Edmonds Booktalk: A new way to order books online, plus August events

The biggest news for us this summer:

We are really very excited to announce a new website for browsing and ordering books online directly from Edmonds Bookshop: edmondsbookshop.indielite.org

It’s true! [True news!]

Our IndieLite site offers desktop and mobile users an easy way to browse, search for, and discover books, to quickly find a great new read.

On our homepage you’ll find links to great lists including Staff Recommendations, Book Club Selections, New + Notables, Indie Picks, Bestsellers, and the Reading Group Indie Next List. Through the search function you can choose from over nine million titles in print, place your order and either pick up at the Bookshop or have your order shipped directly to you.

There is also a terrific Events calendar, so you can stay up-to-date on all the goings on.

We will be updating our lists regularly, so bookmark the page and check back often!

August Events at Edmonds Bookshop.

August 2018 Book Club Book.

August 15, 2018. “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award

This is both the gripping tale of one woman’s will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

More information and the books for the rest of 2018 are on our Bookclub page.

Third Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday August 16, 2018. 5 – 8 pm. A presentation of cross-genre art books, one step beyond mixed-media, that include photography, art, poetry and essays, from Dekel Press.

The event will include video, readings and a lot of room for Q & A and discussion.

Bezalel-Levy is the combined signature of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, husband and wife who have been collaborating and working individually, since 1990.

More information here: www.dekelpress.com
Lovely article in the Stanwood Camano News: “Their books cross genres to tell stories using several mediums, including painting, photography, poetry and essays.” The entire article here.

August 18, 2018. Saturday at noon. We will welcome Erica Miner and her new book, “Death by Opera.”

Her suspense thriller “Murder in the Pit,” a novel of assassination and intrigue at the Metropolitan Opera, won rave reviews across the board. In the sequel set in the world of the Santa Fe Opera, and just published in May 2018:

Violinist Julia and her cohort NYPD detective Larry Somers head to New Mexico, for the opera season at the Santa Fe Opera House. Chaos ensues, as murderous activities plague the performers on stage and off. Faced with a murderer on the loose who threatens the sanctity of the prestigious opera company, Julia and Larry are forced to join forces to stop the menace from wreaking further havoc.

Former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Erica Miner now enjoys a multi-faceted career as an award-winning author, screenwriter, arts writer and lecturer.

Details about Erica’s novels, screenplays and lectures can be found on her website, here.

So much more information about all of our authors and all of the events happening all month long on our Events page.

Be sure to take a look at our brand-new Events Calendar, too!

Recent book releases of note:
“Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery #1” by Andrew Shaffer. Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted: the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic. In paperback.

“Origin” by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” In paperback.

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik. A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of “Uprooted.” This new novel draws readers deep into a glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss. Staff recommended.

“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. An impulsive decision to look after a woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory– surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places. A few signed first editions still available.

“From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir” by Beck Dorey-Stein. The compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the Obama White House, through the eyes of a young staffer learning the ropes, falling in love, and finding her place in the world.

“Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense” by Laurie R. King. In this stand-alone novel, a community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge. In paperback.

“Need to Know: A Novel” by Karen Cleveland. She is a high-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes. Staff recommended. Now in paperback.

“Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees” by Thor Hanson. From the award-winning author comes a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

For little kids :“The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael” by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Mark Fearing. A deliciously spooky story — with a twist ending that’ll leave readers hungry for more. A few signed copies still available.

“The Other Woman: A Gabriel Allon Novel” by Daniel Silva. In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret.

“The Quiet Side of Passion: Isabel Dalhousie Novel #12” by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel finds herself grappling with ethically-complex matters of the heart as she tries to juggle her responsibilities to friends, family, and the philosophical community.

“The Incendiaries: A Novel” by R. O. Kwon. A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into acts of terrorism by a cult tied to North Korea. New review in The Seattle Times.

“American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West” by Nate Blakeslee. The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. In paperback.

Books of note being released in August:

“The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery” by Susan Elia MacNeal. A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the bestselling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. August 7, 2018.

“The Reservoir Tapes” by Jon McGregor. Returning us to the extraordinary territory of his Man Booker Prize-longlisted novel Reservoir 13, this new novel take us deep into the heart of an English village that is trying to come to terms with what has happened on its watch. August 7, 2018.

“The Talented Ribkins” by Ladee Hubbard. A big-hearted debut novel about race, class, politics, and the unique gifts that, while they may cause some problems from time to time, bind a family together. August 7, 2018.

“The Readymade Thief” by Augustus Rose. A novel of puzzles, conspiracies, secret societies, urban exploration, art history, and a singular, indomitable heroine, The Readymade Thief heralds the arrival of a spellbinding and original new talent in fiction. In paperback. August 7, 2018.

“The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld. Told in the alternating voices of Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing, and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive. In paperback. August 7, 2018.

“Cherry” by Nico Walker. Jesus’ Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin, this book marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America. August 14, 2018.

“French Exit: A Novel” by Patrick deWitt. A brilliant and darkly comic novel about a wealthy widow and her adult son who flee New York for Paris in the wake of scandal and financial disintegration. August 28, 2018.

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

Elaine Mattson

— 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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