Edmonds Booktalk

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. ... »

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... »

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