"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
Thanksgiving is my holiday. It’s always been my favorite; food, family, and of course a little football. Growing up, my dad and I would go for a run on Thanksgiving morning so we could enjoy more food without the guilt! We never thought about decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving was good and over. So you can imagine how disconcerting it was two years ago when I bought Island Books and had to think about buying for Christmas and Hanukkah in June! Nowadays, I have to break my own rules and decorate the store for the holidays on November 1st. So I can't help but feel festive already.
Last year we started a fun project that I hope will become an annual Island Books Thanksgiving tradition. We hand-picked books we’ve personally enjoyed from around the store, wrapped them up with a personal note, and drove them around the island to hide our own gems of happiness. This year, we'll be posting clues on social media about where we're dropping presents, so stay tuned and see if you can find them.
November brings some special events including visits from local author Steven Wells, members of the Crazy Horse family, and Nancy Pearl, who will be in conversation with Miriam and James (read our blog about Nancy's upcoming visit here). Everyone is welcome at these events, and even when we expect a big crowd we will host as many as possible. Expect our policy to be first come, first seated.
Book fairs are another big highlight of this month. Last year we donated over $17,000 to Mercer Island schools and we cannot wait to host these community fundraisers again.
And of course there are so many books to celebrate this fall. Besides all the great fiction and nonfiction, there are cookbooks like Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet, picture books like Kate Hoefler's Great Big Things, inspiration like Oprah’s The Wisdom of Sundays, and home design like Moorea Seal’s Make Yourself at Home to enjoy. There aren’t enough waking hours to get through them all!
As we enter the holiday season I am reminded of how thankful I am for this community and all you share with us. Thank you to my bookstore family, my four amazing kids, and my husband who puts up with me every day.
Gobble Gobble to you and yours!