Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

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 just below for some of the details and see our Events page for more information as it becomes available.

April 24 is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day! Carry a poem with you; share a poem with your friends via Facebook or Twitter; add a poem to your email footer; and definitely visit us!

For ideas on how to choose, or find, a poem check here. For  more information about Poetry Month, visit here.

More April events at the Edmonds Bookshop
Paris WifeApril 3 and 16. Our April Book Club title is “The Paris Wife: A Novel” by Paula McLain. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, this novel captures the love affair between these two unforgettable people.

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.

Third Thursday Art Walk. April 17. 5-8 p.m. Our annual poetry night! Join us for a night of poets reading their own work. This year’s lineup includes: Annette Spaulding-Convy, Joannie Stangeland, Raul Sanchez, Michael Spence and Sheila Bender.

Pioneer midwifeApril 26. Saturday from noon-2 p.m. We will be hosting author Susan Fleming in conjunction with the March of Dimes walk that will be held throughout downtown Edmonds. Fleming’s book, “Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis: Midwife, Nurse & Mother to All,” tells the story of her great-grandmother who delivered babies in the Seattle area when it was first being settled. Her great-grandmother ended up in Edmonds after living most of her life in the Green Lake area.

Recent book releases of note:
“Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros” by Michael Komarck and Matthew Christian Reinhart. Featuring five spreads, each with approximately four mini pop-ups, the book folds out to create a map of Westeros, inspired by the Emmy Award–winning title sequence that opens each episode of the hit HBO series. Just in time to get ready for season 4, which begins April 6!

“The Interestings: A Novel” by Meg Wolitzer. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. We follow these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes and degrees of satisfaction diverge. Chosen for IndieBound. Now in paperback. This is our June Book Club choice!

“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.

“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.

edge of the water“The Edge of the Water: Edge of Nowhere Book 2” by Elizabeth George.

“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.

“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.

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

And books of note just released or coming soon:
“Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. Chosen for IndieBound. April 1

“The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin. Chosen for the lead review in April IndieBound. April 1

“The Other Typist: A Novel” by Suzanne Rindell. A haunting debut novel set against the background of New York City in the 1920s…“From the first page [I] was absorbed…Suzanne Rindell’s story of a 1920s police stenographer who becomes increasingly obsessed with a glamorous new typist reminds me at points of Notes on a Scandal and Patricia Highsmith, but has creepy charms all its own.”—The Paris Review. Rumor has it, Keira Knightly is to produce and star in the movie adaption of “The Other Typist!” Now in paperback. April 1

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent. A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Now in paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. April 1

“Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” by Mary Roach. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound  April 1

For grades 10-12 “Panic” by Sharon M. Draper. This gripping, chillingly realistic novel from the bestselling author, “by turns pulse-pounding and inspiring” (Kirkus Reviews), shows that all it takes is one bad decision for a dream to become a nightmare. Coming in paperback. April 1, 2014.

For ages 9-12 “File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions)” by Lemony Snicket and Seth. Match wits with Lemony Snicket to solve thirteen mini-mysteries. April 1, 2014.

“Leaving Everything Most Loved: A Maisie Dobbs Novel” by Jacqueline Winspear. We are up to the year 1933 in Miaie’s world… Now in paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. April 8

Plover“The Plover: A Novel” by Brian Doyle. Chosen for IndieBound. And a new review in The Seattle Times. April 8

“The Burgess Boys: A Novel” by Elizabeth Strout. In paperback. Chosen for IndieBound. April 8

“In Paradise: A Novel” by Peter Matthiessen. Chosen for IndieBound. April 8

“The Target” by David Baldacci. The President knows it’s a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. April 22

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Un-putdownable novel about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. Book coming in paperback April 22. Movie coming to theaters everywhere Oct. 3. And Breaking news! [1/10/14] Gillian Flynn re-writes ending for the movie adaptation. The news report here. Bonus Gillian Flynn year! One of her earlier books, “Dark Places: A Novel” is also coming out as a movie this year.

“Natchez Burning: A Penn Cage Novel” by Greg Iles. The bestselling author returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years. This first installment in an epic trilogy interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller that features Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet. April 29

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

Happy reading!

– By 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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