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Art Walk Edmonds!



Third Thursdays. Art Walk Edmonds.
Celebrating the art of discovery.
Every Third Thursday. Edmonds.

Every Third Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm The merchants are excited to share with you the specialties of our vibrant downtown core.

Visit the official web site for all kinds of information, including the featured artists and the map of featured locations for each month.





Upcoming Art Walk Edmonds Events at the Bookshop.

July 20, 2017. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5 - 8pm. Join us to welcome Lynda V. Mapes with her latest book, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak, published April 11, 2017.

cover image: Witness Tree

An intimate look at one majestic hundred-year-old oak tree through four seasons--and the reality of global climate change it reveals.

A reporter and a lone 100-year-old oak bear witness to our changing world:

Trees, it turns out, are up to far more marvelous things than we ordinarily think. Mute, passive, unmoving, solitary? Actually, no. Trees talk. Move. Breathe. So numerous are their abilities, and so embedded in a continuum of thrumming life are trees, that to know even one well is to be dazzled.

I learned this from one tree, in particular: a big oak I got to know over the better part of two years, from the tossed sunlit glory of its airy crown, to the small skitter of busy lives in the soil at its roots.

Read the rest of her article here.

Lynda V. Mapes specializes in coverage of the environment, natural history, and Native American tribes.
To learn more about the book, and the blog she kept while at the forest, visit lyndavmapes.com.




 Summer Wine Walks!

Plan Ahead

Saturdays, July 8, 2017 & August 5, 2017. 5 - 8pm. Edmonds Saturday Summer Wine Walks!
A ticket gets you 10 tokens for one-ounce pours. Wristbands, glasses, tasting maps and tokens will be distributed at tables in front of Coldwell Banker Bain starting at 4:30pm the day of the event.
Advanced tickets $25, day of event $30.

Proceeds benefit Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arts in Edmonds.
Visit the web site for all of the details.

The tickets for July 8 are selling quickly!



Previous Art Walk Edmonds Events. Michelle Bear artist!


March 16, 2017.  Our artist of the month was our very own Michelle Bear! We featured an amazing selection of her paintings large and small, spanning the last few years of her career.

Visit her web site for a look at many of her amazing paintings.


Thank you Bob Sears for the great photo!


Upcoming Events




cover: Liitle Wolf's First HowlingJuly 15, 2017. Saturday at 12 noon. We are so excited to welcome Laura McGee Kvasnosky and her newest book, Little Wolf's First Howling. It will be a children's story time, with lots of conversation and even signing of the books. It will be a great afternoon! Do join us!

Some may favor the proper way to howl, but what if you have a song in your heart that needs to come out? A delightful, disarmingly funny tale for little and big wolves everywhere.

Sisters Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee have created a wonderful story about the importance of doing things your own way and being true to your heart when it swells with wildness and joy.

Laura McGee Kvasnosky grew up in Northern California as one of five children in a newspaper family that provided the grist for many of her stories as a noted children’s writer and illustrator. She turned to children’s writing in mid life, and is best known for her series of “Zelda and Ivy” books. Learn more about her and her books, and some behind-the-scenes creation secrets -- so interesting! -- here at her web site.




cover: Imagine MeJuly 29, 2017. Saturday at 12 noon. We will welcome local Seattle author Brenda Fantroy-Johnson and her new book, Imagine Me. In paperback March 21, 2017.

A riveting story of a young black girl’s journey growing up in the early ’60s. The setting is Detroit where dreams are formed from life experiences within a city ghetto. A coming-of-age story set during the height of the civil rights movement, this was a time of music, baseball, and fishing on the Detroit River, a time of developing and discovering identity.
The memoir gives a detailed accounting of how a self-described “good girl” copes with the early tragedies of childhood loss and abandonment. Growing from a child having children to the becoming of a woman who refuses to let herself quit, this is a story of strength and commitment to fulfill her mother’s directive, proving to herself—even through domestic violence, drugs, and alcohol abuse—that faith can get you out and enough faith can overcome fear.
This is a journey of hope and dreams fulfilled.

Brenda Fantroy-Johnson grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated with the highest distinction from Davenport University with a BA in Computer Science. She went on to obtain a MBA from Spring Arbor University. An avid hiker, she has climbed Mt. Rainier, hiked to Mt. Everest base camp and walked the Northern Camino of Spain. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband Harvey and their Perfect Labrador Retriever, Tama.

All kinds of great information available at her web site and blog, here.



Recent Events.


June 24, 2017. Saturday. We welcomed Billy Mac and his book, My Oh My: The Dave Niehaus Story, new in paperback.cover image: My Oh My!

From his web site: This is a baseball book. It is a biography of one of the game’s favorite sons and most devoted servants. It is both a reverent look at the life of that man and a heartfelt reflection on his trade. Furthermore, it is his baseball story as well—the game he grew up with, the players and managers and ballparks and broadcasters who nurtured his baseball heart and led him to fashion an enduring love for the sport.   This is his story.

Visit the official web site, for a bit more information, here.

He was interviewed on KISM radio June 1, 2017. Listen to the interview, here.

Thank you to all of you who joined us -- we had a great Saturday afternoon, complete with peanuts and CrackerJack! (We don't care if we never get back!).
Mr. Mac
was very generous with his time and signed some extra copies of the new paperback, and of the hard cover version, and we still have a couple of autographed copies of each left!



June 10, 2017.  We welcomed Seattle author Charlie Sheldon, and his new book, Strong Heart, now in paperback.cover image: Strong Heart

One stormy May night, just as Tom Olsen is about to leave with his Native American friends to visit his grandfather's grave deep in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula wilderness, he answers a knock at his door to find an abandoned thirteen year old girl.
The girl announces her name is Sarah Cooley and that Tom is her grandfather.  Astonished, all Tom sees is trouble. He knows he should cancel the trip and deal with Sarah, but when his friends suggest bringing Sarah along, Tom reluctantly agrees, hoping a backpacking trip might teach Sarah some sorely needed lessons about character, responsibility and grit.

Adventure, scientific inquiry, a tinge of mystery, and a hint of the unexplainable infuse this meticulously-imagined tale. In a story matching the breathtaking scope of its Pacific Northwest and North Pacific setting, Sheldon's tale startles, yet challenges us to think.



cover image: When the Stars Lead Home

June 3, 2017. We welcomed Edmonds author Laura Weigel Douglas and her brand new book, When the Stars Lead Home. This middle-grade novel was published in paperback March 21, 2017, and is the first in the Green Hill Adventure Camp series.

Twelve-year old Tizzy could not believe how quickly things could fall apart. Last year her only concern had been defending her title as San Juan County's All-Around Rodeo Cowgirl. Now, she is living with two aunts she barely knows and trying to convince them to keep the summer camp where she grew up, Green Hills Adventure Camp, open for business. With luck on her side and more than a little determination, Tizzy will discover that she is capable of more than she ever dreamt and that sometimes, when life changes direction, you have to create your own path to find your way home again.

Ms. Douglas grew up in Shoreline, Washington and was an avid reader from a young age, spending many of her days dreaming of being an author and living on a farm. Laura blogs here.
Her pubisher has a lovely little video to promote her book -- she has it featured on her blog, and you can find it here on you tube.

A big "Thank you!" to all you friends and fans who joined us Saturday afternoon! What a great turnout to celebrate with Laura!



Indie Bookstore Day!


April 29, 2017. Independent Bookstore Day!


We all had such a great time on Saturday! Thank you to all of you who joined us! And a huge thank you to all of you who support us all year long -- you are why we have been here since 1972.
45 years and going strong! Thanks to all of you!

A one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. In addition to fun events there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not online. Only at Independent Bookstores!

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times arts/book critic visited 19 different Seattle-area bookstores in one go for Independent Bookstore Day. [She did it!] and calls it the perfect day. The article here.

Check out the facebook page for more information [perhaps to start planning for next year?!]: SEABookstoreDay.

And follow them on Twitter! @BookstoreDay  [so many fun posts and pics! thank you all!]



April 13, 2017. Thursday night at 6:30pm. Reading Group Night!
We welcomed Katie Mehan and David Glenn, Penguin Random House sales reps extraordinaire. They presented stacks of books that they love and that are great for Book groups to read and discuss.



April 15, 2017
. We welcomed author and former Edmonds residencover image: Justifiable Homicidet, Jeffrey Warren and his new novel, Justifiable Homicide.

Jeffrey Warren is a retired Professional Engineer and longtime entrepreneur.
He is the author of several technical, non-fiction papers and books. He began writing fiction for a family audience during an interlude between companies.
An avid sailor, he lives with his wife, eight horses, a donkey, and rescue dog Scout, on a mountain ranch in Idaho.

For all kinds of information visit his web site: jwauthor.com




Indies First!

November 26, 2016. Saturday all day. Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day.


We had a great Saturday! Thank you to all who joined us.




cover image: Tall Tale

cover image: Cradle in the Waves

A very special thank you to our two guest authors, Kizzie Jones and Anne-Marie Heckt. They were very generous with their time and signed a few extra copies of their books.








cover image: Kari's Bog

November 19, 2016.
 We welcomed local author, Ingrid V Osterhaug, and her very personal memoir, Kari's Bog: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Life, Tragic Death And Legacy.

In the early morning of January 5, 2003, Kari, thirty-one years old and pregnant, was murdered by her mentally ill husband. They had left a hospital hours before in an unsuccessful attempt to admit him for evaluation and treatment. This is the story of the rich and eventful life of a young woman from her birth to her tragic death as told by her mother. It also explores the question, “How could her death have been prevented?”




cover image: Better You Go Home

October 29, 2016. We welcomed local author Scott Driscoll and his novel Better You Go Home.

Seattle attorney Chico Lenoch wonders why his Czech father refuses to contact family left behind the Iron Curtain. Searching through his father’s attic after the Velvet Revolution, Chico discovers letters dated four decades earlier revealing the existence of a half-sister. He travels to the Czech Republic to find his forgotten sister and unearth the secrets his father has buried all these years. There is self-interest behind Chico’s quest. Most urgently, he is nearing kidney failure and needs a donor organ. None of his relatives are a suitable match. Could his sister be a candidate?

Scott Driscoll, an award-winning instructor, holds an MFA from the University of Washington and has been teaching creative writing for the University of Washington Extension for seventeen years. You can find him on the Web at www.scott-driscoll.com.




cover image: The Lost HourOctober 22, 2016. We welcomed Nicola Pearson and her 13 year old illustrator, Maya Keegan, with their book The Lost Hour: A Grand Globetrotting Adventure with Six O'Clock & Friends.

What happens to the hour we lose to Daylight-Savings time? If he's Six O'Clock, maybe he packs his bag and goes looking for work. And because time flies, he flies around the world, finding himself in music and numbers, and even on the front of a bus! The Lost Hour, delightfully illustrated by 13-year old Maya Keegan, is a humorous story about time and travel and finding yourself when you are lost.




cover: One Dead, Two to Go
October 22, 2016.
We will welcomed author Elena Hartwell and her first novel, One Dead, Two to Go : An Eddie Shoes Mystery.

Private Investigator Edwina "Eddie Shoes" Schultz's most recent job has her parked outside a seedy Bellingham hotel, photographing her quarry as he kisses his mistress goodbye. This is the last anyone will see of the woman... alive. Her body is later found dumped in an abandoned building. Eddie's client, Kendra Hallings, disappears soon after. Eddie hates to be stiffed for her fee, but she has to wonder if Kendra could be in trouble too. Or is she the killer?
Before she knows it, Eddie is knee-deep in dangerous company, spurred on by her card-counting adrenaline-junkie mother who has shown up on her doorstep fresh from the shenanigans that got her kicked out of Vegas.
Also investigating the homicide is Detective Chance Parker, new to Bellingham's Major Crimes unit but no stranger to Eddie.

Ms. Hartwell joined us fresh from her workshop presentation at the EPIC Group Writers, "Research in Writing."  Visit the EPIC web site for more information on this Edmonds writer's group and the scheduled events coming this fall.

Elena Hartwell's writing career began in the theater, where she also worked as a director, designer, producer, and educator. She lives in North Bend, Washington. For more information, visit her web site. elenahartwell.com.




cover image: Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a PelicanSeptember 29, 2016. We had a fun and successful evening at the Edmonds Yacht Club to celebrate the launch of Kizzie Jones' new coloring book.

A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a Pelican: How a Friendship Came to Be by Kizzie Jones and Scott Ward.
In this charming coloring book, a sequel to her award winning book, "How Dachshunds Came to Be," Kizzie Jones shows us that true friendship is not just about looking past each other's differences...it's about discovering and celebrating those differences.
Again illustrated, beautifully, by Scott Ward!

We have copies of all of her books in the store, many of them autographed!




cover image: Downfall

September 23, 2016. We welcomed Seattle author and perennial staff favorite,  J. A. Jance and her latest Joanna Brady novel, Downfall at the Mukilteo Library.

Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady returns in this outstanding new mystery set in the beautiful desert country of the Southwest.
With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal.

For all kinds of information about Ms.Jance visit her web site.




cover image: Avenging the Owl
September 17, 2016.
We welcomed Melissa Hart, the author of the debut middle-grade [grades 5 - 8] novel, Avenging the Owl. Published April 5, 2016.
This 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.

For all kinds of great information, visit her web site, MelissaHart.com




cover image: Being Home
September 3, 2016.
We welcomed Rebecca Ross with her new book, Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are.
Rebecca Ross grew up wanting to know why some houses felt better than others. Helping people in their real spaces became her mission. In 2000, after twenty years as an architect, she founded The Composed Domain, which melds her architecture background, her understanding of spatial energy, and her skill at organizing things and information. As a professional organizer, she works directly with home and business owners in their spaces to reduce clutter, restore balance, and enhance well-being. Rebecca has become a specialist in hoarding and chronic acquiring, partnering with Seattle area therapists to support people dealing with serious issues.
For all kinds of additional information visit her web site.









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