Edmonds Booktalk: It’s starting to feel like book-reading weather

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

It has been a lovely first week of fall. I would be OK with a couple of months of this. A little chilly at night, but still lovely and sunny during the day. Good weather to snuggle in at night, with a book! Fantastic.

So many events at the bookshop this month and so many great books ahead. Here we go:

October Events at The Edmonds Bookshop:

Hand on homeOctober 10, 2015. Saturday at noon. We welcome author Erica Strauss and her brand new book — just published September 29, 2015! “The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping.”

Want to create an organized, productive, and beautiful kitchen and home? Popular Seattle blogger Erica Strauss (Northwest Edible Life) shows us how in this modern homekeeping handbook for thrifty DIYers who care about sustainability. A fresh take on modern homemaking, this is a practical (and sometimes sassy) guide to maximizing your time, effort, and energy in the kitchen and beyond.

From our friends at Sasquatch Books! Her blog is here: www.nwedible.com

October 15, 2015. 5 – 8pm. Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds. Join us for October’s Art + Wine Walk!

When music stopsWe will welcome Edmonds author, [and one of our favorite humans!] Paddy Eger and her brand-new book, the sequel to “84 Ribbons,” “When the Music Stops: Dance On.”

A series of unexpected events throw Marta’s life in chaos. She must rethink what and who she wants and needs in her life as well as how much she’s willing to forfeit to achieve her goals.

October 17, 2015. Saturday at noon. We will welcome author Roland Trenary! Join us to chat with him about his most recent books, one of which is a coloring book!

“Mahlon Blaine’s Blooming Bally Bloody Book” by Roland Trenary and. Mahlon Blaine.

MahlonThis historical novel takes a rollicking ride through one-eyed Mahlon Blaine’s adventures and experiences as an early 20th century illustrator. Infamous booksellers and art dealers promoted his work. Did he win a Caldecott Award? A Newbury? Maybe not, but there were rumors. Until now, no one knew what to believe. Maybe they still don’t. This is his unauthorized autobiography. In paperback on January 18, 2015.

“Mahlon Blaine’s Sinbad” by Roland Trenary and Mahlon Blaine.
Much more than a coloring book, with full-page Mahlon Blaine illustrations that first appeared in “The Adventures of Sindbad the Sailor” in 1936. And find out so much more on the website: groundedoutlet.com

October 24, 2015. Saturday at noon. We will welcome author A.C. Fuller and his debut thriller, “The Anonymous Source.”

Anonymous SourceIn this debut novel, we meet a young journalist chasing the biggest story of his career. One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.

A.C. Fuller is the creator and host of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, a weekly interview show featuring award-winning writers and publishing experts. He teaches English at Northwest Indian College near Seattle and has taught journalism at New York University. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children and is hard at work on the sequel to The Anonymous Source. Visit his web site: acfuller.com.

October 31, 2015. Saturday at noon. Join us to welcome author Tiffany Pitts! She will scare us just a little bit with readings from her “Wizzy Wig,” a book for Young Readers.
Wizzy Wig“Wizzy Wig: The Thanatos Rising Series Book 2.”

Jake Denny has a pizza problem. Even though they are officially friends now, he still can’t figure out how to talk to Kix Welty, the intimidatingly hot delivery driver from Pizza Joe’s. Thanatos is 32 pounds of (mostly) Maine coon cat. He lives upstairs from all this mess, and he definitely does not approve. Together, he and Pansy will set the Universe back to rights. They will conquer villains! They will avenge things! They will… Wait…who is Pansy?

October 2015 Book Club Book.

October 1 & 21, 2015. “Norwegian by Night” by Derek Miller.

NorwegianSheldon Horowitz—widowed, impatient, impertinent—has grudgingly agreed to leave New York and move in with his granddaughter, Rhea, and her new husband, Lars, in Norway—a country of blue and ice with 1,000 Jews, not one of them a former Marine sniper in the Korean War turned watch repairman. Not until now, anyway.

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

Recent book releases of note:

“Purity: A Novel” by Jonathan Franzen. A grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder.
“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.
“Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child.
“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.
“This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by Jonathan Evison. Selected by Independent Booksellers for the September 2015 Indie Next List.
“The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood. The novel is set in the near-future and tells the story of 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. New interview on NPR.

Books of note coming soon:
“M Train” by Patti Smith. Following her award winner, “Just Kids,” Smith shares her favorite haunts around the world. October 6, 2015.
“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: A Song of Ice and Fire Collection” by George R. R. Martin. Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this book compiles the first three official prequel novellas to the author’s ongoing masterwork. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. October 6, 2015.
“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 the staff favorite “People of the Book.” October 6, 2015.
“The Survivor: A Mitch Rapp Novel” by Vince Flynn. A blistering novel that picks up where “The Last Man” left off, this is a no-holds-barred race to save America…and Mitch Rapp’s finest battle. October 6, 2015.
“Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein. An extraordinary new thriller of the future from the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize–winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate. Spaceships do. What happens is nothing like you expect—and everything you could want from one of the world’s greatest masters of suspense. October 6, 2015.
“Classical Seattle: Maestros, Impresarios, Virtuosi, and Other Music Makers” by Melinda Bargreen. The author documents the lives of prominent figures in the local Seattle classical music world. October 11, 2015.
“Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” by Elvis Costello. Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was the grandson of a trumpet player and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance-band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and before he was 24 took the popular music world by storm. The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, this is destined to be a classic. October 13, 2015.
“Thirteen Ways of Looking” by Colum McCann. In his first collection of short fiction in more than a decade, McCann charts the territory of chance, and the profound and intimate consequences of even our smallest moments. October 13, 2015.
“See Me” by Nicholas Sparks. Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, See Me reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize. October 13, 2015.
“Career of Evil: Cormoran Strike Book #3” by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. October 20, 2015.
“A Strangeness in My Mind” by Orhan Pamuk. The latest from the Nobel Prize winner is the tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life, told from the perspectives of several characters. October 20, 2015.
“Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” by Sarah Vowell. The bestselling author delivers an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette. Vowell’s look at our somewhat united states is humorous, irreverent and wholly original. October 20, 2015.
“Find a Way” by Diana Nyad. In this new memoir, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. October 20, 2015.
“Rogue Lawyer” by John Grisham. This is one of Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best. October 20, 2015.
“The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Stacy Schiff. Following the extraordinary success of 2011’s “Cleopatra,” the Pulitzer Prize winning author heads to Salem, Mass., to uncover the mysteries of the infamous witch trials. October 27, 2015.
“Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers” by Simon Winchester. Following his acclaimed book, “Atlantic,” comes an enthralling history of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world. October 27, 2015.
“Lost Ocean: An Underwater Adventure and Coloring Book” by Johanna Basford. From the artists/author of “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest” comes her newest adult coloring book: undersea adventures with her trademark intricate designs. October 27, 2015.
“Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir” by Carrie Brownstein. From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. October 27, 2015.
“A Banquet of Consequences: An Inspector Lynley Novel” by Elizabeth George. The bestselling series returns with another stunning crime drama featuring Scotland Yard members Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. October 27, 2015.
“My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem. The writer, activist, organizer, and inspiring leader—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of her life as a traveler, a listener, and a catalyst for change. October 27, 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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