Edmonds Booktalk

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Aug. 18 — Ivan Doig Day

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Aug. 18 — Ivan Doig Day

Happy August! Aug. 18, 2015 has been proclaimed Ivan Doig Day! To celebrate the official publication date of his final book. From his very first book, the nonfiction, “This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind,” published in 1978, Ivan quickly became a favorite at The Edmonds Bookshop. Legend has it that his very first book signing was held right here, and Betty Morrow, the Bookshop owner in... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Staff favorites for great summer reads

Edmonds Booktalk: Staff favorites for great summer reads

Happy July! A short list of suggestions for great summer reads: books to grab you, and take you away to a different time or place… Elaine’s recommendations: “The Martian” by Andy Weir. [paperback] The Parasol Protectorate series: “Soulless”, “Changeless”, “Blameless”, “Heartless” and “Timeless” by Gail Carriger. [all paperback] Mary Kay’s recommendations: “A Man Called Ove: A Novel” by Fredrik Bac... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Binge reading season begins

Edmonds Booktalk: Binge reading season begins

Happy June! So it rained June 1. As usual. Still. We are going to claim– it’s coming on summer! And I declare it to be: Binge Reading Season!! Time to get caught up on a favorite series, or maybe start a brand new one! What a great thing to have on your “things I accomplished this summer” list!! A few series that we love [alphabetical by author]: Lee Child. Series: Jack Reacher. Upcoming: Se... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday

Happy May! May 2, 2015. All day Saturday. Independent Bookstore Day. There are 17 Indie Bookstores in the greater Seattle area participating in the first National Independent Bookstore Day. All are participating in the passport contest, in which the winner can receive a $25 gift certificate to each participating bookstore. Check our Events Page for more information, including the list of the parti... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Short story suggestions for spring

Edmonds Booktalk: Short story suggestions for spring

Happy April! Spring officially sprung a week or so ago, it is definitely feeling warmer, even when it’s raining, and the best part: it is staying light out later, expanding our lovely days! What a perfect time to expand your reading horizons as well! I have overheard more than one of you say, “Oh, I don’t read short stories…” Well – now is the perfect time to expand your mind just a little bit and... »

Edmonds Booktalk: New spring books hitting the shelves

Edmonds Booktalk: New spring books hitting the shelves

Happy March! It has already been amazingly spring-like in our little corner of the world – we will take it! Once again, it becomes obvious that we live in the best place on earth! And so many good books to read – really, how could we want anything more?! The first couple of weeks of March have a great list of new spring books hitting the shelves — see below for some of the highlights! First ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Award-worthy books to add to your reading list

Edmonds Booktalk: Award-worthy books to add to your reading list

It’s award season! The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award winners have been announced, the National Book Critics Circle Finalists for publishing year 2014 were announced, and The Newbery & Caldecott Medal and Honor winners should be announced any day now. [Visit the Edmonds Bookshop website for the lists!] It’s also movie award season! And this year, so many of the movies that are/were nomina... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons in 2015

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons in 2015

Happy New Year!! Just to help … let’s make this one of your resolutions: Expand your reading horizons. We will start with finding you to read something in the SciFi and/or Fantasy realm. You are probably already reading things that technically qualify, they just aren’t advertised that way… we won’t tell anyone…. and we will be happy [so happy!] to help you find new things to read. Here are a handf... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Just in time for gift-giving — top 10 Edmonds Bookshop bestsellers

Edmonds Booktalk: Just in time for gift-giving — top 10 Edmonds Bookshop bestsellers

In the last couple of weeks we have been asked what the bestsellers for the year have been… we all knew that “The Boys in the Boat” was far and away No. 1, but we weren’t sure what else… so…we checked! We all found it very interesting, and I thought you might, too. The list has a great variety: Four nonfiction titles [“The Boys in the Boat” hit the list in both hardcover and paperback!]; two young... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Hooray — an extra hour to read!

Edmonds Booktalk: Hooray — an extra hour to read!

The first weekend in November has the best night of the year: We get to turn our clocks back an entire hour! And you know what that means – an entire extra hour to read! You don’t _have_ to wake up at 2 a.m., change the clocks to 1 a.m., and then read for your bonus hour…. But it is kind of fun to do it that way!! [if you don’t need to be awake early on Sunday, of course!] In case you need suggest... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to break out fall book awards, favorite authors

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to break out fall book awards, favorite authors

Welcome to Fall! I realize it gets darker and wetter, but really, all that means is more time inside to read! And this time of year often brings fantastic new books from authors we already love, and others that may soon make our short lists. A great place to start is Mary Ann Gwinn’s column “Fall books: 37 new titles to add to your reading list.” And soon, there will be a couple of new liter... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for some late summer reading

Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for some late summer reading

Just because it’s already Labor Day doesn’t mean you have to give up on your Summer Reading! All kinds of great books and series have been quite popular this summer, and there is still plenty of time to read! Great series for young readers: “The Last Dogs” by Christopher Holt. Book #4, “Journey’s End,” was just released June 1. “Imaginary Veterinary” by Suzanne Selfors. Book # 4, “The Order ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reading fun — books that are also movies

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reading fun — books that are also movies

One more month of official summer! One more month of reading anything you want! [not that you have to have an excuse to read whatever you want, whenever you want, but in case you do …!] How about getting caught up on books that are being turned into movies? “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” have already opened in theaters – and the books are definitely worth reading! And here is a partial l... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Memories of an amazing woman who championed authors

Edmonds Booktalk: Memories of an amazing woman who championed authors

An amazing woman, whom I was privileged to call a friend, died at the end of May. Not such an upbeat topic for a book column, I realize, but bear with me. She is a huge reason that I am privileged to write this column. A long and winding road of family and friends and college jobs and different bookshops and different owners, and 40 years… which all lead, oh so happily, right back to The Edmonds B... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Sizzling summer reads and author visits

Edmonds Booktalk: Sizzling summer reads and author visits

Edmonds Booktalk is sponsored by Edmonds Bookshop, located at 111 5th Ave. S. Read to the end for a special offer.   Look at that: We made it to June! Lovely weather forecast for the first week – we may get spoiled! Get ready for graduations, Father’s Day, and summer vacations! Luckily the publishing industry has our best interest at heart and great books, brand new, and new in paperback. Whe... »

Edmonds Booktalk: May means it’s time for warm-weather reading

Edmonds Booktalk: May means it’s time for warm-weather reading

It’s May! My second-favorite month of the year… not only does it start getting to be top-down weather [yay! Top down in the Jeep!], but there is also a fantastic list of new books coming in late spring and summer from some of my favorite authors to read on vacation! Or on the deck! A few titles I am particularly looking forward to in the next few months: “The Painter: A Novel” by Peter Heller. New... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy Spring! The sun, when it makes an appearance, feels warm. The tulips in my flower pot are blooming. And it is light out — clear until after 7p.m., even! Don’t you love that part? April is National Poetry Month. And we will be celebrating at The Bookshop. For our Third Thursday Art Walk festivities we will have many poets in the house, reading their very own poetry, live! To us! See jus... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating Dr. Seuss all month long

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating Dr. Seuss all month long

March! 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... »

Edmonds Booktalk: 2014 book award winners announced

Edmonds Booktalk: 2014 book award winners announced

Welcome to February. Which means, you survived January! Always a good omen for the year ahead…! Book award season starts as early as all the TV and movie awards do. We already have the 2014 winners of the PNBA Awards, The Caldecott, and The Newberry. The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the year’s most distinguished contributio... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Ring in the new year with a good book — or several

Edmonds Booktalk: Ring in the new year with a good book — or several

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! We start with a moment of quiet reflection for a few of the famous, prolific authors we lost in the past year… Elmore Leonard, 87, whose stylish crime novels were fodder for several movies; best-selling author Tom Clancy, 66, who penned high-tech, Cold War thrillers; Doris Lessing, 94, a Nobel Prize winner; Seamus Heaney, 74, the Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner. ... »

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