"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
Fall is here, and after spending this past weekend at the annual Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association conference in Tacoma, I can confirm there are an incredible number of amazing books coming out this month. It was fun to catch up with bookselling friends, publishers and authors–an event I look forward to every year. New books like Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis, The Witch Elm by Tana French, and Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver can keep you company as you curl up with a warm cup of fall coffee.
If fall cooking is on your mind, Home Cooking with Kate McDermott comes out on October 16th. We're excited that Kate, a James Beard nominee also known as "the pie whisperer," will be visiting our store for Cookbook Book Club on Sunday, November 11th from 4-6pm. Get your copy early so you can perfect a few recipes before our potluck.
We're also looking forward to visits from Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, authors of American Scrolls and Touching on Place on Sunday, October 14th at 3pm, as well as Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour, on Sunday, October 21st at 11:30am.
The Great American Read voting on KCTS will end on October 18th. We've been taking our own poll and the local front runners are The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird, followed by a six-way tie between Gone with the Wind, A Prayer for Owen Meany, 1984, The Hunt for Red October, Charlotte's Web, and The Book Thief. Keep an eye out for our final results in a few weeks.
We're getting closer to our 45th anniversary. It's been heartwarming to have customers old and new come in the store with interest in what we're promoting as part of our #45Daysto45Years countdown. We love it when people share a favorite bookstore story or incident that happened when they were a kid growing up in this amazing community. Be sure to mark your calendar for November 1st, when we'll celebrate in a big way as Island Books enters middle age!