"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
— Maya Angelou
July is usually the month that we jump out of our winter hibernation and go into full summer mode. We prep for vacation reads and ramp up our in-store projects. From pulls to refreshing stock, July is
We will also have our usual slew of book clubs: Open Book Club and Knitting Book Club. But we are also adding the All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship to our repertoire as a series on July 20th and 27th at 6:00pm. We are reading So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo. Register to participate here. There are other organizations on the Island hosting this book club if our dates and times do not work for you.
We are disappointed that we cannot hold our events in the store and physically bear witness to our community, but we encourage you to stay engaged virtually and to come in and browse if you can! We miss you all and hope you keep calling us, emailing us, and interacting with us on social media if you can't come in to say a masked hello!
Be well, stay safe, and wash your hands,
Island Books is launching its 2020 Summer Bookmark Contest during the month of July. This year's theme is How I spent my pandemic vacation.
All ages are welcome to participate.
Entries are due on July 31st. Come by the store to get a copy of the entry form or download it from our website.
Join us on Thursday, July 16th at 5:00pm as we host a conversation with Elise Hooper, Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jen Longo, and Justina Chen! These women will be discussing the present and future realities of women writers, the ways women writers can empower each other, and ways we can all promote marginalized voices and give credit to BIPOC who haven't been included in the publishing industry. Register for this important event here!
This month, Laurie, Lori, and Kelleen recommend One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.
Bea Schumacher is a stylish and fabulous plus-sized blogger with a huge following and a guilty pleasure in the hit show Main Squeeze. A late night fierce tirade on Twitter about the lack of body diversity on the show leads to an opportunity to feature as the next star, the next one all the men get to compete for her love. The next months are a flurry dates, fashions, and camera lenses, and Bea slowly learns about the walls she puts up, the assumptions she makes, and the power of loving herself before falling into love with someone else. This read was so enjoyable due to Bea's poignant observations and realistic reactions. Stayman-London doesn't shy away from getting realistic about the perils of stardom, especially when you don't fit into society's ideal of who gets to say "I do."
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All events listed are virtual! Participants must register to view.
Thurs, July 16, 5:00pm:
Island Books Women Writers Panel with Elise Hooper, Susan Rebecca White, Jasmine Guillory, Jennifer Longo, and Justina Chen
Mon, July 20, 6:00pm:
All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship Meeting One: So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Tues, July 21, 5:00pm:
Island Books Women Business Writers Panel with Mikaela Kiner, Tiffany Dufu, and Rebekah Bastian
Mon, July 27, 6:00pm:
All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship Meeting Two: So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
Tues, July 28, 6:00pm:
Karlos Dillard, Author of Ward of the State
Thurs, July 30, 7:30pm:
Virtual Open Book Club: Calypso by David Sedaris
In-Person Outdoor Signing with Elise Hooper
Virtual Call with Elise Hooper and Tracy Reese, Authors Fast Girls and Amy Snow
Thurs, Aug 6, 4:30pm:
Knitting Book Club: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
We will notify you through our social media and website if new virtual events are scheduled!
Island Books has its own YouTube channel with events, author interviews, and videos from our staff.
Register for this event here!
If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso, you'd be wrong. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality.
Register to participate here!
In August, our Knitting Book Club will be reading Inheritance by Dani Shapiro.
This memoir tracks the the journey of the author when she finds out that her father is not her biological dad, and the urgent quest to unlock her own identity. Inheritance is written at a breakneck pace with beautiful precision and prose.