Edmonds Booktalk: Edmonds Bookshop owners celebrate 10th anniversary

By Elaine Mattson

The Edmonds Bookshop opened in 1972. We have been privileged to have a very short list of wonderful owners, not least of which are the current owners, Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster. The reason I mention it now, is that this month, March 2011, we are celebrating their 10th year of being owners of The Bookshop! Huge congratulations and thanks to Mary Kay and David. And an even bigger thanks to all of you who have been a part of keeping an independent bookshop alive and thriving in downtown Edmonds – you are all priceless!

March is women’s history month. First, thank all of the amazing women in your life, and then, why not read something new by or about another amazing woman? How about a book by an award-winning woman author: the Noble Prize in Literature has been won by Toni Morrison and Pearl Buck, among a very few other women; The Pulitzer Prize has had a few more women honorees, the more recent among them include Elizabeth Strout, Geraldine Brooks and Marilynne Robinson, and yes, Toni Morrison! (She has got to be an answer on Jeopardy one of theses days soon!). The 2011 PNBA Awards included women authors Sarahlee Lawrence and Nancy Pearl. There are also always new biographies and autobiographies to capture your interest. Some recent titles include a brand new autobiography by Dame Judi Dench, a biography of “Cleopatra” by award-winning author Stacy Schiff, and the best-selling “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Stop in and ask us for recommendations; we always have a new book or two we just can’t wait to tell you about – and chances are good that one of them will be by or about an impressive woman.

March Events at the Bookshop.

Beginning this Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Rock ‘n’ Read Marathon! It’s Read in the Window time again! This year’s event is sponsored by the Meadowdale High Library.
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, students, staff and volunteers will be reading in the Bookshop window around the clock until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. People are also invited to stop by and donate new and gently used children’s’ books, which will go directly to the Edmonds Food Bank. For additional information email Rita Ireland.

Our Bookclub book for March 3 and 16 is “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers.
The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Third Thursday Art Walk. March 17,  5 -8 p.m. We are thrilled to welcome one of Edmonds’ favorite travel photographers, Arturo Torres, as our artist of the month! Come and see where he and his camera have been lately!

New books!
Some recent releases:

“West of Here” by Jonathan Evison. Set in a fictional NW town, this novel is getting great reviews from near: Seattle Times; from far: New York Times Book Review; and from the independent book world. And most importantly, Mary Kay loved it and would be thrilled to tell you all you need to know!

“Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. A novel about Hemingway, his wife Hadley and their life in Paris! Review in the New York Times, and in IndieBound.

“When the Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle. The latest novel from the author of Water Music. More lovely reviews from near (The Seattle Times) and far (the New York Times). Boyle will also be the featured speaker at the Seattle Central Library on March 1, 2011.

“The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)” by Patrick Rothfuss. Finally!
“River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)” by Patricia Briggs.
“Minding Frankie” by Maeve Binchy. And already a review.
“Sing You Home: A Novel” by Jodi Picoult.
“Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton. Touted in IndieBound.

Brand new in paperback:
“Shades of Grey: A Novel” by Jasper Fforde.
“Horns: A Novel” by Joe Hill. Great mix of horror and mystery! Review in IndieBound.
“Bite Me: A Love Story” by Christopher Moore. Review in IndieBound (and a ‘recommended’ tag from Elaine in the Bookshop!)
“Mapping of Love and Death” by Jacqueline Winspear.
“Beatrice & Virgil” by Yann Martel.

New releases coming up later in March:
“Toys” by James Patterson, Neil McMahon. March 14, 2011.
“A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel” by Jacqueline Winspear. March 22, 2011.
“Night Road” by Kristin Hannah. March 22, 2011
“The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The New No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Novel” by Alexander Mccall Smith. March 22, 2011.
“Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel” by Jonathan Kellerman. March 29, 2011.
“The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel (Earth’s Children)” by Jean M. Auel. It’s true! Holy cow! Can’t wait to see where this one takes us! March 29, 2011

Happy reading!

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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