A pause on the threshold. How did I get here and where am I going? I came west from New England in the early 1990s and found myself work at the old Rainy Day Books in Issaquah. Just before that store sank under the increasing load of big-box retail pressure, Roger Page walked in and encouraged me to jump to Island Books, where I stayed. Until now.
I moved from my home on Sunday. Said goodbye to the peace rose my then-teenage son gifted me with after first gifting me with a contentious couple of days, and to the particular view out the window I consumed every day with my morning coffee. I am moving from my Island Books home and family as well. 19 years. Yikes. All accumulated one day at a time, but I am now weighing the fullness of two decades spent walking with teachers, librarians, and families of all stripes. There have been many Namaste encounters, and many of you were a bridge through a challenging medical period, and even more of you rescued me from trying days with a friendly face. I feel all of that.
I am leaving on a high note. Laurie Raisys is wicked smart (to use a New England term) and believes in the trickle down Theory of Fun. Lori Robinson is a voracious and knowledgeable reader who already knows huge swaths of you, and the fabulous Lillian Welch will be replacing me as the children's book buyer in concert with her three-year-old daughter Betty. Make 'em welcome.
As for the rest of my Island Books family ... whiskey shots before book fairs, squabbles and confidences in the alley, the satisfaction of working together to nail a customer request. We did good work.
Well, here's me, wide open to whatever I will be called to, and looking forward to being back among my tribe of origin.
Wishing you all the best,
Wed, Nov 4, 10:30am:Wed, Nov 4, 6:30pm:
Pixie Hill Preschool Book Fair
Thurs, Nov 5, 6:30pm: Emmanuel Day School Book Fair
Fri, Nov 6, 6:30pm: Mercer Island Learning Lab Book Fair
Sat, Nov 7, 6:30pm:
PJ Story Time with Katherine Gee Perrone
Tues, Nov 10, 6:30pm: Mercer Island High School Book Fair
Wed, Nov 11, 10:30am:
Thurs, Nov 12, 9:30am: Island Park Elementary School Book Fair
Sun, Nov 15, 4pm:
Julie Barton, author of Dog Medicine
Tues, Nov 17, 9:30-11:30am; 6:30pm-8:30pm: St. Monica Catholic School Book Fair
Wed, Nov 18, 10:30am:
Thurs, Nov 19, 9:30-11:30am; 6:30-8:30pm: Lakeridge Elementary School Book Fair
Fri, Nov 20, 6:30pm: West Mercer Elementary School Book Fair
Wed, Nov 25, 10:30am:
Sat, Nov 28: Small Business Saturday
Tues, Dec 1, 6:00pm: Islander Middle School Book FairWed, Dec 2, 10:30am: Storybook Corner
Island Books hosts an open book club that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.
We always offer a 20% discount on the top ten bestsellers in non-fiction and fiction for the week, as reported by independent booksellers across the country.