"Let us read and let us dance—two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."
In March, we march forward, we spring forward another hour, and we have March Madness.
Growing up as the only girl in a highly involved sports family, I learned to enjoy football in the fall and basketball in the late winter. Basketball was always my favorite. Since I was born in North Carolina, I will always be rooting for Duke, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest. Kentucky, U-Michigan, and Kansas are always fun to watch, and I can't help but jump up and cheer for the Cinderella story teams like Seton Hall, Butler, VCU and Wichita State. One of my favorite moments every year is when they play One Shining Moment by Luther Vandross at the end of the NCAA tournament and recap the best moments. I have never missed it!
In our own backyard, we have Gonzaga starting strong. They just recently experienced their first loss. To keep it all in perspective I've recently enjoyed two books for basketball fans: The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein and Glory Hounds: How a Small Northwest School Reshaped College Basketball. And Itself by Bud Withers. If you read them, catch me in the store and let me know what you think. I know I'll be sad when college hoops are over.
As much as I'd like to, I can't spend all my time on basketball this month because we have a busy March schedule at the store. In addition to our weekly Wednesday Storybook Corners, we'll welcome local author Michael Medved to talk about his book The American Miracle, pick a winner for our short story contest, sell books at the Mercer Island Women's Club luncheon featuring author Kelli Estes, host local author James Osborne, sell books at Laura Kastner's event with Parent Edge, celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Cookbook Book Club featuring Short Stacks, present Leif Whittaker, author of My Old Man and the Mountain, and Lauren Goldstein, author of Our Short History, read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend for our Open Book Club, and sell books at Aljoya for their event with author J.A. Jance. See the store calendar in this newsletter or check our website for more details.
On Sunday March 19th, I'll continue marching forward by walking in the Mercer Island Half Marathon with Victor and a handful of friends as an Island Book team. Let me know if you want to join us! March, March, March forward.