Edmonds Booktalk: Time to start making your holiday book lists

It’s November already. And don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is really early this year.

In an attempt to help, and to stave off complete panic, we invite you to stop by during Third Thursday Art Walk this month, Nov. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., for our annual First Dibs night! Get some great ideas, start making your lists, and as a special treat, for first Dibs night only, we will offer you 20 percent off on any one item. Join us for what is sure to be a festive evening!

Take a look at our new website! Great lists from all of us here at the Bookshop, including our new Bookclub picks for the first part of next year, and all the best seller lists from IndieNext – all great sources of inspiration and ideas for any lists you may need to be working on.

There is also a terrific Events calendar, so you can stay up-to-date with all the goings on. Here’s some of what’s happening this month:

November Events at Edmonds Bookshop

November 2018 Book Club Book.

November 1 & 21, 2018. “Celine: A Novel” by Peter Heller.

“Heller is a gifted writer…Celine is such a joy to be with.” —NPR

Combining ingenious plotting with crystalline prose and sweeping natural panoramas, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.

More information about this title, and we have chosen the books for the first part of 2019 are on our Bookclub page. [http://www.edmondsbookshop.com/bookclub.htm]

Saturday, November 3, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome Sarah Cannon and her debut book, “The Shame of Losing,” new in paperback October 2, 2018.

Days before Sarah Cannon’s 33rd birthday, she receives a frightening phone call from her husband’s arborist colleague: Matt, her spouse of seven years and father to their two small children, has been severely injured by a falling tree branch. While working through painful decisions, Sarah begins a rite of passage she never imagined making: a recovery of her own.

Sarah Cannon grew up in the north-end suburbs of Seattle, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Spanish. She earned her MFA from Goddard College in 2014. Her essays have been featured in The New York Times, Salon.com, Bitch Magazine, and more. She lives in Edmonds.

Visit her website: www.cannonsarah.com

Michelle Bear
Michelle Bear

Sunday, November 4, 2018. 1 – 5 p.m. Michelle Bear. Off-Site Studio Sale. Here at Edmonds Bookshop.

Join us for a unique off-site studio sale: notecards, small and large works for sale. Refreshments, too!

Links to more information about Michelle and her art: find her on Facebook and on Instagram.

Saturday, November 10, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome Kelly Jones and her brand new book, “Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken?”

This laugh-out-loud sequel to “Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer” has even more magic chickens! Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown is finally settling into her new home and her new role as keeper of some highly unusual chickens–chickens with secret superpowers!
In this wildly funny and quirky novel told in letters and lists and quizzes, Sophie learns that even an exceptional poultry farmer can use some help.

This brand new book for middle grade readers is due out November 6, 2018.

Donate this book to a school library in Snohomish County
Want to help make a difference? Help author Kelly Jones reach her goal of supplying every school library in Snohomish County with a copy of her new book! Here’s how: Buy the book then add it to the box in the bookshop.

We will distribute the books to as many schools as we can. and… thank you!

Books will be available starting Nov. 6, 2018; you may pre-order for yourself, and to donate. Call us at 425-775-2789 or email us anytime.

Third Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday November 15, 2018. 5 – 8 p.m.  Our annual First Dibs night! Come by and receive 20 percent off one item [one night only!] Also: get a preview of our Holiday Catalog, full of great books for great gift-giving! [Bonus: we will have many of the Holiday Books in stock already!]

Saturday, November 17, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome back author Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum with her new collection of stories, “What We Do with the Wreckage.” Recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The stories in this new collection are about finding resilience in the face of adversity. The characters in her stories are learning to reconstruct themselves, their families, and their futures from the wreckage of their broken pasts. In paperback October 15, 2018.

Lunstrum is the author of two previous collections of short fiction. Her fiction and essays have appeared widely in journals, and collections including “This Is the Place: Women Writing about Home.” She is the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and teaches high school English near Seattle, Washington.

Saturday, November 24, 2018. All day! Small Business Saturday. And plan to stick around for the annual tree-lighting festivities begin at 4 p.m. at Centennial Plaza. More information here.

Find information about all of our authors and all of the events happening all month long on our Events page.  And on our brand-new Events Calendar.

Recent book releases of note:

“A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

“Alaskan Holiday: A Novel” by Debbie Macomber. The bestselling local author takes us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.

For teen readers  “A Map of Days: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. The bestselling series returns with a thrilling new story arc set in America!
“Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson. The author weaves a narrative that connects Leonardo’s art to his science. Now in paperback.

For young readers  “The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan. Now in paperback.

“Killing Commendatore: A Novel” by Haruki Murakami. Murakami’s first novel since “Colorless Tsukuru” is, according to the publisher, a story of “love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to “The Great Gatsby.”

“Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak. An unforgettable and sweeping family saga from the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller “The Book Thief.”

“The Witch Elm: A Novel” by Tana French. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, this novel asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

“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.  Staff recommended.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life” by Jane Sherron de Hart. The first full life–private, public, legal, philosophical–of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time.

“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Centered on the unsolved mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986, this delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries.

“The Reckoning” by John Grisham. Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend.

For middle grade readers  “The Meltdown: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13” by Jeff Kinney. When a wintry blast closes Greg Heffley’s middle school, it turns his neighborhood into a battleground, complete with snow forts, alliances, betrayals, and epic snowball fights.

Books of note being released in November:

“Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child. Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from the bestselling author. November 5, 2018.

“The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State” by Nadia Murad. WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story. Available in hardcover now. Paperback coming November 6, 2018.

“The Feral Detective: A Novel” by Jonathan Lethem. His first detective novel since “Motherless Brooklyn” is a singular achievement. Phoebe Siegler is looking for her friend’s missing daughter, and hires Charles Heist, who reluctantly agrees to help. The trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous. November 6, 2018.

“Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty. Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In this latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out… November 6, 2018

“Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie’s new job as deli manager could be even more dangerous than her bounty hunter gig. The last three have vanished from the face of the earth. November 13, 2018

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama. An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. November 13, 2018.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films. November 16, 2018.

“Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson. A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Alex is tasked by the new President to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. November 19, 2018.

“Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones: A Targaryen History, A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R R Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illustrator). The first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

“Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. The new Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the bestselling author. November 27, 2018.

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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