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October 2016 eNewsletter

"Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party." —Roy Blount, Jr.

October. A month I love for many reasons. As a kid I was never very good at Halloween, except for the candy, but loved how the teachers could always decorate the room with beautiful leaves and pumpkins. The colors were fabulous, just like the trees that line the streets on Mercer Island. It’s truly fall and everyone wants to make soup and sit on the couch and read books. There are many new cookbooks out this month as well as some highly anticipated new fiction and nonfiction.

This month of the year is always special for me, because in October of 1993 I met my husband Victor. We married 3 years later, in October. It will be 20 years at the end of this month. In those 20 years, we’ve had 4 children and 3 dogs and lived in 2 states and 5 houses. There are countless novels on complex family journeys, like the Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen, The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, or even Maria Semple's new novel, Today will Be Different. Maria picked the perfect title for her new book, because "Today Will Be Different" is a mantra I’ve come to live by as I wake up each morning, write up my to-do list, and try to be my best self for my husband, my family, my friends, my staff, and every customer who walks in the door of Island Books.

October also brings the Best of Western Washington voting season at King 5. Island Books has been nominated in the category of Best Bookstore. We hope you'll take as much pride in your community bookstore as we do and we would love your vote. We are grateful to all who find the time to go to and support us.

There are a number of exciting events coming up in the store. Check out the upcoming events box in this newsletter, our website, or in-store calendar for further details about our Local Author Fest, a visit from The Letter Farmer, a Trunk Show featuring items from Elk, Graf & Lanz, Newgate watches and a wine tasting, our Open Book Club discussing Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and then to finish the month off with a bang, local celebrity Joel McHalewill be stopping by to sign and speak on his book and share a few witty experiences. Mark your calendars!

Stop by the store on Halloween; we’ll have candy all day long for trick-or-treaters! Happy October!


Laurie Raisys

Support Your Favorite Bookstore

 Voting is open for Best of Western Washington until October 30th. Vote for Island Books as Best Bookstore and enter to win a new car!


Halloween Costume Inspiration

Struggling to find the perfect holiday garb? Try dressing up as some of the memorable characters from these books.


New Arrivals in Fiction and Nonfiction

At this very moment, we're making room on our shelves for these sure-to-be-hot new titles.


Destination of the Month: New England

Fall colors and fall fiction make us nostalgic for New England, a beautiful place to watch the seasons come and go. We share some of our favorite New England titles below. If you can't get all the way to the northeast corner of the country in person, pack a few of these books in your bag, point the car up Chuckanut Drive, watch the leaves fall, and dream.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Cindy's and James's October Pick

This month, Cindy and James both enthusiastically recommend Shelter in Place by Alexander Maksik, a literary novel set in the Pacific Northwest. It's the story of a young man developing bipolar disorder while falling in love and coping with his mother serving jail time for a murder. We greatly enjoyed this story about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In September, we reviewed a new biography of John Aubrey, a fascinating writer who pioneered the biography as an art form, discussed some new offerings to improve personal service at Island Books, and took a closer look at books by and about the godmother of contemporary urbanism, Jane Jacobs.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Oct 5, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, Oct 9, 2:00pm: 
Local Author Festival

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Sun, Oct 16, 11:00am:
Gratitude: A Letter Writing Event

Wed, Oct 19, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, Oct 25, 7:00pm: 
Trunk Show at Island Books

Wed, Oct 26, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Oct 27, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Sat, Oct 29, 12:00pm: 
Film & TV Star Joel McHale, author of Thanks for the Money

Spooky Tales for Kids & Teens

In October, we always welcome a fresh flood of Halloween-flavored reading. Here are our favorites.


Fall Cooking

Cooler weather means time for warm dishes and new ideas in the kitchen.


Open Book Club

Our October book club will discuss Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff's bestselling novel about about love, revenge, and the deeper impact of our most intimate relationships.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every 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.


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.