Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating Dr. Seuss all month long

cat in  hatMarch! We are going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday [March 2nd] all month long here in downtown Edmonds! And The Cat in the Hat will be in town helping!

Comstock Jewelers, Revelations Yogurt and The Edmonds Bookshop are committing the entire month of March to collecting as many new and gently used children’s books as we can to donate to at-risk children in the State of Washington. [Donation boxes at all 3 businesses] New books will be distributed through Page Ahead and gently used, unmarked books will be donated through Treehouse, an organization dedicated to providing resources to foster children.

March 1. Saturday all day. Read Across America, in Edmonds! To celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday we will be reading in the window: sign up in the Bookshop for a 30 minute stint. And be on the lookout for The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1, and probably, Thing 2 wandering about town Saturday! Join the celebration going on at Revelations Yogurt all day Saturday as well. They are hosting Edmonds School District folks reading throughout the day!

To encourage donating new books [and to thank our fantastic community for being as generous as we know you all are!!] The Edmonds Bookshop will give you a 20 percent discount all month for any kids books purchased to donate.

Donors will be rewarded with entries for two drawings each time they donate! The drawing at Comstock Jewelers will be for a fine jewelry item, and the drawing at Revelations Yogurt will be for a $5 gift card and a free cup of coffee. Donors may enter at either or both locations each day that they bring donated books!

What age should we buy books for, you ask? Brian Comstock recommends: Books can be for any age, but the most ideal are books for ages 6 and under, such as picture books and board books.

…and of course, we are really happy to recommend old favorites [and new favorites] if you don’t know what to buy!
Bonus Cat in the Hat appearance! The Cat in the Hat will pose for photos and read to any children who stop by The Edmonds Bookshop on Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.

More March Events at The Edmonds Bookshop
round houseMarch 6 & 19. Our March Book Club title is “The Round House: A Novel” by Louise Erdrich. One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Plague of Doves,” transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. “The Round House” won the National Book Award for fiction.

You can find more details about this title and the list of our book choices for the first half of the year, on our Book Club page.

paradiseMarch 20. 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk. Join us to meet local author, Margot Page and talk to her about her first book “Paradise Imperfect: An American family moves to the Costa Rican mountains.” Visit her website [http://www.margot-page.com/] for all kinds of info and the story behind the story! Light snacks and beverages will be served.

Recent book releases of note:
“Bark” by Lorrie Moore. Her first collection in 15 years, and PW’s review says it’s just as funny and heartbreaking as her fans are hoping for.

“The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” by Elizabeth Kolbert. A riveting journalistic inquiry into the radical changes mankind is reeking on Earth. New [2/16/14] review in The Seattle Times.

“The Museum of Extraordinary Things : A Novel” by Alice Hoffman. This new historical novel from the bestselling author features a girl, displayed by her father in a freak show, who falls in love with a boy runaway from a stifling home. Freak shows, fires and true love: what else do we need? New [2/16/14] review in The Seattle Times.

“Moving Target: An Ali Reynolds Novel” by J.A. Jance. This latest from our local bestselling author, sends Ali on a transatlantic adventure and straight into the path of a ruthless killer.

“The Good Luck of Right Now” by Matthew Quick. The New York Times bestselling author of “The Silver Linings Playbook” offers a story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere.

“Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir” by Penelope Lively. A masterly and deeply human memoir by the Man Booker Prize-winning British novelist. New review in The Seattle Times here.

“The Martian” by Andy Weir. A dust storm strands astronaut Mark Watney on Mars and forces his landing crew to abandon the mission and return to Earth in Weir’s excellent first novel, an SF thriller. Chosen for IndieBound.

For older teen readers
“Grasshopper Jungle” by Andrew Smith. In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, 6-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things: and eat is the 2nd thing. …. Filled with gonzo black humor, Smith’s outrageous tale makes serious points about scientific research done in the name of patriotism and profit, and the often out-of-control sexuality of 16-year-old boys. –Publishers Weekly, starred review

For middle grade readers
“Wildwood Imperium: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book III” by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. The stunning third book in the bestselling fantasy-adventure. A young girl’s midnight séance awakens a long-slumbering malevolent spirit. . . . A band of runaway orphans allies with an underground collective of saboteurs and plans a daring rescue of their friends. . . . Two old friends draw closer to their goal of bringing together a pair of exiled toy makers. . . . All as the fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance.

And books of note coming soon:
gemini“Gemini” by Carol Cassella. The new, set in Seattle, novel from a local [Bainbridge Island] author! Visit her website for all kinds of information about her previous books [and her two sets of twins!]. Chosen for March IndieBound. March 4

“All Our Names” by Dinaw Mengestu. A love story about a searing affair between an American woman and an African man in 1970s America from a New Yorker “20 Under 40” winner and MacArthur fellow. March 4

“The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel” by Benjamin Black. Black (aka John Banville) resurrects Raymond Chandler’s L.A. PI Philip Marlowe for a new adventure on the mean streets of Bay City, Calif. March 4

“The Edge of the Water: Edge of Nowhere Book 2” by Elizabeth George. March 11

“Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles Book 4” by Jeffrey Archer. Book #3: “Best Kept Secret” was published in paperback in November of 2013. March 11.

“The Accident” by Chris Pavone. The contents of “The Accident”, a manuscript submission by an anonymous author, shock New York literary agent Isabel Reed, who worries that the revelations of this nonfiction work about Charlie Wolfe, a global media baron, pose a real danger. The new book from the author of staff favorite and Edgar winner, “The Expats.” Chosen for March IndieBound. March 11

“Songs of Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford. Chosen for IndieBound. In paperback! March 11

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news!

Happy reading!

– By Elaine Mattson

Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”

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