February was a month filled with surprises and a winter wonderland for the record books. There were snowmen with lopsided smiles on every block, and children giddy with school cancellation sledding down hills. While many of the small businesses on the island struggled with the disruption in everyday business, we wanted to support those around us and do what we could to help ease the Snowpocalypse strain. Despite the challenges, we were proud to remain open every day of the month. We wanted to be a place members of our community could walk to and feel warm and welcomed, so, as customers shook the snow off their boots, we greeted them with coffee, hot chocolate, cider, and tea. As you all know, our community is deeply important to us, and we were happy we could be there.
One of my favorite authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid, has a new book coming out today that echoes the emotional performance Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the 2019 Oscars. The tension couldn't help but remind us of TJR's new book. Daisy Jones and the Six is an oral history about a fictional 70s rock band that will leave you breathless. The characters are vivid and enchanting in a way that haunts you long after you close the final pages. When you finish, re-watch that performance—your heart will ache. Our event with TJR is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, and we have a memorable night planned. Call and reserve your space or purchase your ticket online. The doors open at 5:30pm for the pre-party with a signature cocktail and light appetizers. The event will begin at 6:15pm. We are excited to have TJR on the island again and hope you will join us.
In other news, the Mercer Island Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, March 24th, and we have a team walking around the island once again. We had a great time last year and expect it to be better than ever. If you want to walk with the Island Books team, reach out, and we’ll tell you how to sign up.
We have author events happening all month long with authors like Robert L. Tsai, Ana Maria Spagna and Heather Uplake, and Lauren Danner, and new titles on the shelves including Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, and The Women's Suffrage Movement edited by Sally Roesch Wagner. We always have a surprise waiting for you somewhere; I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in March the surprises come with sunshine instead of snow.
See you in the store,