"Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important. We can speak to each other across time."
—The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The holiday season is coming to a close, and as the new year rolls around, it is time for Nancy and me to say goodbye to you all and begin another chapter of our lives. When we began to plan for our retirement we promised ourselves that we'd stick around until the shop was balanced on both wheels. Now it's time to let go of the seat and watch Island Books pedal confidently into the future. We're happy our beloved store will continue to thrive.
Partings seem different as we grow older. They come more frequently now. Parents pass, neighbors move, children grow up and move out. More often but no easier. Maybe harder, because of all the memories.
Nancy and I have more wonderful memories of Island Books than I could possibly convey. I started solo 31 years ago, we married and joined forces shortly thereafter, we had bookseller children, and now they are off on their own. The store has been our second home. It has seen a book signing with our chickens, hundreds of late nights of amateur carpentry, cases of wines, book fairs, author readings, two thousand Harry Potter disciples at midnight with brooms, Roger Dollar Days, weeks of selling by candlelight with a pencil during the semi-annual power outages, and more fun and riches than anyone could ask for.
You all have been so generous to us. We've been given quilts, loyalty, friendship, amusement, and kindness. Most of all we have been given stories. Every customer comes to the store with a story and searching for a story. We had the true privilege of sitting at the center of that whole huge community of tales. There were nights we went home and thought our hearts would burst.
I have a recurring dream now. Nancy and I are on a empty station platform waiting for a train destination unknown. It's dark and we are alone. Just as the train arrives, two old fellas walk up and join us. One is named Wistful and the other is named Blessed. They are both going to accompany us on our journey.
We will miss you all, with your stories and cheery faces.
We hope our paths cross again, on the streets of Seattle or perhaps shopping in that special store we all know and love.
Roger and Nancy
P.S. If you drop us a line with your contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org, we promise if nothing else a letter next holiday season. It will be nice to stay in touch.
Wed, Jan 13, 10:30am:
Wed, Jan 20, 10:30am:
Sun, Jan 24, 5pm:
Jennifer Longo, author of Up to this Pointe
Wed, Jan 27, 10:30am:
Wed, Jan 27, 7:30pm:
PLEASE NOTE NEW NIGHT IN 2016: Open Book Club: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
To kick off 2016, we're tackling Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Goldfinch, which raises many questions that bear revisiting. Come and share your thoughts.
Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.
We always offer a 20% discount on the top ten bestsellers in non-fiction and fiction for the week, as reported by independent booksellers across the country.