Edmonds Booktalk

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. ... »

Edmonds Book Talk: Novel ideas for the holidays

Edmonds Book Talk: Novel ideas for the holidays

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for lots and lots of little white lights and other festiveness everywhere! That makes the long dark nights, oh, so much better! We start with book award-related news: On Nov. 20, the National Book Awards were announced. A few of the winners are: • Fiction: James McBride, “The Good Lord Bird” • Nonfiction: George Packer, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New Am... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Fall is in the air, and so are new books

Edmonds Booktalk: Fall is in the air, and so are new books

There is something in the air this fall. Several of our longtime favorite authors have new books coming out in the next month or so. Some are continuing longtime series; some are revisiting characters that they introduced to us many years ago. Here are the ones that are making my stack, oh, so much higher! Stephen King. His new novel, “Doctor Sleep,” revisits our young hero from “The Shining.” 36 ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Book award season could hold some surprises

Edmonds Booktalk: Book award season could hold some surprises

October already! And as you may have suspected, September was a record setting month of rain. October is starting out just a tad blustery and damp… a tad… heh. Hold on. Buy batteries for those flashlights, and get a book [or three] to read by candle- & flash- light! Just in case. The end-of-the–year book award season has begun… and there has been some juicy controversy…always fun! The most con... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Lots to look forward to for fall reading list

Edmonds Booktalk: Lots to look forward to for fall reading list

September. Ready or not. I am not. Don’t get me wrong, I love September. Truly, I love September. But. I am really not ready for it to be here already! Not nearly enough top-down in the Jeep days! The saving grace — and it seems to get better every year—is the amazing list of books getting published this fall. Here is partial list of the ones I am most looking forward to: “Never Go Back: A Jack Re... »

Edmonds Booktalk: A little light reading for longer summer days

Edmonds Booktalk: A little light reading for longer summer days

Let the record show: Summer started before July 4th this year! How about some light, fun and funny reading to take out into the sun with you? Spencer Quinn: his series of Chet & Bernie mysteries is great. Chet the dog, and Bernie his human, who is an often down-on-his-luck private investigator, find themselves involved in all kinds of crazy situations. The stories are told by Chet. Very well d... »

Edmonds Booktalk for June: Great reads for dads, grads

Edmonds Booktalk for June: Great reads for dads, grads

June 2013 already! Are you ready? Do you have a busy June ahead of you? Any graduations? Any fathers to celebrate? Here is a short list of new titles that would make great gifts: Non-fiction: “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945: Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy” by Rick Atkinson. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes concludes his series with this superb work combining ... »

Edmonds Booktalk for May: Great books for sunny weekend ahead

Edmonds Booktalk for May: Great books for sunny weekend ahead

By Elaine Mattson Welcome May 2013! Rumor has it that the first weekend is even going to be nice and sunny. What more could we want? Oooh, I know! How about a great book, recently out in paperback? For you or your mom! Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 12… cannot stress the “do not forget” part enough! A short list of staff favorites [come see us for even more suggestions!]: “The Orchardist: A Nov... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Just for kids — books from your favorite authors

Edmonds Booktalk: Just for kids — books from your favorite authors

By Elaine Mattson Spring has officially arrived, and there have even been moments that the sun actually feels warm! Aaaah… time for a well-deserved Spring Break, official or not! But what to read? What for the kids to read? Did you know that a lot of your favorite authors also write books for kids? It’s true! So, if you like their writing, maybe the kids will too: Carl Hiaasen weaves his wacky tal... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Long story short, take a second look at collections

Edmonds Booktalk: Long story short, take a second look at collections

By Elaine Mattson Apparently short stories are the new big thing! Either anthologies, a collection of stories by different authors, or books that are collections of the same author’s stories. This is not actually new thing. (One of my favorite books remains “Cowboys Are My Weakness” by Pam Houston from 2005.) But for some reason, publishers are more willing to release a collection these day. Theor... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Suggestions for your ‘post-apocalyptic’ reading pleasure

Edmonds Booktalk: Suggestions for your ‘post-apocalyptic’ reading pleasure

By Elaine Mattson Reviewing my list of what I’ve read the past 12 months or so, I was amused to find that I have read an abundance of novels set in a near future that does not bode well for humans. Called “dystopian” and/or “post-apocalyptic,” you will no doubt recognize some of the titles: the teen series “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins [the movie of book 2, “Catching Fire” is currently in ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to get those books *you* really wanted

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to get those books *you* really wanted

By Elaine Mattson Happy New Year to you all! What books on your list did you not get? Time to rectify the oversights and do your own shopping! The following lists [alphabetical by author], though not at all scientific, are a few of the titles that were favorites of gift-givers. Fiction: • “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin • “The Bartender’s Tale” by Ivan Doig • “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: My favorite Christmas books for kids

Edmonds Booktalk: My favorite Christmas books for kids

By Elaine Mattson December brings some of my favorite things: sparkly lights, festive wrappings, bubbly beverages, and kids’ Christmas books! I love kids’ Christmas books! My newest favorites: “Home for Christmas” by Jan Brett. This is the story of Rollo, a naughty little troll, who runs away from home in order to avoid doing chores, and features Brett’s amazing illustrations of the main storyline... »

Edmonds Booktalk: All things Russian and November events

Edmonds Booktalk: All things Russian and November events

By Elaine Mattson I have a slight obsession with all things Russian. Mostly of the fancy Tsar-related era, not so much with the gritty ugly reality of the serfs and servants and common people of recent history. And getting to St. Petersburg [Russia, not Florida!] is on my list! This fascination mostly manifests itself as my reading everything I can get my hands on: fiction, non-fiction, fantastic ... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Banned Books Week and enjoy October events

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Banned Books Week and enjoy October events

By Elaine Mattson This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012, and celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read. Once again, I feel the need to say: “Thanks, Mom!” She never censored what we read as we were growing up. I’m not saying that she didn’t suggest good and/or better books for us to read, but I certainly don’t remember her not allowing specific books. We could read wha... »

Edmonds Book Talk: Ready or not, here comes fall — and some great books!

Edmonds Book Talk: Ready or not, here comes fall — and some great books!

By Elaine Mattson I know we’re not ready to talk about it, and we are still holding out hope that the tomatoes will actually ripen, but really, in the shade you can tell… ready or not, here comes fall! Don’t get me wrong – I do love September, I’m just never quite ready to let go of summer. The silver lining: there are stacks of great books to look forward to in the next few months. Some of the on... »

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

By Elaine Mattson I just stumbled on this fantastic TV show [sure, waiting for the Olympics, but still…] on PBS [of course!] called Well Read. I’m sure most of you readers already know all about it, but, I am new to the wonder and the beauty. The host interviews authors, and, somehow, convinced Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times Book Editor, to appear and give a list of great books to read… This week, ... »

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