Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Aug. 18 — Ivan Doig Day

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

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 1978, did not completely understand what was in store for her. She did not order nearly enough books at first, but they did have champagne! It all ended up going just fine, and Ivan continued to be a great supporter of The Edmonds Bookshop throughout his career. We had a fantastic visit with him when his penultimate book, “Sweet Thunder,” was published in August of 2013, and we are happy that he got to finish one more book, although in a very bittersweet way. We would love it if he were still here to keep writing as only he did.

Last bus“Last Bus to Wisdom.” A lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, his last novel is one last treasure from the best storyteller of the West.

We will have a stack of books in the store the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 18. Let us know if you would like us to hold one for you: Email us or call us at 425-775-2789.

There will be Ivan Doig Day Celebrations – August 18, 2015 – around the country, and a few in the greater Seattle area. They will feature giveaways, special guests and more. Find more information about the locations and events, and all about Ivan, on his website.

August Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

August 2, 2015. Sunday at 12:30. A special Sunday author appearance! We welcome home, Jill Charlotte Stanford, Edmonds native, a graduate of both Edmonds Grade School and Edmonds High School, she always wanted to be a cowgirl and the books she has written prove that she made that dream come true.

Cowgirls“Cowgirl’s Cookbook: Recipes For Your Home On The Range” and “Keep Cookin’ Cowgirl: More Recipes For Your Home On The Range.”

Take a dash of western myth, a healthy sprinkle of vintage photographs, and a dollop of tall tales and instructional sidebars, simmer with a delicious selection of western recipes, and, voila—The Cowgirl’s Cookbook. A sure favorite with locals and tourists alike, these recipes ain’t just for trail drives no more!

Visit her website for all kinds of additional information.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Happy 125th Birthday Edmonds! To celebrate the City of Edmonds’ Birthday, we are holding a special sale: great bargains and one-of-a-kind treasures available for only 125 cents!

Color boldlyAug. 15, 2015. Saturday, at noon. We will welcome Cathy Ross and KC Winters, the authors of “Color Boldly,” a book for children ages 3-8 that encourages freedom and creativity when making any kind of art!

Aug. 20, 2015. 5-8pm. Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds. We are thrilled to welcome local artist extraordinaire Sue Coccia! You know and love her work: the heron mural on 4th Avenue South, the cards, journals, magnets, trivets, microfiber wipes…and of course the amazing coloring books! All 100-percent designed, illustrated, and printed in the USA since 1996:

CocciaJoin us to meet one of our favorite artists, and see what she brings with her, especially for Third Thursday! As usual, there will be light snacks and beverages…

August 2015 Book Club Book.

Man called oveAug. 6 & 19, 2015. “A Man Called Ove: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman.
In this bestselling and “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

We have chosen the books for the rest of 2015. They are listed on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:

“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son.
“Armada: A Novel” by Ernest Cline. This new novel is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that helped make “Ready Player One” a phenomenon.
“Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan. In this panoramic and fascinating memoir, long-time New Yorker staff writer Finnegan pays tribute to the ancient art of surfing. In the late 1970s, he set out in pursuit of a perfect wave, and spent five years circumnavigating the globe. Already a staff favorite!
“Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee. An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee. Originally written in the mid-1950s, this was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers.
“The Novel Habits of Happiness: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel #10” by Alexander McCall Smith. The insatiably curious Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie returns, taking on a case unlike any she’s had before—this one with paranormal implications.
“The Rosie Effect: A Novel” by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman returns in the hilarious and charming sequel to the international sensation, “The Rosie Project.” In paperback.
“Circling the Sun: A Novel” by Paula McLain. This novel brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen, wrote the classic memoir “Out of Africa.”
“What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Seuss. Through a painstaking reconstruction of Theodor Geisel’s process, pages found years after his death have yielded a new Dr. Seuss book.
“The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. Now in paperback.

Books of note coming soon:

“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism. Aug. 4, 2015.
“Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel” by Ivan Doig. In the spirit of The Bartender’s Tale, a lively and poignant coming-of-age story about a boy and his great-uncle on a cross-country odyssey. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, his last novel one last treasure from the best storyteller of the West. Aug. 18, 2015.
“X : A Kinsey Millhone Mystery” by Sue Grafton. X: The number 10. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss. Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim. Aug. 25, 2015.
“The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. Hardly a day goes by when nine year old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf and when the boy disappears, the villagers are faced with the possibility that one of his tall tales might have been true…. Armand Gamache must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he himself played a terrible part in what happens next. Aug. 25, 2015.

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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