Edmonds Booktalk: Holiday gift ideas for book lovers on your list

November! The chill is in the air. Time for sweaters, mittens and cozy boots. And to make your lists! Our annual Holiday catalog will be out in the middle of November; in the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started: Fiction: All recently published and staff recommended “A Better Man: Chief Inspector…

Edmonds Booktalk: Adventure memoirs for armchair travelers

October! For some of us, the turning of the calendar page means a bit more indoor time… Some of us love living vicariously no matter the season… For the armchair traveler in all of us, here are a select few epic travel/adventure memoirs: “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a…

Edmonds Booktalk: Look forward to these fall reads

Welcome to September! There are many books we are looking forward to this fall, and we have been lucky enough to get sneak previews of a few of them…  and we are not disappointed! Here are a few of the highlights: “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood.  September 10, 2019. Possibly the most anticipated fall title![see…

Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for summertime reads

Welcome to August! Still plenty of time to do some serious summer reading! Are you getting impatient waiting for the new Louise Penny? [Not too much longer! The new Inspector Gamache novel is coming Aug. 27!] Here are a few authors that we can recommend to make the wait a bit easier: Mark Pryor and his…

Edmonds Booktalk: Highly recommended memoirs

I have been on a memoir kick the last couple of months. Completely unintentionally, they all ended up being by women.  All quite different, from completely different points of view, different times of life, all quite good, and all highly recommended. Alphabetically by author: “All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung.  A young woman…

Edmonds Booktalk: Fantasy novels for Game of Thrones fans

It’s true. “The Game of Thrones” will be ending. Very soon. What will you read now?! Luckily, your favorite local Independent Bookshop has many suggestions for you! Well, OK, before we leave “Game of Thrones” completely – have you read the prequel? “Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (a Targaryen History).”…

Edmonds Booktalk: Favorite mysteries, poets — and independent bookstore day

Happy Spring! One of our favorite book awards is the one presented by the Mystery Writers of America, The Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. The nominees for this years’ best first novel category, are: “A Knife in the Fog” by Bradley Harper “The Captives” by Debra Jo Immergut…

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…

Edmonds Booktalk: Barack Obama’s favorite books, plus upcoming events

Happy New Year! I am so happy to be able to start the year with some light: Barack Obama shared some of the books, movies and music he found most inspiring or thought-provoking in 2018, including works that he “just plain loved,” compiling them into a year-end list. (Look who uses Twitter for good!] His…

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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,…

Edmonds Booktalk: It’s been a memoir kind of year, so get reading

It’s been a memoir kind of a year! An impressive number of great memoirs have been published from all different walks of life: actor; trucker; politician; spaceman; adoptee; holocaust victim; self-educated; priest for a daddy! Many with staff recommendations and great reviews… All available here at Edmonds Bookshop. In order of publication date: “Educated: A…

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….

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…

Edmonds Booktalk: Beach-worthy books for July

It’s July and it’s time to head to the beach! (The sun should be back after the 4th, as usual…) A few books to inspire, inform, invigorate, instruct, and/or influence your next trip to the water near you! • “The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest” by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joe Gaydos. This…

Edmonds Booktalk: Put these books on your summer reading list

Binge reading season begins! Time to get caught up on your series. Or start a new one! A brief list follows, just to give you a few ideas. All of the authors and/or series are recommended by at least one staff member here at Edmonds Bookshop. For middle grade readers: Peter Brown: “The Wild Robot”…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great authors, events and books for spring

Spring is book season! So many great new books. So many great authors and so many great events happening at Edmonds Bookshop, so we’ll just get directly to the good stuff this month! April Events at Edmonds Bookshop. Saturday, April 7, 2018. Noon – 1 p.m. We will welcome author Jennifer Haupt and her brand…

Edmonds Booktalk: Book award winners, for your reading pleasure

Book awards for the year are well under way – lots of great books to add to your reading lists! PNBA in January announced the winners of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Book Awards: “American War: A Novel” by Omar El Akkad “The Book of Mistakes” by Corinna Luyken “Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color”…

Edmonds Booktalk: Our list of favorite historical fiction

Some of the best fiction is based in truth, with the authors doing an impressive amount of homework. The kind of stories where you find yourself not believing some of the things really happened, and then checking with Google… and finding out, yes! It really did happen! Here is a brief list of historical fiction…

Edmonds Booktalk: New books and ideas for the year ahead

Happy New Year! We started out last year learning: “How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life” [Jan. 3, 2017]. And of course, we learned how to pronounce “hygge!” [something like: HOO – gah] Followed closely by, “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” [Jan. 17, 2017], “The Nordic Theory…

Edmonds Booktalk: Bookshop best sellers and staff favorites

December! The last major book award of the year, the 2017 National Book Award, was announced November 15, 2017. The winner for fiction: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward. [Ms. Ward had a great year! She also was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant.] The last list of the year, and my…

Edmonds Booktalk: A look at book award winners, plus November events

November! The last of the major book award of the year, the 2017 National Book Award, will be announced November 15, 2017. To bring you up to date here is a list of some of the big awards with some of the winners from this year. January 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards announced: “Thunder Boy…