Denise was born and raised in Seattle. She has won
awards for her writing, acting and teaching. While her
fascination with history planted the seed for this
historical-fiction, it was her years of research, including
numerous interviews, which brought to light the facts woven
through her novel. More information on
In the background are some of Michelle's amazing works of
September 17, 2016. Saturday at noon. We wlll welcome
Melissa Hart, the author of the debut middle-grade
[grades 5 - 8] novel,
Avenging the Owl.
Published April 5, 2016.
is a story about staying true to yourself when things get tough.
Solo has every reason to lash out, but he ultimately needs to
find a way to cope. Avenging the Owl deals with the difficult
issues of suicide and depression, but more than anything it
captures the powerlessness of being a kid. It won’t be easy, but
the wild beauty of Oregon, its cold, empty beaches and
captivating wildlife, may be just what Solo and his family need
to help them start over.
As well as reading from her new book, there will also be a
family-friendly pesentation about raptors, owls, and owl
"Melissa Hart's presentation is fun and engaging for both
children and adults. Her knowledge of raptors and owls is
impressive and her enthusiasm is infectious. The addition of an
owl pellet dissection to her book reading makes for an exciting,
hands-on author event."
For all kinds of great information, visit her web site,
June 16, 2016. We welcomed Edmonds resident, author Jennifer
Bardsley. Her debut novel, Genesis
Girl: Blank Slate Book 1, was just published June 14,
Fifty years ago cell phones unleashed a
Brain Cancer Epidemic.
Terrified by technology, worried
parents entrusted their children to a charismatic leader.
Barbelo promised to keep his Vestals safe from the Internet,
hidden behind lead-lined walls.
Now, digital purity is
valuable and a Vestal named Blanca is auctioned off to the
Blanca is the most obedient eighteen-year-old
her purchasers have ever met.
She is a blank slate for the
genesis of anything they want.
But too bad for Blanca.
Their new beginning could be her end.
Jennifer Bardsley is a newspaper
columnist for The Everett Daily Herald. She lives in Edmonds,
Washington with her husband and two children. You can find
Jennifer online at
Ms. Bardsley was most generous and signed a stack
of books for us. While they last, we have autographed first
editions of her first novel available to purchase.
May 21, 2016. We
welcomed Laura Moe with her brand new
novel, Breakfast with Neruda.
A high school teacher and librarian, Laura
Moe is a published poet, but her great love is fiction. She
generously signed a stack of her books for us, available while
May 12, 2016. We
welcomed Mel Conner and his latest novel,
Llove the Llama.
From the author:
My second novel took me seven years to
write, and I'm pleased with how it came out. The lowdown: Two
Christians, an atheist and a witch walk into a bar…. in Cuzco,
Peru, where they encounter Theo Duncan, an aimless history grad,
who is only dimly aware that he’s starving: for purpose, love,
community. When he and his new companions aren’t battling gators
in the Amazon or getting swallowed by landslides in the Andes,
they debate the number of deities which animate our world –
zero? one? a bunch? – thereby transforming their lives in
April 30, 2016. Was Independent
We all had a great time, thank you to all who joined us, and
for your great support all year.
Jim Lynch was here and signed copies of his fantastic new novel Before the Wind.
Q&A with the author; and a great new [4/14/16]
ALSO: Jim Lynch is on Well Read!
Check your local PBS listings, and visit the
Well Read web site to watch the show online.
March 26, 2016.
Saturday at noon. We welcome
Thuney and his book Bucolia: Hijinx
in the Hinterlands. The Whatcom County author
has been crafting columns, composing blogs, and recording radio
shows for nearly 30 years in northwest Washington.
In a humorous and heartfelt way, Bucolia
narrates Matthew’s bewildered attempts to adjust to country
living in Whatcom County's South Fork Valley (aka “Bucolia”).
Fun mini-review here.
And the web site with the whole story,
March 19, 2016. We will welcomed
children's author Kate Lund and her book
Putter and the Red Car: A Cross-Country
Family Adventure. A picture book about a dog and his
family driving across the country from Boston to Seattle. Brand
new in paperback January 21, 2016.
facebook page is here.
March 5, 2016. We welcomed local author
Leroy Henry and his book
Blueberry Muffins Are Up A Buck A Pair.
A surrealistic romp through a parallel
universe in a much different era of the 1950's than we ever
recall. A fun and imaginative fantasy novel from the minds
of co-authors, songwriters and best friends written in the early
70's and just recently unveiled to the unsuspecting public.
web site to learn how the book came to be, and all kinds of
other behind the scenes info [and more fun flashback photos!].
facebook page for updates on the adventure.
February 27, 2016. We welcomed local author
and her first book, Coins in the
Fountain, new in paperback, January 8, 2016.
Innocents Abroad collide with La Dolce Vita when the
author and her husband arrive in the ancient city of Rome fresh
from the depths of Oregon.
Their story begins with a month
trying to sleep on a cold marble floor wondering why they came
to Rome. It ends with a hopeful toss of coins in the Trevi
Fountain to ensure their return to the Eternal City for visits.
Ten years of pasta, vino, and the sweet life weren’t enough.
Part memoir, part travelogue, Coins in
the Fountain will amuse and intrigue you with the stories
of food, friends, and the adventures of a couple who ran away to
join the Circus (the Circus Maximus, that is).
for all kinds of great information.
We have a few autographed copies for purchase while they
January 21, 2016.
We welcomed Edmonds author Bruce
Fergusson and his book, Two Graves
for Michael Furey. New in paperback last August 20, 2015.
James Malloy has had his share of
troubles, but when he meets and falls in love with Katie Walsh,
he is sure his life has finally turned around. But not for long.
Shortly after the two become engaged, Katie disappears. Many
months pass before he learns – in the most shattering way
possible – what happened to her.
Find out all about Mr. Fergusson at his web site:
Mr. Fergusson was generous with his time, and
signed a stack of his books for us! So, while they last, we have
autographed copies of this local author's books!
We had a surprise visitor
at the end of November: Jonathan Evison,
live and in person.
He chatted and visited with us and all the customers in sight
-- and he generously signed all of his books that we put in
front of him! So, while they last.... we have signed copies of
his newest novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet
Chance! as well as two of his previous bestselling, and
staff favorite, novels, West of Here
and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
[major motion picture starring Paul Rudd coming in 2016.]
Stop in soon, or give us a call and we'd be happy to hold one
November 7, 2015.
We met Kelli Estes, local author of
The Girl Who Wrote In Silk.
Inspired by true events,
Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric
debut novel serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to
do the right thing, and the power of our own stories. In
paperback, July 2015. Visit
her web site
for more information about her book.
Ms. Estes read, discussed, and signed her debut novel during an open house at
The Blue Door Wellness Studio, "...which is
dedicated to cultivating creativity, community, and renewed
connectivity with our true and authentic selves."
October 31, 2015. We welcomed author
Tiffany Pitts! She
scared us just a little bit with readings from
Wizzy Wig, a book for Young Readers.
Wizzy Wig: The Thanatos Rising Series
Jake Denny has a pizza problem. Even though
they are officially friends now, he still can’t figure out how
to talk to Kix Welty, the intimidatingly hot delivery driver
from Pizza Joe’s. Every time he tries to ask her out, he ends up
rambling on about video games, kung-fu movies, or science. She
must think he’s the most boring boob on the planet.
Thanatos is thirty-two pounds of (mostly) Maine coon cat. He
lives upstairs from all this mess, and he definitely does not
approve. Together, he and Pansy will set the Universe back to
rights. They will conquer villains! They will avenge things!
They will… Wait…who is Pansy?
24, 2015. We welcomed author
A.C. Fuller and his debut thriller,
The Anonymous Source.
One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane--a brilliant,
fitness-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard--wants
nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But
when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his tightly controlled
world is rocked: his editor buries his story, a source turns up
dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media
As he receives tips from a mysterious source,
Alex enlists the help of a captivating professor, Camila Gray.
Aided by an Internet genius, a billionaire's sexy widow, and a
washed-up sports reporter, Alex and Camila discover a
$500-million secret that could derail the largest media merger
And it's a secret that could get them both
In this debut novel, we meet a young journalist chasing the
biggest story of his career--from the courtrooms of New York
City to the beaches of Hawaii, from a crowded newsroom to a
lavish boardroom at the top of a media empire. New in paperback
June 12, 2015.
A.C. Fuller is the creator and host of the
WRITER 2.0 Podcast, a
weekly interview show featuring award-winning writers and
publishing experts. He teaches English at Northwest Indian
College near Seattle and has taught journalism at New York
University. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and
two children and is hard at work on the sequel to
Source. Visit his web site:
October 17, 2015. We welcomed author
Mahlon Blaine's Blooming Bally
Bloody Book by Roland Trenary and Mahlon Blaine.
This historical novel takes a rollicking ride through one-eyed
Mahlon Blaine's adventures and experiences as an early
Mahlon Blaine's Sinbad by
Roland Trenary and Mahlon Blaine.
more than a coloring book, with full page Mahlon Blaine
illustrations that first appeared in The Adventures of Sindbad
the Sailor in 1936. All thirty-three drawings are included here.
The original tales from 1907 were Laurence Housman adaptations
of the Sindbad voyages in Stories from the Arabian Nights,
originally published in London.
And find out so much more on the web site:
10, 2015. We welcomed author
Erica Strauss and
her brand new book -- just published September 29, 2015! --
The Hands-On Home: A Seasonal Guide to
Cooking, Preserving & Natural Homekeeping.
Want to create an organized, productive, and beautiful
kitchen and home? Popular Seattle blogger, Erica Strauss
(Northwest Edible Life) shows us how in this modern homekeeping
handbook for thrifty DIYers who care about sustainability. A
fresh take on modern homemaking, this is a practical (and
sometimes sassy) guide to maximizing your time, effort, and
energy in the kitchen and beyond. With a focus on less
consumerism, it will teach you how to organize your kitchen and
home to make the best use of your time. For those yearning to
live a more ecologically minded, grounded lifestyle, this book
is full of practical, no-nonsense advice, fabulous recipes, and
time- and money-saving techniques.
Erica Strauss is the founder of
Northwest Edible Life, one of the most
popular and well-respected urban homesteading and gardening
blogs in the country. A professionally-trained chef, she shares
her fun and punchy perspective on garden-to-table eating and
living a slow-ish life though her writings. Erica was featured
in Best Food Writing 2013 and regularly writes for national
cooking and gardening magazines. Her blog is here:
September 4, 2015. We welcomed
Michael N. McGregor and his new book
Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax.
Just published September 1, 2015.
Written by a writer who met Lax in Greece when he was a
young seeker himself and visited him regularly over fifteen
years, Pure Act is an intimate look at an extraordinary but
little-known life. Much more than just a biography, it's a tale
of adventure, an exploration of friendship, an anthology of
wisdom, and a testament to the liberating power of living an
Michael N. McGregor is a professor of nonfiction writing at
Portland State University and a summer writing coach for the
Collegeville Institute's Apart and Yet a Part workshop week.
He also has roots in Edmonds: he worked at Europe Through the
BackDoor [back in the day...], and hails from here in the north end!
August 15, 2015. We welcomed
Cathy Ross and KC Winters, the authors
of Color Boldly, a book for children
ages 3 - 8 that encourages freedom and creativity when making
any kind of art.
August 2, 2015. We
welcomed home, Jill Charlotte
Stanford, Edmonds native, a graduate of both Edmonds
Grade School and Edmonds High School! She always wanted to be a
cowgirl and the books she has written prove that she made that
dream come true.
Cowgirl's Cookbook: Recipes For Your Home On
The Range and Keep Cookin' Cowgirl:
More Recipes For Your Home On The Range.
Take a dash of western myth, a healthy sprinkle of vintage
photographs, and a dollop of tall tales and instructional
sidebars, simmer with a delicious selection of western recipes,
and, voila—The Cowgirl’s Cookbook. From June’s Ranch Beans to
Joan’s Chile Rellenos, these hearty fixin’s will feed a city
girl’s fantasy as well as a country boy’s
belly. A sure favorite
with locals and tourists alike, these recipes ain’t just for
trail drives no more!
site for all kinds of additional information.
July 25, 2015. Saturday at noon.
Local author & editor Julie Shayne
was here with her latest project, one she edited:
Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research
in the Americas. For all kinds
of great information about the book, and a couple of glowing
review quotes, read the flyer from the publisher
Julie Shayne is Senior Lecturer in
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of
Washington Bothell and Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender,
Women, & Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Caribbean
Studies at the University of Washington Seattle.
July 14, 2015.
Was the official publication date of Harper
Go Set a Watchman.
We opened quite early to have the book available first thing.
Thank you to all of you that joined us to start your day!
More info about the book is
PBS NewsHour 7/13/15.
Great new interview: talking about the new novel with a longtime
reviewer for the Washington Post.
And of course, everyone involved wants to have