Edmonds Booktalk: Look forward to fall with a good book

As much as I am sad to see summer come to an end, having a fall full of great books to look forward to certainly helps. Here are some of the titles that I am excited about. In order of publication date:

  • “Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith. The new Cormoran Strike, finally! September 18, 2018.
  • “Transcription” by Kate Atkinson. A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty. September 25, 2018.
  • “Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak. For teen readers, and all of us who loved ‘The Book Thief.” October 9, 2018.
  • “The Witch Elm” by Tana French. A standalone novel of suspense. October 9, 2018.
  • “Unsheltered: A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver. A timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval. October 16, 2018.
  • “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. The unsolved mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986, October 16, 2018.
  • “Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Family secrets come back to haunt our hero. November 5, 2018.
  • “The Feral Detective: A Novel” by Jonathan Lethem. His first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn. Staff recommended. November 6, 2018.
  • “Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich.  November 13, 2018.
  • “Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones: A Targaryen History” by George R R Martin. The first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros. So this is what Mr. Martin has been doing: Prequel! November 20, 2018.
  • “Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. Armand Gamache discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. And then things get strange. November 27, 2018.

For more information about all of these books, and a more extensive list of upcoming titles, visit our Book News page, here.

Have you checked out our new website yet? https://edmondsbookshop.indielite.org

Another great thing about it: you can reserve a copy of a forthcoming title! You may pay for it now and we will ship it directly to you or hold it for you to pick up in the store, or you may choose to pay for it when you pick it up.

There is also a terrific Events calendar, https://edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/event, so you can stay up-to-date with all the goings on. Here’s what’s going on this month:

September Events at Edmonds Bookshop.

September 2018 Book Club Book.

September 6 & 19, 2018. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance.

A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, this is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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

EdmondsBookshop RhinocerosSaturday, September 8th, 2018. 12 -1 pm. We will welcome Avril Van der Merwe and her brand new children’s book, “Once Upon a Rhinoceros.”

Rhinoceros has a magnificent horn, which all the animals admire. All, that is, except Hippo. While Rhino is asleep, Hippo steals her horn and sets it on her snout. But Hippo quickly discovers that wearing a large and heavy horn brings more problems than rewards

She is the author of several prize-winning children’s stories set in Africa, including the most recent, “How Cheetah Got His Tears,” published last December.

Visit her website here, and her page on the Penguin Random House website here

Saturday, September 15th. 12 – 1pm. We will welcome Pascha Adamo and her brand new book, “How We Came to Be: A Cece and Roxy Book.”

Best friends from the start, CeCe and Roxy become family when Roxy’s owner must go away. Meet the family who fosters this lovable pit bull.

The official publication date of this board book is October 2, 2018, we are very excited to be able to host this event and give everyone a sneak preview!

Pascha Adamo was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia; earned a BA in Psychology; taught middle school mathematics; returned to school and earned her Masters in Secondary Education and a BA in Mathematics; recently relocated to Seattle with her husband and two toddlers; and continues to pen stories for this series of books starring a biracial little girl.
Visit the website for information about the book, the author and the illustrators.

Third Thursday Art Walk
Thursday September 20, 2018. 5 – 8 pm
. We will welcome two poets: Bethany Reid and Karen Whalley!

Ms. Reid will bring her band new paperback, “Body My House.”

Words from Bethany: I’ve been writing since I was a kid — and many of my poems and stories are drawn from my childhood on a farm in southwest Washington State. I taught writing at the college level for 25 years, and continue to teach and talk about writing whenever and wherever opportunities find me.

Visit her blog at www.bethanyareid.com.

Karen Whalley.

A review of “The Rented Violin,” her collection from 2003: Deceptively simple of surface, these poems delve into experiences of love and grief, rendering her findings in language that is luminous and beautiful.

As a special sneak preview, we will also be treated to selections from her forthcoming collection, “My Own Name Seems Strange to Me,” this year’s winner of Off The Grid Poetry Prize.

Saturday, September 22, 2018. 12 -1 pm. We will welcome M. Earl Smith and his new book, “Stars Over Latin America,” a young reader’s biography of Che Guevera. For ages 9 – 12.

When two young men begin a journey across Latin America on the back of a rundown motorcycle, they have no idea how much the voyage will change their lives. Their interactions with the locals teach Che and Alberto that their continent is home to considerable suffering and poverty and a spark of rebellion is born …. they realize that if they allow the world to change them, they can, in turn, change the world.

Banned Books Week 2018. The annual celebration of the freedom to read is September 23 – 29, 2018.

The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship.

Here is a graphic/list of the top 10 challenged books of 2017: [http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/OIF Infographic – June – Page 1.jpg]

Look for our annual Banned Books window, always fantastic! Coming soon!

insight into the depths of nature within and around the state of Washington.

Paul Willis grew up climbing in the Oregon Cascades. He drafted his first book while pursuing his graduate degrees in English at Washington State University. He is now a professor of English at Westmont College, and a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently “Getting to Gardisky Lake.”


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:

“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. A few signed first editions still available.

“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.

“The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld. NW setting, NW author. In paperback.

“Bluebird, Bluebird” by Attica Locke. *Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel* Now in paperback.

“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America” by Beth Macy. Featured on PBS NewsHour [8/14/18], how the book grew out of the reporting Beth Macy did at the Roanoke Times. The interview/review here.

“Ohio” by Stephen Markley. The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio, depicting one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013 when four former classmates converge on their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories. Staff recommended.

For young readers  “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (Dog Man #5)” by Dav Pilkey.

“Light It Up: Peter Ash Novel #3” by Nick Petrie. In paperback.

“Quicksand” by Malin Persson Giolito. Staff recommended.  Now in paperback.

“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. A few signed first editions still available.

Books of note being released in September:

“John Woman” by Walter Mosley. This convention-defying novel recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor―while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. This is a compulsively readable, deliciously unexpected novel about the way we tell stories, and whether the stories we tell have the power to change the world. September 4, 2018.
“Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery #14” by Craig Johnson. Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. An international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, to auction her off to his worst enemies. He heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army. September 4, 2018.

“The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children’s program host’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work. September 4, 2018.

“Eating the Pacific Northwest: Rediscovering Regional American Flavors” by Darrin Nordahl. From the brisk waters of Seattle to the earthy mushroom-studded forest surrounding Portland, author Darrin Nordahl takes us on a journey to expand our palates with the local flavors of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. September 4, 2018.

“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari. In “Sapiens,” he explored our past. In “Homo Deus,” he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues. September 4, 2018.

“Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Brennan-Jobs explores her upbringing as the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan, an artist and writer. September 4, 2018.
“Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit: Kopp Sisters Novel #4” by Amy Stewart. After a year on the job, New Jersey’s first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart. September 11, 2018.

“Lethal White” by Robert Galbraith. Finally! In the fourth mystery featuring PI Cormoran Strike and his assistant, Robin, the pair must sort out their increasingly tricky personal relationship in a case that takes them from the backstreets of London to a sinister manor house in the country. September 18, 2018.

“Leadership: In Turbulent Times” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. September 18, 2018.

“Transcription” by Kate Atkinson. In 1940, Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers. Ten years later, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. September 25, 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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