Edmonds Booktalk: Great books for fall

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Wow, it’s September. Who else isn’t ready?

One thing that helps make the transition a bit easier is all the great fall books that begin to arrive! Some of the books that I am particularly looking forward to.
Starting with the novels:

  • “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series” by David Lagercrantz. [9/1/15]
  • “This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by Jonathan Evison. [9/8/15]
  • “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel” by Salman Rushdie. [9/8/15]
  • “Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. [9/8/15].
  • “The Secret Chord: A Novel” by Geraldine Brooks. A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “People of the Book.” [10/16/15]
  • “A Banquet of Consequences: A Lynley Novel” by Elizabeth George. In the Seattle-area novelist’s 20th book in this series, Havers and Lynley team up again. [10/27/15]
  • “Career of Evil: Cormoran Strike Book #3” by J.K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith. [10/30/15].
  • “Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving. [11/3/12]

And continuing with the non-fiction titles that sound spectacular:

  • “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert [9/22/15]
  • “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” by Sarah Vowell [10/20/15]
  • “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein [10/27/15]
  • “The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Stacy Schiff [10/27/15]

Check our website for all of the newest releases and a preview of the much anticipated upcoming releases, including more details about the titles I have already mentioned.

September Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

Sept. 4, 2015. Friday Night at 6:30pm. We will welcome Michael N. McGregor and his new book “Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax,” just published Sept. 1, 2015.

Pure act An illuminating biography of the minimalist poet Robert Lax, a man who embraced simplicity, humility, and poverty and found the pure joy, peace and love he had long sought.

McGregor met Lax in Greece when he was a young seeker himself and visited him regularly over fifteen years. The resulting book is an intimate look at an extraordinary but little-known life. Much more than just a biography, it’s a tale of adventure, an exploration of friendship, an anthology of wisdom, and a testament to the liberating power of living an uncommon life.

Michael N. McGregor is a professor of nonfiction writing at Portland State University and a summer writing coach for the Collegeville Institute’s Apart and Yet a Part workshop week.

He also has roots in Edmonds: he worked at Europe Through the BackDoor [back in the day…], and hails from here in the north end. Join us to welcome him home!

Sept. 11-13, 2015. Puget Sound Bird Fest.

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is a yearly celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound.

The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.

Friday, Sept. 11. 7:30 p.m.. The keynote speaker is Dr. John Marzluff, author of “Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife.”

birds and backyardSaturday, Sept. 12, 2015. 12:30 p.m.. A free movie! Birds & Backyard Wildlife Habitat: A Movie Featuring Puget Sound Area Birds by Craig and Joy Johnson. Showing at the Edmonds Theater.

Visit the official web site for all the information you will need. PugetSoundBirdFest.com]

Sept. 17, 2015. 5 -8pm. Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds. Join us for September’s Art + Wine Walk! We will welcome not one, but two talented authors, poets, and essayists!

Holly Hughes and Mark Rozema will join us for a great evening of readings: poetry, essays and more.

  • Holly Hughes. Latest work: “Sailing by Ravens,” a poetry collection in which she gathers wisdom gained from thirty seasons working off Alaska’s shores, weaving personal experience and her love of the sea with the history and science of navigation. Find out more about Hughes here.holly hughes
  • Mark Rozema. Latest work: “Road Trip.” To be published Sept. 15, 2015. Author, photographer, and pilgrim of the American West from Alaska to Arizona, Mark Rozema writes essays deeply rooted in the land he has traversed, the mountains he has climbed, and the communities that he has called home. Find out more about Rozema here.Road Trip

The readings will start at approximately 7 p.m. Come early to mix & mingle & sip & snack.

September 2015 Book Club Book.

Sept. 3 and 16, 2015. “Fin & Lady: A Novel” by Cathleen Schine.

Fin and LadyIt’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half-sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut, landing in Greenwich Village in the middle of the Swinging Sixties. He soon learns that Lady–giddy, impulsive, and pursued by an ardent and dogged set of suitors–is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

From a writer the New York Times has praised as “sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting,” comes a comic love story for the ages: an enchanting novel of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

We have chosen the books for the rest of 2015. They are listed on our Book Club page. [https://www.edmondsbookshop.com/bookclub.htm]

Recent book releases of note:

“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
“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. From the bestselling author comes 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..
“X : A Kinsey Millhone Mystery” by Sue Grafton. X: The number ten. 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.
“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.

Books of note coming soon:

“Purity: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen. A grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. New [8/30/15] review in The Seattle Times.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series” by David Lagercrantz. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander are back in a fourth novel in the late Stieg Larsson’s mega-selling Scandinavian crime series. Larsson’s father and brother approved this sequel, for what that’s worth.
“Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Sept. 8, 2015.
“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel” by Salman Rushdie. From one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. Sept. 8, 2015.
“This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by Jonathan Evison. Selected by Independent Booksellers for the September 2015 Indie Next List. Sept. 8, 2015.
“The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr. According to PW’s starred review, this writing guide from Karr, the author of three memoirs, is a “must-read for memoirists, but will also appeal to memoir lovers and all who are curious about how books evolve.” Karr lays out her own process and explores the work of other writers in the genre, including Hilary Mantel, Vladimir Nabokov, and Frank McCourt. Sept. 15, 2015.
“The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood. The novel is set in the near-future and tells the story of Charmaine and Stan, a couple living in their car and surviving almost entirely on tips. Their lives take a drastic turn, however, when they sign up for a “social experiment” that provides them with jobs and a home. The caveat is that the couple must do a stint in a prison cell every second month, while an “alternate” pair occupies their house. Sept. 29, 2015.

Sneak peek:
“M Train” by Patti Smith. Following her award winner, “Just Kids,” Smith shares her favorite haunts around the world. Oct. 6, 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!”


One Reply to “Edmonds Booktalk: Great books for fall”

  1. Elaine thank you so much for these updates and the column; informative and enjoyable reading; see you soon at the store.


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