Mercer Island appears as a sort of a geographical bullseye in the middle of Lake Washington when looking at a map of the greater Seattle area, and it just might have some kind of magnetic quality, judging by the concentration of thoughtful and whip-smart employees working for Island Books. This month’s store newsletter highlighted so many great features from the store’s website that we wanted to cover, we finally decided we’d better wrap them all up into one piece or it might look like the Island Books crew had hijacked our site.
April’s National Poetry Month inspired several gems. There’s Cindy’s exploration of “Poetry Deficit Disorder,” Roger’s ode to poetry in his own life and Miriam the Magnetic Poet’s reflection, which we recently ran right here on NWBL.
Also featured are curated lists of books in which various aspects of Seattle are the focus. “See Seattle through new eyes” by choosing books from this Seattle in Fiction list, or “look back at the history of the metropolis across the lake,” and pick a title from the Seattle History collection.
And then there’s this sweet story that proves we’re not the only ones noticing that Island Books has something special going on. James’ thank you post to the mystery book artist who left a hidden treasure for the staff among the stacks is right and good in so many ways.
If you’re in hop-across-the-lake proximity to Island Books but haven’t been to the store, May 16 might be a good day to make a visit, as the store welcomes Pacific Northwest Book Award-winning author Jim Lynch for his new Seattle novel, Truth Like the Sun, currently #1 on the Pacific NW Independent Bestseller List.