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May 2019 eNewsletter

"There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind—rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted."
—Willa Cather

May is one of our favorite months... the sun comes out, the store can open its door, and people come in to browse for summer reads. And though spring can be rejuvenating, we are hitting the ground running. April ended with our fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day, which crowned 636 champions who traveled all day to visit 21 bookstores. May began this past weekend at the Crosscut Festival, with two days of amazing authors on the Seattle University campus. Best of all, it ended with meeting and selling books for Valerie Jarrett. We were thrilled to be a part of it and to see so many of our customers attending, as well as stopping by to say hello!

If you haven’t heard yet, or read our recent blog by Kelleen, we’re excited to be selling books on Thursday, May 9th for the Seattle Arts and Lectures event featuring Melinda Gates and her new release The Moment of Lift. This book made me want to stand up and cheer, brought me to tears, and lifted me up. We can’t wait to hear what she has to say and hope you think to put this one on your to be read shelf.
While many of our events are happening offsite, we still have quite a few in the store including our new daytime book club, Brad Holden talking about Seattle Prohibition, Megan Griswold offering wisdom through her new memoir, Steve Toutonghi discussing Seattle in his newest sci-fi novel, and another Wine + Poetry reading with Savannah Slone and Jed Myers at Barrels Wine Bar. We can't wait to see you there.
It seems fitting that right before Mother’s Day is Teacher Appreciation Week because my mom was a teacher for 30 years. Hearing her classroom antics always made me laugh, but I know she worked very hard all those years. My kids have been fortunate enough to have had incredible teachers through preschool, elementary, middle, and high school (and now college!). We always have tried to instill in them a love of learning and are thankful to all the educators who inspire them. To celebrate the teachers on Mercer Island, we will have a special 20% off sale for you this coming Friday, May 10th along with a happy hour starting at 4pm. All Mercer Island educators are welcome.
I’ve been blessed with all the mothers in my life: an amazing mom, a truly wonderful mother-in-law, and so many friends who are incredible moms as well. You encourage me and help me find peace, humor, and sanity when I need it the most. Here's to the moms in my community...


...and the list goes on.

Have a wonderful Mothers Day!

Laurie Raisys

Featured Event: Steve Toutonghi, Author of Side Life

Steve Toutonghi will talk to us about his book Side Life and how he was able to expand the city of Seattle into his own unique sci-fi landscape. Toutonghi's novel asks the question, "What if every possibility of every life were within your reach?" Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur, house sits a Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. When Vin decides to enter a caskets he finds in a secret laboratory under the mansion, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life. Please join us as we delve into the dark landscape of his newest adventure.
Annual Bookmark Contest

Calling all artists! We love our iconic Island Books bookmark, but every year it’s fun to change it up. So, once again we’re announcing our annual bookmark design contest. Everyone is eligible to participate. There will be two categories this year, Kids, ages 12 and under and Teens/Adults and the two winning entries will be printed as special limited-edition bookmarks in full color!

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Daytime Open Book Club

Last month, we met to discuss what the book club was interested in reading. This month we talk about the book! For those of you interested in sharing your reading experiences and love drinking hot beverages, our daytime open book club is for you. Coffee and pastries will be served. The first meeting is May 20th at 10:30am, and we will be reading Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner.

Counter Intelligence: Cindy's Pick

This May, Cindy recommends Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Here are Cindy's words about the book coming out on May 14th:

"I have to say this novel is a standout! A gripping initial mystery—the kidnapping of two little girls on the remote Kamchatka peninsula in northeast Russia some time after the fall of the Soviet Union. The novel is organized month by month and reads like interlocked vignettes following the sisters' disappearance. Each vignette relates the tales of the ordinary existence of various women whose lives are impacted or not impacted in the wake of the shocking story of the kidnapping and disappearance of the girls. Plus a special bonus: An incredible, perfect, unexpected ending! And none of that even touches upon how aptly the author portrays nuanced depictions of the human condition: subtle grievances against the people we love, self-recrimination inherent in loss, casual sexism within our own genders, and outright racism and fear of the 'other.'"

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Reading-Related Rambles
In April (and a tiny bit of May), Lori meditated on poetry, and Kelleen meditated on writing poetry and reviewed The Moment of Lift. We also highlighted the fun events for Independent Bookstore Day!

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Upcoming Events

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

Thurs, May 9, 6:30pm:
Offsite: Melinda Gates, Author of The Moment of Lift

Fri, May 10, 4:00pm:
Teacher Appreciation Week Happy Hour

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

Sat, May 18, 4:00pm:
Brad Holden, Author of Seattle Prohibition

Mon, May 20, 10:30am:
Daytime Open Book Club: Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner

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

Sun, May 26, 3:00pm:
Megan Griswold, Author of The Book of Help

Tues, May 28, 6:00pm:
Steve Toutonghi, Author of Still Life

Wed, May 29, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, May 30, 6:00pm:
Offsite: Wine + Poetry w/ Jed Myers and Savannah Slone

Thurs, May 30, 7:00pm:
Open Book Club: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Mother's Day Delights

Lovely picks for kids celebrating the maternal figures in their lives!


Open Book Club 

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize medicine with a machine that would make blood testing significantly better. Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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.