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This is the power of gathering: it inspires us to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. ~ Alice Waters


A recent book has me thinking deeply about our community. Among the lovely things about living on Bainbridge Island are the gatherings that regularly occur here. From dinner parties, to community meetings, to gala events, we islanders know about gathering!  The Art of Gathering, How We Meet and Why It Matters, by Priya Parker is a wonderful and insightful resource for creating profoundly enjoyable encounters. Parker reminds us that meeting with people is an important part of being human. She also makes it clear that doing it with intention benefits all, in extraordinary ways.
Participating in a vibrant community and creating a sense of belonging is important to us here at the bookstore. Whether we are having a face-to-face discussion with a customer, hosting an author event for many, or reading to young children, these are important interactions. Because as Parker explains, good things happen when people really connect. 
 
Parker, a professional facilitator with a background in conflict resolution, has studied extensively what makes meetings and parties successful. From changing the focus away from logistics and onto the actual purpose of the gathering, and how you want your guests to feel, these interactions are transformed. She provides insights and easy prompts for making all gatherings memorable. 
 
I look forward to applying these new ideas to all the ways in which we gather with you here in your bookshop. Because in this community, gathering is what we do best.
 
~ Jane

Author Events and Readings
Thursday, September 6,  6:30pm
Come for a night of stories, art, and wisdom when Indianola artist, Jewish storyteller, and scholar Zann Jacobrown talks about a book she illustrated, Palace of Pearls: The Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, retold by Howard Schwartz. Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810) is widely considered to be one of the foremost visionary storytellers of the Hasidic movement, guiding his followers on a spiritual path inspired by Kabbalah. Three-time National Jewish Book Award winner Howard Schwartz has masterfully compiled the most extensive collection of Nachman's stories available in English, beautifully illustrated by Zann. Zann Jacobrown's paintings, prints, and designs have been exhibited in one-woman and collective shows in art centers, galleries and art shows for almost thirty years.
 

Sunday, September 9, 6:30pm
It's a Pajama Party! Best-selling Bainbridge Island author Suzanne Selfors, who always throws the best parties, will be joined by children's author and Island Treasure George Shannon to celebrate the release of Suzanne's new book, Wish Upon a Sleepover. Wear your pajamas and slippers, and join the fun with a scavenger hunt, treats and prizes! Order your book now to save a space!

Wednesday, September 12, 3:30 pm 
We're hosting an ENORMOUS storytime in celebration of Roald Dahl Month!  Calling brave children of all ages, we are celebrating Roald Dahl Month with you by gobbling* up a good book. Come hear Roald Dahl's picture book, The Enormous Crocodile, do fun activities and make a crocodile of your own! The reading will begin on September 12 at 3:30 p.m. with activities to follow immediately after. It makes for a perfect after-school activity for kids and their families to enjoy together.
* No children will be gobbled up during the reading of this book. We promise.

Thursday, September 27, 5:00pm
Young fans of graphic novels won't want to miss meeting Canadian author/illustrator Faith Erin Hicks when she visits us to talk about The Divided Earth, the final book in the Nameless City trilogy.
Hicks delivers a heart-thumping conclusion to the trilogy. With deft world-building, frantic battle scenes, and a gentle and moving friendship at its heart, The Nameless City has earned its place as one of the great fantasy series of our time. Suggested for ages 9 - 12. 

Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30pm
Join us for the launch of Seattle University Law professor Ronald C. Slye's book, The Kenyan TJRC: An Outsider's View from the Inside. Slye will discuss his incisive history of the Kenyan Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission with store owner 
Dave Danielson.
"The Kenyan TJRC provides the fascinating, definitive history of the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that Kenya's own government sought to suppress. Unlike any other text, Slye offers an equally unforgettable human story about how a courageous outsider fought to keep a process fair, so that even a deeply flawed human rights institution could make a difference." -  Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School, Former Legal Adviser and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights, US Department of State 

September's Special Events!
Educator Night!
Thursday, Sept., 20, 6:00pm






We are celebrating teachers, administrators, home-schoolers, and friends for a get together at the bookstore! We'll have food and drink, and discussions about our offerings for schools: educator discounts, author visits, help in finding books for curriculum, in-store book fairs, and more. Our new manager of the Children's and Young Adult sections, Jenna DeTrapani, is ready to partner with you for innovative programs. We'll have some swag for the classroom, and tell you about the programs we have for kids during the school year and beyond. All educators and friends are welcome!
 
In-store Book Fair
to benefit Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center







We will donate 20% of all sales between 5pm and closing to this important nonprofit, which is committed to the well-being of immigrants, and the development of a rich multicultural community. KIAC works to empower, educate and integrate immigrants through advocacy and social justice.
Ray Garrido, Legal Service Director for KIAC, will speak during the event, bringing folks up to date on what is happening to families in our region.  Come and learn about this important Kitsap resource, and support our immigrant sisters and brothers while you shop.  
Save the Date!
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2:00 pm
at the North Kitsap Community Auditorium in Poulsbo








Award- winning and bestselling author  Leif Enger ( Peace Like a River) will talk about his new book,  Virgil Wander, in a special West Sound Reads event. The event is sponsored by Eagle Harbor Book Company, Liberty Bay Books, and the Kitsap Regional Library, and is free and open to the public. With his first novel in ten years Enger creates an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.  Preorder the book now, and save 20%!
May we recommend...
Leadership in Turbulent Times, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Few historians are as well-positioned to elucidate the timeless qualities of our greatest presidents than Goodwin, and she does so here with aplomb. In an era when politics is reduced to tribal posturing and a disturbing willingness to cut off the nose to spite the face, this book is a much-needed reminder of how great leaders transcend party dictates and populist whims. An erudite, engrossing portrait of leaders able to meld ambition and moral purpose to better the lives of those they serve. ~ Tim


Magnolia Table, by Joanna Gaines
A New York Times bestseller, Magnolia Table is a wonderful collaboration of family stories and recipes. I've always admired Joanna's decorating talents and now we can enjoy her secrets in the kitchen, too. While we might not be able to get to Waco, TX, to see the Magnolia Table restaurant in person, we can now maybe make a slice of the pie. This is definitely one of my favorite gifts to give this year!  ~ Kathie

  Buy Now

I'll Keep You Safe, by Peter May
Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane are the owners of Ranish Tweed, a successful Scottish cloth manufacturer. They've worked hard to bring their version of the historic tweed industry to the attention of the fashion trade and are thrilled to receive an order by a flashy British designer to showcase their tweeds at a Paris show. While in Paris, Ruairdh is murdered. Is it a Russian plot? An angry Russian husband? A random terrorist act? A jealous fashionista? This Peter May stand alone is a deliciously atmospheric story with marvelous twists and turns. Full of texture and color and rich Scottish language, it is as rich as the tweed that is at the heart of the story. Peter May is Scotland's top thriller writer and readers will not be disappointed by this story and will wish for the sequel that is likely never to be.  ~ Susan


The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
This whimsical story starts in Kansas Territory in 1857, amid anti- and pro-slavery battlegrounds, in and between beer hall towns, where John Brown traveled before his ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry. The narrator: Henry, a diminutive black shoe-shine boy who says he's 11 or 13 years old, makes some kind of sense of his life with John Brown during those years. James McBride, with an exquisite use of the patois of the times, recounts Brown's blinding adherence to his made-up version of the Bible in his effort to free slaves - whether they like it or not. The result is an hilarious and confounding story, rich in characters, and told through imagined conversations with the heroes of the fight against slavery, such as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. But the story's true hero is language. The description of a how a dance-hall girl's dress, decorated with flowers, moved as she slithered down the stairs should be on anyone's list for the most delightful paragraph of fiction every written. It's well and good that McBride won a National Book Award for this one.  ~ Dave


Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer
Joe Biden and Barack Obama super sleuthing crime mysteries - what more could you want? Hope Never Dies is a perfectly nostalgic read to help get you through the current political woes. Sure, it has its eye-rolling oddball moments, but it is brilliant, from the concept to the execution. The book is pure Obama-Biden bromantic fun! I also appreciate how respectful the author is with regard to some of the most hard-hitting topics in Biden's personal life, as well as when it refers to the current state of the nation. For a satirical novel, the author really takes great care where it matters most. I'd read more like this. Absolutely. ~ Jenna


Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, by Marcy Campbell
This was recommended to me by Alison, our Children's Buyer, and boy, am I glad she told me to read it. This perfectly illustrated, character-driven picture book puts the reader in the mind of a young girl who instantly judges one of her classmates. Through her, we see how a child who is not innately empathetic to others learns empathy. We learn not to judge by appearances and to gain an understanding about the hardships that our peers may face. It is a beautiful, thought provoking read that gave me chills by the end. Highly recommended! ~ Jenna


Give Me Your Hand, by Megan Abbott
Kit Owens and Diane Fleming, friends since childhood, have both chosen to enter the male bastion of scientific research. Sailing through their PhDs, they are then thrust into the gender-power world of academic laboratories, grant battles, and politics that would rival anything in Washington. Though competitors, their friendship endures because they share a dangerous secret that could derail their careers and destroy their lives. Abbott often chooses a subculture in which to set her thrillers and the maelstrom of scientific research is perfect for this taut, emotion-steeped tale of ambition, competition, excellence and obsession.  ~ Susan


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
I admit that the title of Mark Manson's book initially irritated me, but after reading reviews, I decided to give it a try. I'm happy to report that Manson isn't proposing we go through life "not giving a f*ck". Instead, he encourages us to constantly question our values to determine what we should care about - because we must care about something - and then deprioritize the rest. As a person interested in Buddhist and Stoic philosophies, I found Manson's approach entertaining and more accessible compared to more "serious" writings on the same subjects. If you can imagine Marcus Aurelius, the Buddha, and George Carlin co-writing a book together, you have a pretty good feel for the tone of the book. Last, I found Subtle Art's examples timely for our current era of anxiety riddled news, instant digital gratification, and 24x7 social media culture. Look beyond the surface of the coarse language, and you may find, as I did, that Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is worth giving a f*ck about. ~ Kiyo


New Fiction
Hippie
by Paulo Coelho
Sea Prayer
by Khaled Hosseini
Time's Convert
by Deborah Harkness
The Silence of the Girls
by Pat Barker
Katerina
by James Frey
Crudo
by Olivia Laing
New Non-fiction
The Spy and the Traitor
by Ben Macintyre
These Truths
by Jill Lepore
Rising Out of Hatred
by Eli Saslow
How Do We Look
by Mary Beard
Accessory to War:  The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Leadership in Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
New in Paperback Fiction
Home Fire
by Kamila Shamsie
The Scarred Woman
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Ninth Hour
by Alice McDermott
Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King and Owen King
A Healing Justice
by Kristin von Kreisler
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
New in Paperback Non-fiction
Scandinavians
by Robert Ferguson
When Rap Spoke Straight to God
by Erica Dawson
Sticky Fingers
by Joe Hagan
Red Famine
by Anne Applebaum
Barking to the Choir
by Gregory Boyle
Draft No. 4
by  John McPhee
New Books for Kids
I'm Fun, Too!
by  Jonathan Fenske
The Alphabet Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak
Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses
by Susan and James Patterson
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
by  Trudi Trueit
Resistance
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Wonderland
by Barbara O'Connor
New Books for Young Adults
Sadie
by Courtney Summers
City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab
That's Not What Happened
by Kody Keplinger
And there's more...

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