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…

Edmonds Booktalk: 2017 — the year for non-fiction

Wow, October! I probably should have seen it coming… It has been quite the year for non-fiction titles. More than a few are about the current political situation, as you may imagine, but there are also many biographies, memoirs, science and history titles that have enjoyed some great attention. There is quite an impressive list…

Edmonds Booktalk: ‘Domestic thrillers’ for your September reading list

Happy September, ready or not! There is now [semi-officially] a new fiction sub-sub-genre that began with “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train.” In general we’ve been calling them thrillers, or even psychological thrillers, but I saw the phrase “domestic thriller” in Publishers Weekly the other day, and I am co-opting that, and tweaking…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books to get you through dog days of August

Happy August! One more official month of summer. Plenty of time to get some more reading in! At the beach; at the pool; in whatever shade you can find, or create; in front of whatever fan you can find… with an ice cold beverage close at hand….ahhhhh…. Here are a couple of great sources to…

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reads, garden books and it’s Waldo Time!

Happy July! Summer has officially begun, and it has been lovely. How lucky are we?! Our window displays are telling the story of July at Edmonds Bookshop: We have one window full of stacks of great summer reads. And re-visit my June column for even more great recommendations, here. Our little side window is full…

Edmonds Booktalk: Suggestions for your summer reading list

Happy June! As promised, a little list to get your summer reading started. Not surprisingly, it ended up being more than a “little” list. So many good books! I have divided the list into Fiction and Nonfiction [alphabetical by title], and included only paperbacks [at least for the main list. Couldn’t resist a small addendum…

Edmonds Booktalk: Sneak peak of summer books and hope for warmer weather

Spring in Edmonds? We were totally hoping for a more definitive weather-related seasonal change. Unfortunately, it still feels like really early spring. Or not very late winter. Yikes. But there are indeed some signs of hope! Of course, the cherry blossoms and the tulips have come, and some of them are on the way out……