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……

Edmonds Booktalk: Bookshop now offering audiobooks through Libro.fm

We are thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with Libro.fm, the first audiobook company that directly supports independent bookstores. Libro.fm is the brainchild of two Edmonds-Woodway High School grads, and we are proud to join over 200 other independent booksellers in launching their membership service. The highlights: Your first audiobook is only 99 cents….

Edmonds Booktalk: Uncertain times call for hygge (and a good book)

So the good news is that we all survived January. And the world is still intact. At least mostly. Here is one good idea to help get us through the next month or two: surrounding ourselves with only good things and good people. The Danes have apparently perfected this way of life. They call it:…

Edmonds Booktalk: Book-related events to brighten your January

Welcome 2017! This year is sure to be interesting. I am going to do my part by making the conscience choice to be nice. And what could be better than starting close to home and doing something nice for my future self! Definitely something art or literature related. Care to join me? Start easy and…

Edmonds Booktalk: Who’s on your book-giving list this season?

Welcome to book-giving season! At the Edmonds Bookshop we are always happy to help you select a book for that special person on your gift list. This time of year we make a special effort to have an extensive and varied selection so we will be able to help you find a book for everyone….

Edmonds Booktalk: What books, authors are you grateful for?

For what book or author are you particularly thankful? And why? An interesting question to ponder, yes? As the season of thankfulness begins, Michelle has put together a beautiful window display at the bookshop, in which we all share books and authors for which we are grateful. I am thankful for the authors of some…

Edmonds Booktalk: Favorite novels from Edmonds Bookshop staff

I have been completely remiss in my first novel reviews, so I enlisted a bit of help. The following few titles are first novels that at least one of us at The Bookshop has read and liked. “The Girls” by Emma Cline. …perfectly captures the chaos & confusion of the ‘60s… Ron “The Glorious Heresies”…

Edmonds Booktalk: One month left for summer reading

I apologize for pointing this out, but there is only about one month of summer left. Have you accomplished anything on your list? I really have not. I have an excuse: silly fall, broken leg, surgery. Now recovering nicely, but I have done nothing but deal with that for the last few weeks. And for…

Edmonds Book Talk: Ideas for your summer reading list

Let’s go to the professionals for a wide variety of suggestions for your summer reading lists: Ten new paperbacks to tote along this summer. The Mary Ann Gwinn Lit Life Column here. Bill Gates’ 2016 summer reading list is here. From the Washington Post: “As summer approaches, here are some of our favorite reads –…

Edmonds Booktalk: Lazy summer days perfect for darker reads

Reviewing a list of the books I’ve read, and liked [some I’ve even loved] the last couple of years, it seems that I have been on quite the post-apocalyptic binge. And summer would be a perfect time for you to delve into this dark and twisty genre. When you are sitting on a lovely sunny…

Edmonds Booktalk: Pulitzer Prize-winning reading for you — or Mom?

The 2016 Pulitzer Prizes got awarded April 18th, and your fearless columnist approves. One of the best books I read last year won in the Biography or Autobiography category: “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan; and another of my favorites was a finalist in the Fiction category: “Get in Trouble: Stories” by Kelly…

Edmonds Booktalk: No shortage of reads about Sherlock Holmes

I love it when a piece of literature spills over into popular culture and becomes such an integral part of the contemporary zeitgeist. And don’t you love when you get the inside jokes and references because of the books you read? Fantastic. Sherlock Holmes has been in movies and on TV and in other books…

Edmonds Booktalk: Spring reading fun ahead

The year 2016 is moving quickly! The official first day of spring is on its way: March 19; Easter is early this year: March 28; and March is just packed with all kinds of fun at The Bookshop. March Events at The Edmonds Bookshop: March 5, 2016. Saturday at Noon. We will welcome local author…

Edmonds Booktalk: Resolve to read more in 2016

Welcome to 2016! Crazy! Any book-related resolutions this year? Read more? Read something out of your normal comfort zone? Read, or re-read, a classic? Read to and with your kids? Join a book group? Stop by the bookshop and we can help with suggestions for any of those. Resolved to go to more live book…

Edmonds Booktalk: Give the gift of reading with these book suggestions

Welcome to December! Is anyone ready? I’ve been checking my lists… …of the books I have read so far this year. I have some great recommendations, for you, or as a gift perhaps… perhaps? Alphabetical by author: Chelsea Cain: “One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Thriller.” First in a new series. Dark and twisty. Our protagonist…