After school starts we get a wave of moms entering the bookstore in a cheerful daze, as though they have completed some kind of exhausting summer parenting marathon and are now coasting toward a quiet meadow in search of a satisfying read (and perhaps a glass of wine).
This makes me think of a mother bear and her two cubs I saw on the trail in September a couple of years ago. This mother was not relaxing. She was desperately trying to stuff as much grass into her mouth as she could. Winter was coming and the berry season had been poor. I watched her for an hour, stocking up, and her paws and eyes never stopped moving.
for me is the beginning of the "never stop moving" retail season. New
books are piling in the door and we are reading, shelving, sharing, and
selling as fast as we can. Our quiet meadow is January. Right now
everyone is reading The Orchardist and Where'd You Go, Bernadette.
Next week it will be Michael Chabon and Lee Child's newest. Then
Kingsolver, Rowling, Rushdie, and Follett. I have never seen such a
packed fall. James has a list below of new fall books, but my advice is
to just stop in once a week to see what has arrived ... and keep
stocking up. Winter's on the way!
Thurs, Sept 27, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
Sun, Sept 30, 4:00pm: Kimberly Foster, author of The Clover Tree
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.
Catch up on the titles dominating the indie bestseller lists and save 20% when you order online.
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"Books are a uniquely portable magic." —Stephen King