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September 2016 eNewsletter

"When asked for the details of an ideal date,
I answered,
'I want him to take me to a book store, so he can see just how happy I can be.'"
—Camille Cabujat
Autumn is my favorite season. At times I feel like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music when I list off my favorite things of fall: the start of school, football, the leaves changing colors, sweaters, wearing closed-toe shoes, and curling up by the fire with a good book. It's a brisk and colorful time of year when families return from vacations and settle into new routines. The bookstore, with its big September titles and shiny new toys, seems to glow with renewed energy.

The fall starts a new season at Island Books. There are good events happening in the store we don’t want you to miss. We do our best to keep you in the loop with this newsletter, our blogwebsiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter, but most of all we want you to see first hand what's happening when you walk in the store. We have a new space which will be updated with a monthly calendar of events and copies for you to take home so you can add what interests you to your own personal calendar.

There's a special evening planned on Tuesday 9/13with veteran sales reps Katie Mehan and David Glenn from Penguin Random House. They'll be here to discuss their most anticipated books for fall and offer book club recommendations. They're both incredibly knowledgeable and it's great fun to talk books with them. Former Seattle Sounder midfielder Michael Tetteh will be here on Sunday 9/18 speaking on his book Giftocracy, and on Wednesday 9/20 we'll have local treasure Kurt Dammeier cooking in the store for our Cookbook Book Club (you might know some of his Seattle-based food businesses like Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Pasta & Co, and Bennett’s Restaurant). With regular Storybook Corners and our monthly book club on its new Thursday night time, there's a plethora of reasons to come on in.

And that's just September. October will bring our local author festival and an event with local celebrity Joel McHale. November is our annual month of school book fairs and we'll host a girl's night in. I'm especially looking forward to a Saturday December 3rd event: the-author-everyone-wishes-was-her-best-friend Maria Semple will speak and read from her new novel, Today Will be Different. Get that one on your calendar now.

As your fall agenda fills up, make space for memorable times at Island Books. Let's enjoy this special season together.

Laurie Raisys

Election Reading

If the constant news coverage isn't enough to satiate your fascination with this bizarre election cycle, these titles will further illuminate the current state of affairs and help pass the time until Election Day.


Campus Chronicles

As the not-quite-kids-anymore head off to college, it seems like a good time to revisit some of these epic stories of university life.


Destination of the Month: Sicily

It's September and fall is definitely on the way, but there's still time for a visit to a fabulous, sun-drenched island. We're talking about Sicily, of course, famous for its food, its volcanoes, and its unmatched blend of historical influences that stretch back to antiquity. Use our book list to travel vicariously to the Crossroads of the Meditteranean.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Laurie's September Pick

Carolyn Parker's new novel, Harmony, has an idiosyncratic premise and Laurie recommends it. What happens when a family with a behaviorally challenged child decides to go off the grid and join a special camp, created to help families with "difficult" kids? This special novel is unlike anything else you'll read this year. Read Miriam's longer review here

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

Our August blog posts included a look at the NFL's recent focus on book clubs,  James's special report on books and reading abroad, Miriam's review of Carolyn Parkhurst's Harmony, and a group discussion about Oprah's latest book club pick, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.

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Upcoming Events

Mon, Sept 5: 
Closed for Labor Day

Wed, Sept 7, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, Sept 13, 7:00pm:
Fall Publisher Preview with David Glenn and Katie Mehan from Random House

Wed, Sept 14, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Sun, Sept 18, 4:00pm:
Michael Tetteh, author of Giftocracy

Tues, Sept 20, 6:30pm:
David Horowitz Poetry Reading

Wed, Sept 21, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Sept 21, 7:00pm: 
Cookbook Book Club with Kurt Dammeier

Sun, Sept 25, 10:00am: 
Hooked on Books

Wed, Sept 28, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Sept 29, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: More Was Lost by Eleanor Perenyi

September Picks for Kids & Teens

 Lillian is our expert in the children's department, and here are the new books she's most excited about this month.


Open Book Club

Our September book club will discuss the classic memoir More Was Lost by Eleanor Perenyi, a chronicle of her youth abroad, marriage to a Hungarian baron, and the devastating effects of WWII on their family and friends.

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.