Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating 47 years in Edmonds

Where were you in 1972? It was quite the year! There were dramatic highs and lows:

  • President Nixon visited China. Then later in the year there were a few missing minutes on a tape…
  • Summer in Munich: Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals; at the same Olympics, 11 Israeli team members were taken hostage and killed.
  • Atari kicked off the first generation of video games with the release of PONG.
  • A charter airplane, with a rugby team and their friends and family, crashed in the Andes.  After 72 days on their own, the last 16 survivors were finally rescued on December 23, 1972.
  • Popular films of the year: The Godfather, Cabaret, Deliverance, The Poseidon Adventure.
  • A few of the books published in 1972: “Watership Down;” “Frog and Toad Together;” “All Creatures Great and Small;” “The Farthest Shore: Earthsea #3;” “Julie of the Wolves;” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day;” “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Best of all, on March 1, 1972 Edmonds Bookshop opened for business! Beginning with the Chapmans then the Morrows then the Hildebrandts. In 2001 Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster became the proud owners and caretakers. We are 47 this year, how great do we look?!

To celebrate our birthday, and as a great big “thank you” to all of you, we are having a drawing: Stop by the store between March 1 and March 21 and enter for a chance to win a $47 gift certificate!

The fine print: Enter only in person and only in the store; one entry per person per day.
We will draw the winner at 5 p.m. on March 21, to start Third Thursday Art Walk off on a high note! Need not be present to win

We are also collecting 47 reasons you love books… tell us your reason on our Facebook page, or next time you are in the store, tape a reason to our turquoise post!

Here is some of what’s happening this month at Edmonds Bookshop:

March 2019 Book Club Book.
March 7 & 20, 2019.  “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann.
National Book Award Finalist * A New York Times Notable Book

A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off…

This was pick #2 for the Now Read This Book Club; visit the website for all kinds of information, including behind the scenes words from the author about writing the book.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 – noon-1 p.m.

Join us in welcoming award-winning author Wendy Delaney and the latest in her fun-filled cozy mystery series, “The Working Stiffs.” The latest is, “No Wedding for Old Men,” just published in 2019.

Wendy Delaney is a long-time member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Mystery Writers of America.

Wendy makes her home in the Seattle area with the love of her life and has two grown sons.

Find all kinds of great information on her website, www.wendydelaney.com

Saturday, March 16, 2019 – noon-1 p.m.

Meet Anna Quinn with her new novel, set in Seattle, “Night Child”

Join us for a great reading/presentation followed by a Q & A session with brand new author, Anna Quinn.

This breathtaking debut novel, examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, this is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.

Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” says this about “The Night Child”: ”A powerful, beautifully written, transformative novel…’Must-read’ is not a phrase I use often; I am using it now: you must read this book!”

Visit her website, annamquinn.com, for more information.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 5-8 p.m.
Third Thursday Art Walk

We are thrilled to welcome back Nicola Pearson, with a special guest, Dr. Timothy O’Rourke, and their new book, “The Gift”

When a near-death stray dog is left outside Riverside Animal Clinic in Mount Vernon, Washington, Leo Friel, DVM, has no idea how saving this dog’s life will impact his own.

“The Gift” is about animal care and caring animals and the magic that happens.

More of Nicola’s writing is here.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – noon-1 p.m.

We welcome Doug Walsh. A writer, traveler and speaker, he makes his fiction debut with the travel-inspired novel, “Tailwinds Past Florence,” a contemporary love story with a magical twist, landing readers in the saddle of a global bicycle adventure inspired by the two years he spent cycling the world with his wife.

For all kinds of information about Mr. Walsh and all of his talents and interests, visit his website here.

For more information about these events and even more events scheduled so far in 2019, visit our fantastic new Events calendar: edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/event.

Recent book releases of note:
“Black Leopard, Red Wolf [Dark Star Trilogy #1]” by Marlon James.

“On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas. The highly anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of “The Hate U Give.”

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin.Signed first editions available.

“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah. Finally in paperback.

“Lost Children Archive” by Valeria LuiselliSigned first editions available.

“The Border: Power of the Dog #3” by Don Winslow.

“Star of the North” by D.B. John. Now in paperback. Staff recommended.

“To Die But Once” by JacquelineWinspear. In paperback.

“Huntress” by Kate Quinn.

“Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Books of note being released in March:

“The River: A Novel” by Peter Heller. The story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. Staff favorite author. March 5, 2019.

“The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. A tale of female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island. Staff recommended. Staff recommended. March 5, 2019.

“Gingerbread” by Helen Oyeyemi. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, the beloved novelist invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe. March 5, 2019

For little kids “Circle” by Mac Barnett(author) and Jon Klassen(illustrator). The multi-award-winning, best-selling duo delivers the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and Circle. March 5, 2019.

“Little Faith” by Nickolas Butler. In this moving new novel, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church. Staff favorite author. March 5, 2019

“Daisy Jones & the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. March 5, 2019.

“The Woman in the Window” by A J Finn. “It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening…” Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, drinking too much wine, watching old movies… and spying on her neighbors. Staff recommended. March 5, 2019

“The Only Story” by Julian BarnesMost of us have only one story to tell . . . only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.  Poignant, vivid and profound this is a searing novel of memory, devotion, and how first love fixes a life forever.  In paperback. March 5, 2019

“The Italian Teacher” by Tom Rachman. A masterful novel about the son of a great painter striving to create his own legacy. Staff recommended.  Now in paperback. March 5, 2019

“The Bird King” by G Willow Wilson. A fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition from the award-winning author A jubilant story of love versus power, religion versus faith, and freedom versus safety. March 12, 2019

“The Parade: A Novel” by Dave Eggers.  A taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners’ role in a nation’s fragile peace. March 19, 2019.

“Inspection: A Novel” by Josh Malerman. Boys are being trained at one school for geniuses, girls at another. Neither knows the other exists–until now. The author of staff recommended “Bird Box” invites you into a world of secrets and horror in this tantalizing thriller. March 19, 2019

“Horizon” by Barry Lopez. Lopez, the visionary author of the National Book Award winner “Arctic Dreams,” reflects on a life spent traveling the world in this new work. Among his destinations: the High Arctic, the Galapagos, the Kenyan desert, Botany Bay in Australia and the ice shelves of Antarctica. (Lopez, who lives in Oregon when not traveling, will speak at Seattle Public Library 3/21/19. The details here. March 19, 2019.

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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