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November 2012 eNewsletter

"I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot." —Bill Gates

I get up most days and try to be a curmudgeonly bookseller but this fall has me mumbling that this has to be the most wonderful and colorful season in a very long time. Is it my fading eyesight that makes everything blur together into a joyful riot of orange, red, and yellow? Or am I getting soft,
and starting to realize each day we get is a swell gift to savor? Whatever it is, the over-used greeting card word gratitude has been rolling around in my heart in a very real way. Garry who works here calls it "being hungry for life." On that note a list from the owner's corner:

We are grateful to be celebrating our store birthday. 39 years on Nov 1st.


We are grateful for this warm, funny, entertaining, and enthusiastic community.


We are grateful for the young and the old, who usually don’t have smart phones and seem to have time for our stories in the store.


We are grateful for the rain, long nights, and familiar chairs.


We are grateful for the opportunity to give back through our bookfairs to those schools and parents who have spread the gospel of reading and the pleasures of Captain Underpants and Babar.


We are grateful for our steadfast and savvy staff, Cindy, Garry, Lori, Kay, Marni, James, Marilyn, Miriam, and our conscripted children Emma and Lewis.


We are grateful for books, our beloved companions and guides. We are grateful for the excess of  the holidays: stacks of books, platters of food, feasts of friends.


We are grateful to have enough and sometimes plenty.


The tables are set. Please join us. 

Roger Page
Owner and Bookseller


National Book AwardsNational Book Awards

The Nominees

Here's the list of the finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards in the fiction and nonfiction categories. The winners will be announced on November 14th.



Hand-Picked Gifts

You probably already know that Island Books has been serving readers on the island and off for almost forty years, but you may not realize that it's also the best place around for other kinds of gift-giving.



Essential Recipes for ThanksgivingEssential Recipes for Thanksgiving

Holiday Cooking

You might be going to your grandmother's house for Thanksgiving, or maybe you're the grandmother and the family's coming to you. Or maybe you're bringing a potluck dish to a dinner for singletons and unattached out-of-towners. One way or another, the grub should be good. Take inspiration from the season's best cookbooks.



Children's Winter TalesChildren's Winter Tales

The Kids Are All Right

As the weather cools off, reading heats up. Here are the latest titles from the children's section that will keep weather-induced boredom at bay.



Store Journal

Messages in a Bottle

If you haven't been reading our blog, you've missed out on reports about the latest Nobel and Booker Prize winners, a review from our new roving correspondent of the latest J.K. Rowling novel, and some artistic reinterpretations of the not-so-humble book.

By the way, did you know you can get our Store Journal by email?



Ways to Give Back

Books to Capture the Eye

Publishers know that you want to feast your eyes as well as your stomach during the holiday season. Take a gander at these beautiful volumes that enhance decor and widen the mind all at once.



Counter IntelligenceCounter Intelligence

Garry's November Pick: 

Game, Set, Match

We read a lot, and despite ourselves, we're guilty of playing favorites. For example, this month Garry's excited about the re-release of Len Deighton's international espionage trilogy: Berlin Game, Mexico Set, London Match. Click below to see other November recommendations from our top-notch booksellers.

See More Staff Picks


Island Books

3014 78th Ave. SE

MI, WA 98040

(206) 232-6920

Store Hours

Mon-Wed: 9:30 - 7:00

Thurs: 9:30 - 8:00

Fri: 9:30 - 7:00

Sat: 9:30 - 6:00

Sun: 11:00 - 5:00


Island Books

Upcoming Events
Wed, Nov 7, 6:30pm: Pixie Hill Preschool Book Fair
Thu, Nov 8, 7:30pm: Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Fri, Nov 9, all day: West Mercer Elementary School Book Fair
Thu, Nov 15, 6:30pm: Mercer Island High School Book Fair
Sat, Nov 17, all day: St. Thomas School Book Fair
Tue, Nov 20, 7:30pm: Y.A.B.F.A.B.: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Tue, Nov 27, all day: Island Park Elementary School Book Fair
Wed, Nov 28, all day: Lakeridge Elementary School Book Fair
Thurs, Nov 29, 6:30pm: Emmanuel Day School Book Fair
Thurs, Nov 29, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard @ Stopsky's Delicatessen
Sat, Dec 1, 6:30pm: PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart

Book Fairs

Book Fairs

Every fall we host book fairs to raise money for our local schools. Mark your calendar accordingly and come join us! See Details

Open Book Club

Island Books hosts an open book club 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. And don't forget about our Young Adult book club!


20% Off Indie Bestsellers

Catch up on the titles dominating the indie bestseller lists and save 20% when you order online.



Did you know you can download ebooks and read them instantly from our website? We have a brand-new partner and more options than ever!

Read on your desktop, smart phone, tablet, or dedicated reading device. Don't have one? We can even sell one to you!

Click through for more information, or just drop in to find out in person. You'll be glad you did.