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Jonathan Evison at Island Books

The Island Books team has a love affair with local authors. We champion them. We hand-sell them. We throw festivals for them (don’t miss our next one on Sunday, May 20th at 2pm). In short, we adore them. And boy do we have a special one coming our way.

Jonathan Evison, the author of soon-to-be classic Northwest novels such as The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving and West of Here, will be in-store on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30pm. Evison has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1976 and is a married father of three. Anyone who was present when he came by four years ago knows it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Here’s how we chronicled that last memorable Evison appearance:

This was a Big Deal, and we were nervous beforehand. To prepare, we read Evison’s posted author bio and learned he liked beer. Really liked beer. But not IPAs. Cue the panic beer run ten minutes before signing. He was the first author we’ve had who pretty much went through a six-pack of Coronas while making his amazing talk. He was in no hurry and stayed late having long and generous conversations with the audience. There was great discussion of Dickens and Shakespeare, and a great love expressed for the small people of life, à la Steinbeck and Twain. 

Evison’s brand-new book is Lawn Boyaka “The Great American Landscaping Novel" ... continued