:00am:
Rummage Mamma Trunk Show

Wed, June 12, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, June 13, 6:00pm
Deirdre Timmons, author of Brain Candy

Mon, June 17, 10:30am:
Daytime Open Book Club: The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Wed, June 19, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Tues, June 25, 5:00pm
Poetry +Wine at Barrels Wine Bar

Wed, June 26, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, June 27, 7:00pm:
Open Book Club: Factfulness by Hans Rosling with Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling

In June, our Open Book Club will read and discuss Factfulness by Hans Rosling with Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Ola Rosling

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

Don't forget if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.


Daytime Open Book Club

On June 17th, 10:30am, we will be meeting to read The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

In Kushner's novel, Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside: her young son, Jackson. Inside: thousands of women hustling for the essentials; casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.

Don't forget if you purchase your book in 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.