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March 2019 eNewsletter

"A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog's ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins."
—Charles Lamb

February was a month filled with surprises and a winter wonderland for the record books. There were snowmen with lopsided smiles on every block, and children giddy with school cancellation sledding down hills. While many of the small businesses on the island struggled with the disruption in everyday business, we wanted to support those around us and do what we could to help ease the Snowpocalypse strain. Despite the challenges, we were proud to remain open every day of the month. We wanted to be a place members of our community could walk to and feel warm and welcomed, so, as customers shook the snow off their boots, we greeted them with coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and tea. As you all know, our community is deeply important to us, and we were happy we could be there.

One of my favorite authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid, has a new book coming out today that echoes the emotional performance Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the 2019 Oscars. The tension couldn't help but remind us of TJR's new book. Daisy Jones and the Six is an oral history about a fictional 70s rock band that will leave you breathless. The characters are vivid and enchanting in a way that haunts you long after you close the final pages. When you finish, re-watch that performanceyour heart will ache. Our event with TJR is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, and we have a memorable night planned. Call and reserve your space or purchase your ticket online. The doors open at 5:30pm for the pre-party with a signature cocktail and light appetizers. The event will begin at 6:15pm.  We are excited to have TJR on the island again and hope you will join us.

In other news, the Mercer Island Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, March 24th, and we have a team walking around the island once again. We had a great time last year and expect it to be better than ever. If you want to walk with the Island Books team, reach out, and we’ll tell you how to sign up.

We have author events happening all month long with authors like Robert L. Tsai, Ana Maria Spagna and Heather Uplake, and Lauren Danner, and new titles on the shelves including Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, and The Women's Suffrage Movement edited by Sally Roesch Wagner. We always have a surprise waiting for you somewhere; I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in March the surprises come with sunshine instead of snow.

See you in the store,
Featured Event: Taylor Jenkins Reid, Author of Daisy Jones and the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid is joining us March 16th at 5:30pm to celebrate her new release, Daisy Jones and the Six. Above you can see some of the questions we asked her about her writing process and artistry. This event is ticketed; each ticket purchase comes with a copy of her book. Reserve your seat here.
Celebrating Women's History Month

Women's History Month is upon us; here is a collection of some of our favorite female-author reads.

Counter Intelligence: Cindy's Pick

This month Cindy recommends Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. This emotionally resonant and fiercely imaginative novel focuses on a family road trip that collides with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border.

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Reading-Related Rambles

In February, Lori discussed Katherine Arden's trilogy and Kelleen talked to Doug Walsh about his writing inspiration and Robert Tsai about the political context of his new release.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Mar 6, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Fri, Mar 8, 6:00pm:
Rober Tsai, Author of Practical Equality

Tues, Mar 12, 11:30am:
Mercer Island Women's Club w/ Lauren Danner

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, Mar 16, 5:30pm:
Taylor Jenkins Reid, Author of Daisy Jones and the Six

Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, Mar 26, 5:00pm:
Ana Maria Spagna, Author of Uplake & Heather Durham, Author of Going Feral

Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Mar 28, 7:00pm:
Open Book Club: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Kids Section

We are getting into the Irish spirit in the Kids Section! Check our funny selection of books celebrating this folktale.

Open Book Club

This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

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.