Edmonds Booktalk: Dive into these memoirs from women

Welcome to November! There is an amazing new batch of memoirs by women. They run the gamut from humor to creativity to grief to rock and roll. And most include combinations of some or all of the above. They are by women of all ages and from many walks of life, and they touch on…

Edmonds Booktalk: It’s starting to feel like book-reading weather

It has been a lovely first week of fall. I would be OK with a couple of months of this. A little chilly at night, but still lovely and sunny during the day. Good weather to snuggle in at night, with a book! Fantastic. So many events at the bookshop this month and so many…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great books for fall

Wow, it’s September. Who else isn’t ready? One thing that helps make the transition a bit easier is all the great fall books that begin to arrive! Some of the books that I am particularly looking forward to. Starting with the novels: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson’s…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Aug. 18 — Ivan Doig Day

Happy August! Aug. 18, 2015 has been proclaimed Ivan Doig Day! To celebrate the official publication date of his final book. From his very first book, the nonfiction, “This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind,” published in 1978, Ivan quickly became a favorite at The Edmonds Bookshop. Legend has it that his very…

Edmonds Booktalk: Staff favorites for great summer reads

Happy July! A short list of suggestions for great summer reads: books to grab you, and take you away to a different time or place… Elaine’s recommendations: “The Martian” by Andy Weir. [paperback] The Parasol Protectorate series: “Soulless”, “Changeless”, “Blameless”, “Heartless” and “Timeless” by Gail Carriger. [all paperback] Mary Kay’s recommendations: “A Man Called Ove:…

Edmonds Booktalk: Binge reading season begins

Happy June! So it rained June 1. As usual. Still. We are going to claim– it’s coming on summer! And I declare it to be: Binge Reading Season!! Time to get caught up on a favorite series, or maybe start a brand new one! What a great thing to have on your “things I accomplished…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday

Happy May! May 2, 2015. All day Saturday. Independent Bookstore Day. There are 17 Indie Bookstores in the greater Seattle area participating in the first National Independent Bookstore Day. All are participating in the passport contest, in which the winner can receive a $25 gift certificate to each participating bookstore. Check our Events Page for…

Edmonds Booktalk: Short story suggestions for spring

Happy April! Spring officially sprung a week or so ago, it is definitely feeling warmer, even when it’s raining, and the best part: it is staying light out later, expanding our lovely days! What a perfect time to expand your reading horizons as well! I have overheard more than one of you say, “Oh, I…

Edmonds Booktalk: New spring books hitting the shelves

Happy March! It has already been amazingly spring-like in our little corner of the world – we will take it! Once again, it becomes obvious that we live in the best place on earth! And so many good books to read – really, how could we want anything more?! The first couple of weeks of…

Edmonds Booktalk: Award-worthy books to add to your reading list

It’s award season! The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award winners have been announced, the National Book Critics Circle Finalists for publishing year 2014 were announced, and The Newbery & Caldecott Medal and Honor winners should be announced any day now. [Visit the Edmonds Bookshop website for the lists!] It’s also movie award season! And this year,…

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons in 2015

Happy New Year!! Just to help … let’s make this one of your resolutions: Expand your reading horizons. We will start with finding you to read something in the SciFi and/or Fantasy realm. You are probably already reading things that technically qualify, they just aren’t advertised that way… we won’t tell anyone…. and we will…

Edmonds Booktalk: Hooray — an extra hour to read!

The first weekend in November has the best night of the year: We get to turn our clocks back an entire hour! And you know what that means – an entire extra hour to read! You don’t _have_ to wake up at 2 a.m., change the clocks to 1 a.m., and then read for your…

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to break out fall book awards, favorite authors

Welcome to Fall! I realize it gets darker and wetter, but really, all that means is more time inside to read! And this time of year often brings fantastic new books from authors we already love, and others that may soon make our short lists. A great place to start is Mary Ann Gwinn’s column…

Edmonds Booktalk: Still time for some late summer reading

Just because it’s already Labor Day doesn’t mean you have to give up on your Summer Reading! All kinds of great books and series have been quite popular this summer, and there is still plenty of time to read! Great series for young readers: “The Last Dogs” by Christopher Holt. Book #4, “Journey’s End,” was…

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reading fun — books that are also movies

One more month of official summer! One more month of reading anything you want! [not that you have to have an excuse to read whatever you want, whenever you want, but in case you do …!] How about getting caught up on books that are being turned into movies? “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our…

Edmonds Booktalk: Sizzling summer reads and author visits

Edmonds Booktalk is sponsored by Edmonds Bookshop, located at 111 5th Ave. S. Read to the end for a special offer.   Look at that: We made it to June! Lovely weather forecast for the first week – we may get spoiled! Get ready for graduations, Father’s Day, and summer vacations! Luckily the publishing industry…

Edmonds Booktalk: May means it’s time for warm-weather reading

It’s May! My second-favorite month of the year… not only does it start getting to be top-down weather [yay! Top down in the Jeep!], but there is also a fantastic list of new books coming in late spring and summer from some of my favorite authors to read on vacation! Or on the deck! A…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy Spring! The sun, when it makes an appearance, feels warm. The tulips in my flower pot are blooming. And it is light out — clear until after 7p.m., even! Don’t you love that part? April is National Poetry Month. And we will be celebrating at The Bookshop. For our Third Thursday Art Walk festivities…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrating Dr. Seuss all month long

March! We are going to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday [March 2nd] all month long here in downtown Edmonds! And The Cat in the Hat will be in town helping! Comstock Jewelers, Revelations Yogurt and The Edmonds Bookshop are committing the entire month of March to collecting as many new and gently used children’s books as…

Edmonds Booktalk: 2014 book award winners announced

Welcome to February. Which means, you survived January! Always a good omen for the year ahead…! Book award season starts as early as all the TV and movie awards do. We already have the 2014 winners of the PNBA Awards, The Caldecott, and The Newberry. The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American…

Edmonds Booktalk: Ring in the new year with a good book — or several

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014! We start with a moment of quiet reflection for a few of the famous, prolific authors we lost in the past year… Elmore Leonard, 87, whose stylish crime novels were fodder for several movies; best-selling author Tom Clancy, 66, who penned high-tech, Cold War thrillers; Doris Lessing, 94, a…

Edmonds Book Talk: Novel ideas for the holidays

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for lots and lots of little white lights and other festiveness everywhere! That makes the long dark nights, oh, so much better! We start with book award-related news: On Nov. 20, the National Book Awards were announced. A few of the winners are: • Fiction: James McBride, “The Good Lord…

Edmonds Booktalk: Fall is in the air, and so are new books

There is something in the air this fall. Several of our longtime favorite authors have new books coming out in the next month or so. Some are continuing longtime series; some are revisiting characters that they introduced to us many years ago. Here are the ones that are making my stack, oh, so much higher!…