My first “job” when I came to Seattle in the summer of 1979 was working for my best friend’s startup “company,” making string hammocks in an apartment on Capitol Hill. The Guilt Free Hammock company consisted of my friend Rich and myself with occasional assistance from his gainfully employed girlfriend. After toiling away for weeks on a homemade loom, we proudly obtained a low stall in Pike Place Market and hung out our sign. I think we had five hammocks. In that festive atmosphere of hawkers and gawkers we somehow managed to sell a couple of hammocks in a week. Thinking we'd had enough of success, we then went on vacation to the beaches of Olympic National Park with our remaining inventory.
When explaining this “lifestyle” to my relatives back East, I told them that “people tend be a little more inventive when they land in this corner of the country.” This is a line I would repeat year after year as the parade of startups such as Microsoft, Costco, Starbucks, and Amazon emerged.
People are more inventive here. Interesting stuff pops up when you combine rain with a fertile ground of artists, Boeing engineers and Norwegian fishermen. We even planted the icon of inventiveness here—The Space Needle. The Needle and Seattle’s history of self invention is the subject what may be one of the best and most entertaining books of the year. We are very proud to host Mercer Island-born and -raised Jim Lynch for a reading and signing of his new book Truth Like the Sun on May 16th At 7pm. We tell and sell a lot of stories in our old bookstore and this one is very special. It’s our story. Don’t miss this evening!!!
Wed, May 16, 7:00pm: Reading and book signing with Jim Lynch, author of Truth Like the Sun
Fri, May 18, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
In honor of National Poetry Month, we sponsored a poetry contest (along with the Mercer Island Arts Council) on the theme of "What I Can Touch" that ran all April long. We received emails and took submissions over the counter throughout the month, and now that May is here, we're ready to announce the winners.
2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, as chronicled in the latest novel from Jim Lynch, Truth Like the Sun. He's visiting us in May, remember--don't miss it. Anyway, it's a good time to look back at the history of the metropolis.
Island Books hosts an open book club run by our staff facilitator that meets the last Thursday of each 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.
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