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November 2017 eNewsletter

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

—Ernest Hemingway

Thanksgiving is my holiday. It’s always been my favorite; food, family, and of course a little football. Growing up, my dad and I would go for a run on Thanksgiving morning so we could enjoy more food without the guilt! We never thought about decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving was good and over. So you can imagine how disconcerting it was two years ago when I bought Island Books and had to think about buying for Christmas and Hanukkah in June! Nowadays, I have to break my own rules and decorate the store for the holidays on November 1st. So I can't help but feel festive already.

Last year we started a fun project that I hope will become an annual Island Books Thanksgiving tradition. We hand-picked books we’ve personally enjoyed from around the store, wrapped them up with a personal note, and drove them around the island to hide our own gems of happiness. This year, we'll be posting clues on social media about where we're dropping presents, so stay tuned and see if you can find them. 

November brings some special events including visits from local author Steven Wells, members of the Crazy Horse family, and Nancy Pearl, who will be in conversation with Miriam and James (read our blog about Nancy's upcoming visit here). Everyone is welcome at these events, and even when we expect a big crowd we will host as many as possible. Expect our policy to be first come, first seated. 

Book fairs are another big highlight of this month. Last year we donated over $17,000 to Mercer Island schools and we cannot wait to host these community fundraisers again.

And of course there are so many books to celebrate this fall. Besides all the great fiction and nonfiction, there are cookbooks like Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet, picture books like Kate Hoefler's Great Big Things, inspiration like Oprah’s The Wisdom of Sundays, and home design like Moorea Seal’s Make Yourself at Home to enjoy. There aren’t enough waking hours to get through them all!

As we enter the holiday season I am reminded of how thankful I am for this community and all you share with us. Thank you to my bookstore family, my four amazing kids, and my husband who puts up with me every day.

Gobble Gobble to you and yours!

Laurie Raisys


It's Book Fair Season!

Every fall since 1986, we’ve hosted book fairs to raise money for our local schools. At these events you can get your holiday shopping done, meet other parents and friends, and maybe have a glass of wine and some appetizers. Best of all, we’ll donate 20% of our sales directly to the schools. The more you buy, the more we give. 


Children's Books to Be Thankful For

At this time of year, gratitude is the best attitude. Read what some of our most beloved children's book characters have to say on the subject of Thanksgiving via this month's seasonal list.


Native Voices

We're celebrating native stories this month, in honor of a special visit on Sunday, November 12th. We're excited to welcome Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle, along with author William Matson, to discuss their book, Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy.


Destination of the Month: Turkey

Straddling two continents as well as the historical divide that separates antiquitity from the present day, Turkey is one of the most vibrant and important nations on earth. Accordingly, the same is true of its literature. Explore the many moods of Istanbul and its surroundings through our list of the best Turkish fact and fiction.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Laurie's November Pick

Laurie's recently enjoyed bestselling author John Grisham's newest legal thriller, The Rooster Barabout three third-year law students who discover they've been duped by their law school. Together they plot a way to escape their crushing debt and expose the scam, but to do so, they have to leave law school, pretend they are qualified, and go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI. 

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In October, we profiled Nancy Pearl's new novel and how our upcoming event with her came to be, discussed Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Prize in Literature win, and gave away a pile of Yotam Ottolenghi's bestselling cookbooks.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Nov 1, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Nov 2, 10:00am: 
West Mercer Elementary Book Fair at Island Books

Fri, Nov 3, 6:00pm: 
Learning Lab Book Fair at Island Books

Sat, Nov 4, 6:00pm: 
PJ Story Time with Norm Brecke and Nancy Stewart

Mon, Nov 6, 6:30pm: 
Steven M. Wells, Author of Yes Means Yes

Tues, Nov 7, 9:00am: 
Island Park Elementary Book Fair at Island Books

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

Thurs, Nov 9, 10:00am: 
Patti's Play Center Book Fair at Island Books

Sun, Nov 12, 2:00pm: 
Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy

Mon, Nov 13, 6:30pm: 
Nancy Pearl, Author of George and Lizzie

Tues, Nov 14, 9:00am: 
Islander Middle School Book Fair at Island Books

Wed, Nov 15, 10:00am: 
Pixie Hill Preschool Book Fair at Island Books

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

Thurs, Nov 16, 9:30am: 
Lakeridge Elementary Book Fair at Island Books

Fri, Nov 17, 9:00am: 
Northwood Elementary Book Fair at Island Books

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

Tues, Nov 28, 9:00am: 
St. Monica Book Fair at Island Books

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

Thurs, Nov 30, 9:00am: 
SJCC Early Childhood School Book Fair at Island Books

Thurs, Nov 30, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Open Book Club

For our November Open Book Club, we'll be reading Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, a compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream.

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.