Edmonds Booktalk for May: Great books for sunny weekend ahead

By Elaine Mattson Welcome May 2013! Rumor has it that the first weekend is even going to be nice and sunny. What more could we want? Oooh, I know! How about a great book, recently out in paperback? For you or your mom! Don’t forget: Mother’s Day is May 12… cannot stress the “do not…

Edmonds Booktalk: Just for kids — books from your favorite authors

By Elaine Mattson Spring has officially arrived, and there have even been moments that the sun actually feels warm! Aaaah… time for a well-deserved Spring Break, official or not! But what to read? What for the kids to read? Did you know that a lot of your favorite authors also write books for kids? It’s…

Edmonds Booktalk: Long story short, take a second look at collections

By Elaine Mattson Apparently short stories are the new big thing! Either anthologies, a collection of stories by different authors, or books that are collections of the same author’s stories. This is not actually new thing. (One of my favorite books remains “Cowboys Are My Weakness” by Pam Houston from 2005.) But for some reason,…

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to get those books *you* really wanted

By Elaine Mattson Happy New Year to you all! What books on your list did you not get? Time to rectify the oversights and do your own shopping! The following lists [alphabetical by author], though not at all scientific, are a few of the titles that were favorites of gift-givers. Fiction: • “The Orchardist” by…

Edmonds Booktalk: My favorite Christmas books for kids

By Elaine Mattson December brings some of my favorite things: sparkly lights, festive wrappings, bubbly beverages, and kids’ Christmas books! I love kids’ Christmas books! My newest favorites: “Home for Christmas” by Jan Brett. This is the story of Rollo, a naughty little troll, who runs away from home in order to avoid doing chores,…

Edmonds Booktalk: All things Russian and November events

By Elaine Mattson I have a slight obsession with all things Russian. Mostly of the fancy Tsar-related era, not so much with the gritty ugly reality of the serfs and servants and common people of recent history. And getting to St. Petersburg [Russia, not Florida!] is on my list! This fascination mostly manifests itself as…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate Banned Books Week and enjoy October events

By Elaine Mattson This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012, and celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read. Once again, I feel the need to say: “Thanks, Mom!” She never censored what we read as we were growing up. I’m not saying that she didn’t suggest good and/or better books…

Edmonds Book Talk: Mysteries for summer

By Elaine Mattson I just stumbled on this fantastic TV show [sure, waiting for the Olympics, but still…] on PBS [of course!] called Well Read. I’m sure most of you readers already know all about it, but, I am new to the wonder and the beauty. The host interviews authors, and, somehow, convinced Mary Ann…

Artfully Edmonds: ARTSplash, Art Walk and movies under the stars

By Janette Turner Like summer, some things go by so quickly you have to pay attention, or miss the moment. ARTSplash is one of those events. Read on for that summertime highlight, along with Third Thursday Art Walk, an appearance by Scriber Lake teen writers, outdoor performances, and other notable events for the week ahead….

Edmonds Booktalk: Beach- and travel-friendly ideas for summer reading

By Elaine Mattson It’s not an urban myth: Summer really does start on July 5th! And if the 4th is decent weather, that’s a lovely bonus… so… welcome to Summer! School’s out, most of us will have at least a few days of vacation in the next couple of months… it’s the perfect time to…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books for dads, grads and summer reading

By Elaine Mattson June, and the rain is definitely warmer! End of school, graduations, Father’s Day, summer vacations [for some of us…]: the month contains some big moments! Enjoy them all and take a book with you! What does the dad in your life like to read? There is something new for just about every…

Edmonds Booktalk: Great books that mom would love

By Elaine Mattson May has arrived! And the lovely weekends are scheduled to continue! Beautiful. The most important thing that happens in May is, of course, Mother’s Day! Spoil your mother! There are all kinds of great new books that Mom would love: Fiction: the new Jim Lynch is “Truth Like the Sun”; new Anne…

Edmonds Booktalk: Take a mini-vacation this spring with these great paperbacks

By Elaine Mattson Welcome April! Maybe someday soon we will get to have spring…? In the meantime, I have heard that there are spring vacations looming, and luckily, there are a bunch of books, just out in paperback, that will make great vacation reading. Even if you don’t get to actually go anywhere, they can…

Edmonds Booktalk: Garden books just in time for spring

By Elaine Mattson Welcome March! The bonus February day was crazy! Cold and snow! Who else is so ready for Spring? I’m going to start planting in a couple of weeks, no matter what! With March coming in like a quite ferocious lion, we should have a really lovely end of the month! Some great…

Edmonds Booktalk: Expand your reading horizons this year

By Elaine Mattson February seems to be beginning nice and calmly – made all the sweeter by our surviving the exciting week of snow and ice in January. Amongst all the excitement, how go the New Year’s resolutions? If you are in need of one that would be easy (and fun!) to accomplish, how about…

Edmonds Booktalk: My nine favorite books of the year

By Elaine Mattson There are lists of “best books of the year” appearing all over already. And there will be more. From everyone. And… I get to do one this year! I picked my nine  favorite books from this year. I know, most of the lists are 10, but most of those lists come from entire…

Edmonds Booktalk: A bevy of new books to read this fall

By Elaine Mattson Now that we have, at long last, had a bit of summer, I must admit that I am getting ready for fall. The top is back up on the Jeep, and it is starting to become noticeably darker, noticeably earlier. One of the best parts of fall is all the great books…

Edmonds Booktalk: The best book I’ve read lately

By Elaine Mattson A long-time customer, and a woman I have known since I was a kid (hi Mrs. Pince!), asked me what was the best book I had recently read. And it stumped me for a minute. I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, and have liked a lot of them ……

Edmonds Booktalk: If you like these authors, here are some others to try

By Elaine Mattson There has actually been an occasional day of summer. Hooray! So grab a book, and find a spot to relax and read and breathe in these summer days. Are you reading faster than your favorite author can write? Unless you are reading everything with James Patterson’s name on it (how _does_ he…

Edmonds Booktalk: Read the books before you see the summer movies!

By Elaine Mattson The book is always better! We are smack in the middle of the summer movie season, and it seems that Hollywood is, once again, using books as a great source of material. While this is definitely not a new phenomenon, it certainly seems more common these days, or maybe we are just…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate June with releases perfect for dads and grads

By Elaine Mattson We never really got spring, and the calendar is telling us that summer is right around the corner. Which also means graduations and Fathers Day are right around the corner, ready or not. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sun when it’s here (I’m getting ready to put the top down on…