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September 2018 eNewsletter

"'Sleep is good," he said. 'And books are better.'"
—George R.R. Martin

September came quickly this year. My house is practically empty with two kids gone and two trying to squeeze in every last bit of summer. As the days end, I still love sitting on the deck to read, trying to get my last moments in too.

At Island Books we try to keep it fun, even as fall sets in and life demands more serious endeavors. During September we are proud to be major sponsors of two local events. This Thursday we will be attending Novels and Notables at McCaw Hall, featuring Nancy Pearl, Tom Douglas, Angela Garbes and Dave Sims. On Friday the 9th, the annual Mercer Island Art Uncorked event will take place featuring fun, food, music art and wine.

September also means back to school. Victor and I have two of our kids back at college and both of our younger two are full-on high schoolers. Even Miriam's bookstore twins are going to kindergarten! Its been fun to watch our younger Island Books friends come in and share with us how excited they are to start school. We've been selling many August-to-August planners to keep kids and parents organized and a variety of journals, pencils, and pencil pouches for everyone else. 

Also on the agenda: Island Books will turn 45 this fall! In the spirit of keeping it fun, we have plans to celebrate in a big way. On September 17th, we'll begin our 45 Days Until 45 Years, which means every day for 45 days leading up to our birthday on November 1st we'll have a special deal or happening at Island Books. Look for details on our Facebook page, website, and in the store.

On both a sad (for us) and exciting front, James Crossley, one of our shared voices of the blog, bookseller extraordinaire, and lover of all books and people who enjoy them, will be leaving the Island Books team this month. He has an amazing opportunity too good to pass up as the general manager of the new Madison Park Books opening up this fall. While we are feeling sorry for ourselves, because let’s be honest we have taken our share of losses this year, we are thrilled for him and the community of Madison Park. James, we're wishing you the best and please know you'll be greatly missed. 

Is that a school bell I hear ringing in the distance? As it calls you towards responsibilities and busier schedules, remember we're always here to remind you: keep it fun.

Laurie Raisys

September Featured Event:
Suzanne Selfors, Author of Wish Upon a Sleepover and Kevan Atteberry, Author of I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas

We're delighted to welcome bestselling authors Suzanne Selfors and Kevan Atteberry to Island Books. They're throwing a pajama party to celebrate Suzanne's Wish Upon a Sleepover, her new middle grade novel about a group of misfits who find true friendship where they least expect it, and Kevan's I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas, a monstrously tender and silly tale guaranteed to elicit lots of giggles and monster hugs. Wear your pajamas and slippers and get ready for some fun!


Adult Categories: 2018 Washington State Book Awards Finalists

The Washington State Book Awards are given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year. Here are this year's finalists in the Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, and Biography and Memoir categories. You can also see which authors have visited Island Books here.

The 2018 Washington State Book Awards celebration is Saturday, October 13, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Seattle. This event is free and open to all!


Pig Out For a Good Cause!

Own a piece of literary history by bidding on a piggy bank created especially to help booksellers and their families in times of crisis. Over 100 piggy banks decorated by your favorite authors and illustrators from Garth Stein to Jim Lynch to James Patterson to Celeste Ng and more! Garth's pig is pictured below--maybe he's missed his calling? Click below to check out these amazing piggy banks and bid often and bid high! Bidding opens 9/9 @ 12 noon EST and closes 9/15 at 12 noon EST.


Counter Intelligence: Miriam's September Pick

Miriam self-indulgently recommends The Diary of an Independent Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, a funny and fascinating memoir of Bythell's experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland's largest second hand bookstore--and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, odd townsfolk and surreal buying trips that make up his life there.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In August, we examined art both in literature and closer to home, gave readers a glimpse of the upcoming titles we're excited about, took note of the finalists for the Washington State Book Awards who have visited our store, and previewed our fall plans for Open Book Club.

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Upcoming Events

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

Thurs, Sept 6, 7:00pm: 
KCTS Novels and Notables Sponsorship Event

Fri, Sept 7, 6:00pm: 
Mercer Island Art Uncorked

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

Sat, Sept 15, 6:00pm: 
PJ Story Time with Simon Okelo and Nancy Stewart

Mon, Sept 17, 9:00am: 
Island Books: 45 Days until 45 Years!

Sun, Sept 16, 5:30pm: 
Suzanne Selfors, Author of Wish Upon a Sleepover and Kevin Attebery,Author of I Love You More than the Smell of Swamp Gas

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

Sun, Sept 23, 2:00pm: 
Local Author Festival

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

Thurs, Sept 27, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Sun, Sept 30, 4:30pm: 
Robert Spalding, Author of Monumental Seattle

Youth Categories: 2018 Washington State Book Awards Finalists

Here are this year's finalists in the Picture Book, Books for Early Readers (ages 6-8), Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8-12), and Books for Young Adults (ages 13-18) categories.


Open Book Club

For our September Open Book Club, we'll be reading Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, a meticulously researched account of a widespread conspiracy against the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma.

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.