Edmonds Booktalk: Books that inspired movies and TV shows ready for spring reading

Elaine Mattson

Spring in Edmonds, when even the hail seems warmer! And still plenty of ways you can rationalize staying in to read. With all of the movies and TV shows based on books coming this year, you are definitely going to need some time to read. A few that have been released or are coming in the next month include:

  • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” the young adult novel by Jay Asher. Adapted by Selena Gomez for Netflix, the 13-part series starts streaming Friday, March 31, 2017.
  • “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. This true story follows the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who helped to save hundreds of people from the Nazis in World War II. In theaters starting March 31, 2017.
  • “The Son” by Philipp Meyer premieres Saturday April 8, 2017 on AMC. A sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations.
  • “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. The book for middle grade readers that has been embraced by people of all ages and has inspired the Choose Kind movement. Scheduled to be in theaters April 7, 2017.
  • “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Coming as a Hulu original series. One of the very first dystopian novels. The 10-episode first season premieres on April 26, 2017.
  • “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. Chronicles a tech worker as she joins a powerful Internet company which starts out as an incredibly rewarding experience, but as she works there longer things start to fall apart. Scheduled release date April 28, 2017.

For a longer list, and a bit more information about the productions, visit our Book News page.

April Events at The Edmonds Bookshop

April 13, 2017. Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Reading Group Night!

We will welcome Katie Mehan and David Glenn, Penguin Random House sales reps extraordinaire. They will be presenting stacks of books that they love and that are great for book groups to read and discuss.

They will also bring fun raffle prizes and giveaway treats, all geared toward book lovers of course!

Come one, come all! Whether you are looking for your next book group book, or just looking for ideas for yourself — always fun to get recommendations from the professionals!

April 15, 2017. Saturday at noon. We welcome author and former Edmonds resident Jeffrey Warren and his new novel, “Justifiable Homicide.”

Unlikely partners Jon Reynolds, PhD (computer-encryption wunderkind who has a personal, vested interest in the outcome), and Katie Ruiz, a talented investigative reporter with a checkered past, devise a dangerous and clandestine plan to expose the business and the players in the $500 billion-a-year illegal drug trafficking business — as well as to reveal to the general public the staggering proportions of the scheme. Implementing the plan means Jon and Katie will face cartels, violence, corruption and an inept DEA — in addition to their own fears and demons.
This is a story grounded in real facts that exist in the real world — our world. It is also a telling statement about the impact that ordinary citizens can have on world events.

Jeffrey Warren is a retired professional engineer and longtime entrepreneur.
He is the author of several technical, non-fiction papers and books. He began writing fiction for a family audience during an interlude between companies. An avid sailor, he lives with his wife, eight horses, a donkey and rescue dog Scout, on a mountain ranch in Idaho.

For all kinds of information, visit his website: jwauthor.com.

April 20, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-8 p.m. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we have our annual, and always much anticipated, Poetry Reading. We will feature local poets, hosted by the amazing David Horowitz, founder of Rose Alley Press.
This year’s featured poets are:

  • Robinson Bolkum
  • David D. Horowitz
  • Bethany Reid
  • Joannie Stangeland
  • Carolyne Wright

It is always a great evening. We are treated to some of the poets’ favorite works and sometimes even a sneak peek at works in progress.

And don’t forget: David brings the trivia questions and you can win some great prizes for knowing weird bits… Fun is had by all! Join us for a great evening of art, poetry and snacks.

April 29, 2017. Saturday all day. Independent Bookstore Day!
A one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. In addition to fun events, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. And only at Independent Bookstores.

Last year about 140 people made it to all 17 Indie Bookstores in the greater Seattle area! Are you up for it this year?
Check out the Facebook page for more information: SEABookstoreDay.
And follow them on Twitter! @BookstoreDay

April 2017 Book Club Book.

April 6 & 19, 2017. “Go Set a Watchman: A Novel” by Harper Lee.

Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

More information on our Book Club page.

 Recent book releases of note:

“Celine: A Novel” by Peter Heller. From the best-selling author comes a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Chosen for March IndieNext.
“Ill Will: A Novel” by Dan Chaon. Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from the National Book Award finalist.
“Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave. The staff favorite and book club pick for May 2017, in paperback.
“The Waters of Eternal Youth” by Donna Leon. In the 25th novel in this celebrated series, Brunetti finds himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all. In paperback.
For ages 4-8 “We’re All Wonders” by R. J. Palacio. The unforgettable bestseller “Wonder” has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Books of note being released in April:

“Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” by Anne Lamott. From the bestselling author comes a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it. April 4, 2017.
“Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War” by Daniel J. Sharfstein. The epic clash of two American legends, their brutal war and a battle of ideas that defined America after Reconstruction. April 4, 2017.
“All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel” by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list… finally in paperback. April 4, 2017.
“Barkskins: A Novel” by Annie Proulx. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author comes a bestselling epic about the demise of the world’s forests. In paperback. April 11, 2017.
“A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City” by Drew Philp. Part social history, part brash generational statement, part comeback story, this is an intimate account of the tentative revival of an American city. April 11, 2017.
“Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage” by Dani Shapiro. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory. Chosen for April IndieNext. April 11, 2017.
“The Shadow Land” by Elizabeth Kostova. From the bestselling author of “The Historian” comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present–and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. Chosen for April IndieNext. April 11, 2017.
“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. A stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future. In paperback. April 11, 2017.
“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, this is a taut and intense read — one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned. In paperback. April 11, 2017.
“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. From New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author of “The Lost City of Z,” a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. April 18, 2017.
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. France, 1939. The story of two sisters, separated by years and experience, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. Finally in paperback. April 25, 2017.

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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