We warmly welcome James Spangler as the new Artfully Edmonds columnist for My Edmonds News.
An Idaho native who moved to the Puget Sound area 28 years ago, Spangler owns Spangler Book Exchange in downtown Edmonds. He comes to us from the Edmonds Beacon, where he wrote the paper’s Arts and Appetite column.
Spangler notes that he’s the son of a bookseller and a librarian, and “the father of two amazing teenage children that have this annoying habit of changing and growing all the time.”
“I started working in my dad’s bookstore when I was a little kid,” he said. “At 12, I got my first big break: The Hayes Street paper route for the Idaho Statesmen — 87 papers and about $80 a month assuming I could collect the money from my subscribers.”
While he was in college, he became business manager of the University News and the Student Programs board at Boise State University. “That was fun,” Spangler recalled. “We even managed to persuade a little-known band called REM to play at one of our fundraisers.”
After graduation, Spangler headed to law school, which he described as “something like childbirth — the memory of the pain of it subsides over time.”
“Some of my fellow alums even look back on their law studies fondly,” he said. “I fled here, started a bookstore, and never looked back.”
Spangler takes over for Artfully Edmonds columnist Emily Hill, who is leaving us to become an arts publicist. If you have story ideas or other arts-related information, you can reach Spangler at [email protected].