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March 2016 eNewsletter

   "Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart."
—Margaret Jackson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect children's book for March. This time of year, we're all preparing to come out of our cocoons and spread our wings. My favorite page from Carle's classic is the one with the laundry list of food. Salami, an ice cream cone, a cupcake, a slice of swiss cheese ... I think we can all relate.

There are few things we love as much as we do books, but food is one of them. That's why we're excited to kickoff our first cookbook book club at 7pm Tuesday night, March 22nd. Each month we'll feature a different cookbook and then, near the end of the month, get together to taste the dishes we've made from it. A festive potluck meal, in other words, and we'll supply the drinks. This month we're featuring the Short Stack editions, a series of small-format cookbooks authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients. Every title is printed on high-quality art paper with hand-stitched binding, and every booklet is a true pleasure just to look at. But they're also practical, covering ingredients that include eggs, honey, chocolate, fruits, vegetables, and more. I'm particularly hoping someone will turn up with a dessert made from Susie Heller's Chocolate.

Beside the in-store food fest, our staff will be out around town this month. We're excited to be a book club sponsor at the Literary Lions Gala on March 5th. The gala supports the King County Library System by raising funds for learning programs and this year's honoree is foodie legend Ruth Reichl (more food appreciation for us!). We'll also be at Nancy Pearl's Women's Club luncheon on March 7th, selling her favorite 2015 book picks.

Back in the store, we'll have our usual weekly Storybook Corners, PJ Story Time, author events with Justine Chen, David B. Williams, and Alison Case, a jumpstart your job search evening, and our lively book club. There are new books coming from authors like Tracy ChevalierJacquelyn MitchardHarlan CobenJames Patterson, and more. We hope you'll find time to stop in for something.

So while that caterpillar is busy eating his way towards a stomachache, let's spend March devouring good books and delicious food together. Happy spring reading and eating!

Laurie Raisys
Destination of the Month: Ireland

Welcome to the first installment of a new regular feature here at Island Books, Destination of the Month. Every thirty days or so we'll be highlighting books that refer to different countries, geared for travelers of both the actual and the armchair variety. We'll be sharing favorite guidebooks, histories, travelogues, art books, and works of fiction either from or about the places in question, great reads that can enhance a vacation or inspire one--even if only in the imagination.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this month's featured destination is Ireland. We've written in the pastabout its great literary tradition, but here's an all-new selection of books that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Books Thinking About Books

If you have a passion for understanding literature and why it matters, these titles will be right up your alley. The value of artistic criticism, how books can change lives, and the history of puzzles and maps are just a few of the literary subjects inspiring authors recently. And it shouldn't come as a surprise that we have a soft spot for books that celebrate reading.

Counter Intelligence: 
James's March Pick

The definitive biography of an extraordinary Irish author, Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker by Angela Bourke traces the life of a woman who wrote some of the most compelling pieces ever published for one of the world's most influential magazines. Her story is a tragic rollercoaster of highs and lows, and this fascinating book illuminates her complex legacy. Brennan was a troubled genius who notably influenced American culture in the 1950s and '60s, and her unusual life led her from dazzling literary achievement to tragic destitution.

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Reading-Related Rambles
Our February posts featured part I and part II of a staff discussion about Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air,  a broader lookat what's around the store these days, and a special guest post from award-winning Northwest author Brian Doyle.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Mar 2, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, Mar 5, 6:30pm: 
PJ Story Time with Norm Brecke and Nancy Stewart

Mon, Mar 7, 11:00am: 
Nancy Pearl's Book Picks

Wed, Mar 9, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Mar 9, 7:00pm: 
Jump-Start Your Job Search Talk

Wed, Mar 16, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, Mar 20, 4:00pm: 
Justine Chen, author of The Art of Inspiration

Tues, Mar 22, 12:00pm: 
David B. Williams, author of Too High and Too Steep

Tues, Mar 22, 7:00pm:
Cookbook Book Club

Wed, Mar 23, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Wed, Mar 23, 7:00pm:
Alison Case, author of Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights 

Wed, Mar 30, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Mar 30, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Human Age by Diane Ackerman

Open Book Club

March's open book club will discuss Diane Ackerman's The Human Age, a work of nonfiction that focuses on the human impact on our planet. Come and share your thoughts on animal longevity, rooftop farming, bioengineered body organs, and more.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. 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.