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Religion to the rescue?

Seattle area faith based organizations continue to aid refugees who have settled here from countries where they have suffered immeasurable harm. Buddhist monks are also in the news these days as they champion the continuing genocide of Burmese Rohingya Muslims. Religion continues to confuse with its examples of wondrous good and unlimited evil. Or is religious belief just the poster child for what lurks behind it; some good and some evil people who use religion as the lodestar for what they are inclined to do in any event?

Since April is the Easter month, it's a good time to search for a silver lining. Read more...

Author Events and Readings
Monday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Book Launch at BARN: Jonathan Evison
Jonathan Evison's new novel of white privilege, class conflict, and belated coming of age is receiving rave advance reviews. 
And so he wanted to give Bainbridge Island -- Evison's hometown and the primary setting of  Lawn Boy -- an advance chance to get their hands on it.  By special arrangement with publisher Algonquin Books, we'll be able to put it in your hands as of Monday, April 2, -- a day ahead of its release -- at a launch party at Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. The party will feature pizza, drinks, a short talk from Evison, and curated vinyl music from Bainbridge's Gary Bedell, aka DJ Sidecar. Copies of Lawn Boy will be available to purchase, and for Evison to sign. For a sneak peak, listen to the most recent podcast by Bainbridge Community Broadcasting featuring Jonathan and our own Jim Thomsen.

Sunday, April 8, 3:00 pm
Join us for a conversation between Bainbridge author  Carol Cassella and Seattle author  Jennifer Haupt, whose new book  In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills is a riveting saga that spans from Civil Rights era Atlanta to post-genocide Rwanda. At the heart of this literary novel that crosses racial and cultural boundaries is the search for family on a personal and global level. Set amongst the gaping wounds of a healing country, follow the intertwining stories of three women who discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness. This event is not to be missed!

Thursday, April 12, 6:30 pm
Help us welcome Ben Guterson for an introduction to Winterhouse, his charming urban fantasy for middle readers ages 9 - 12. Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.
Guterson was born and raised in Seattle. Before working at Microsoft as a Program Manager, Ben spent a decade teaching public school on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in rural Colorado. He has written features and book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites, as well as a nature-travel guide to the Southwest. 

Friday, April 13, 5:00 pm
Educators and family and friends of children are invited to an early evening reception for Bainbridge Island author  Lynn Brunelle in celebration of her new book,  Turn This Book into a Beehive! and 19 Other Experiments and Activities that Explore the Amazing World of Bees. It's the real buzz on bees, delivered in the most ingenious and interactive way. Come celebrate with Lynn, and learn how STEM education can literally rock both at school and at home. Light refreshments will be served at this event, which is geared toward adults.  Educators who buy books for the classroom will receive our 20% educator discount.  Then watch our calendar for a hands-on, kid-friendly event later in April.

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Help us welcome Olympia author Matt Young when he talks about his much heralded memoir, Eat the Apple. Searing in its honesty, tender in its vulnerability, and brilliantly written, Eat the Apple is a modern war classic in the making and a powerful coming-of-age story that maps the insane geography of our times.
Matt Young has written the Iliad of the Iraq war--searing as the desert sun, powerful as a rocket-propelled grenade. He live through three hard tours as a Marine and returned to tell this breathtaking tale. Read it if you love your country. Read it if you hate war. His book will strengthen your heart and soul.
Tim Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

Friday, April 20, 5:00 pm
Families are invited to share in our Earth Day observations with a great new offering from  Joseph Gaydos and Audrey BenedictExplore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids
Filled with beautiful photography and engaging narrative, from the authors of  The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, this book is aimed at children ages 7 - 10 years old. This book is sure to spark outdoor explorations, covering wildlife habitats, geodiversity, intertiday and subtidal sea life, and highlights about the unique nature of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem. Join us for an early evening multi-media presentation!

Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon of great hiking ideas when author Don J. Scarmuzzi introduces his latest book, Day Hikes in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Favorite Trails, Loops, and Summit Scrambles within a Few Hours of Portland and SeattleCovering trails and loops around Portland and Seattle, this guidebook provides avid hikers with full-color photographs and maps, detailed information on every trail's elevation, distance, difficulty, and duration, and specifics of the route with the Don's own personal tips. 

Thursday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Join us when Bainbridge Island author  Rosalys Peel does a reading and signing for her book  Mike & Me: An Inspiring Guide for Couples Who Choose to Face Alzheimer's Together at Home. When her husband Mike was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Rosalys made a deal with him. Together, they vowed that they would manage Alzheimer's in their own home and go right on living life as normally as possible for as long as possible. They had many adventures and also saved countless thousands of dollars by caring for Mike in the familiar surroundings of their own home.

Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm
Join us when Portland author Keith Rosson talks about his new book,  Smoke City, with Bainbridge writer Larry Weiner. Smoke City is a spellbinding, imaginative genre-bending tale of two unlikely companions -- Mike Vale, a volatile, down-on-his-luck alcoholic artist, and Marvin Deitz, a Portland record store owner and remorseful reincarnation of Joan of Arc's executioner. The two are on a road trip from Portland to Los Angeles across a landscape populated with "smokes," ghostly apparitions that have begun appearing all over the southwest. At its heart, it is a gorgeously written book about two men seeking absolution.

Saturday, April 28
Independent Bookstore Day!

Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. In the Seattle region, 19 area bookstores celebrate together as partners, giving our customers even more ways to love local!  Here at Eagle Harbor Books, we will have fun activities and giveaways all day long, as well as some limited-edition merchandise for book lovers.  Please visit  @SEABOOKSTOREDAY  for more information.

April Savings

Cyber Monday - April 2
Another way to save this month is to shop online with our 20% Cyber Monday sale on April 2. The store will be open all day, but you can save by shopping online!

Mystery Awards!
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. With winners to be announced on April 26th, you can save 15% all month long on mystery/suspense titles..

National Poetry Month!
April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. We'll help you celebrate with a savings of 15% on all poetry titles throughout the month.

May we recommend...

Follow Me Down, by Sherri Smith (Forge)0765386704
In this gem from first-time novelist Smith, Mia Haas returns to her North Dakota hometown after learning that her twin brother Lucas is missing-and a suspect in the murder of one of his teenage students. Mia's ham-handed sleuthing sends her afoul of the local police and sends her down the rabbit hole of prescription-pill addiction. By the time she uncovers credible evidence, Mia herself may not be credible enough to sell it. Unfussy prose, fast-paced storytelling, unpretentious settings and subtly layered character depth make this a page-turner that will linger with the reader. ~ Jim

Never Caught: the Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Ona Judge was born a slave at Mount Vernon in 1773, property of Martha Washington. At age 16 she was taken from her mother to accompany the Washingtons to New York, and later to Philadelphia. Six years later, she slipped out of the Executive Mansion one evening and disappeared into the free black community. George Washington pursued her for over a decade, to no avail. This compelling must-read intimately traces the lives and thinking of both blacks and whites in the early days of our nation, and casts a sharp eye on the behavior of our first First Family. Bravo, Ona Judge! ~ Victoria

Don't Skip Out on Me,  by Willy Vlautin
Horace Hopper, the half Paiute, half Irish protagonist of this novel, is never quite sure where he belongs. His parents abandon him to his unwelcoming grandmother, who in turn sends him out to live with an elderly ranching couple, who dearly love him and want to leave the ranch to him. But Horace feels the need to prove his worth, believing boxing can deliver the recognition he craves. And so he sets off down a grueling road. Vlautin has delivered a heartbreaking, tough, true tale of the West, and his characters resonate long after you put the book down. ~ Victoria

The Folding Cliffs: a Narrative of 19th century Hawaii
by W.S. Merwin
In this book-length verse narrative, modern master poet Merwin has interwoven the complex threads of Hawaiian history with the account of one family and community stricken with leprosy on the island of Kauai. At once epic and intimate, Merwin's chronicle also fuses the strains of cruelty, intolerance and greed in Hawaii's uniquely tragic past with the primal beauty of the islands themselves. I found this to be an uncommonly moving and rich reading experience. ~ John

Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse,  by Anne Carson
This book is short and delicious and painful. It turns poetry and ancient Greek myth into a raw wound of a coming of age story about a boy named Geryon with red skin and leathery wings, who loves a boy named Herakles. It's like nothing I've ever read. ~ Rose

Kafka on the Shore,  by Haruki Murakami
Reading this novel is like being dropped into an alternative dimension. It follows a young runaway boy and an aging man who is inexplicably drawn to him. The boy navigates his new independent life and a hazy Oedipal curse as he discovers the unavoidability of fate. This is my favorite work by Murakami. 
~ Rose

The Argonauts,  by Maggie Nelson
All of Maggie Nelson's work demonstrates a valiant tenderness, but in this book she turns to theory to examine her own queerness, her pregnancy, and the family she has formed with her partner, Harry Dodge. Intellectually challenging and deeply touching, this is essential reading for anyone thinking about what family means in the 21st century. ~ Rose

Asymmetry, by Lisa Halliday
Halliday's debut novel is stunning for several reasons, including her use of language and the unconventional blending of two seemingly unrelated stories. First, we encounter Mary Alice and her June/December affair with a Nobel laureate; then we swiftly shift to Amar, an American-Iraqi economist who has been detained at Heathrow Airport. As each story unfolds, the reader is enticed to find the threads that knit them together-fame, political turmoil, isolation, dissatisfaction, coming of age, and the search for passion. This is a high wire act of amazingly articulate proportions that deserves to be savored! ~ Susan

Alternates: Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness,  by CAConrad
CAConrad is a delightful and prolific queer poet who, in this book, guides himself through a series of rituals designed to keep the poet in an "extreme present." He collaborates with crystals, trees, strangers, and assorted authorities to write a poem inspired by each ritual. Should you embark on these rituals yourself, you will be invited to abandon propriety and self-criticism, but they're fascinating enough to simply read as his own experiences, too.  ~ Rose

Against Everything: Essays, by Mark Greif
A refreshing and clear examination of why we do what we do, by a man who will be first to admit he has no right to "throw the first stone." ~ Rose

New in Hardcover Fiction
American by Day
by Derek B. Miller
Anatomy of a Miracle
by Jonathan Miles
Alternate Side
by Anna Quindlen
by Christine Mangan
Speak No Evil
by Uzodinma Iweala
To Die But Once
by Jacqueline Winspear
New in Hardcover Nonfiction
The List
by Amy Siskind
Fascism: A Warning
by Madeline Albright
Make Trouble
by Cecile Richards
by Ellen Blackstone (ed.)
The Strange Order of Things
by Antonio Damasio
Dear Madam President
by Jennifer Palmieri
New in Paperback Fiction
Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz
The Witch Doesn't Burn in this One
by Amanda Lovelace
Anything is Possible
by Elizabeth Strout
My Darling Detective
by Howard Norman
The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith
New in Paperback Nonfiction
Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
Eight Flavors
by Sarah Lohman
Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
by Giles Milton
An American Sickness
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
How Emotions are Made
by Lisa Feldman Barrett
Can It Happen Here
by Cass R. Sunstein
New Books for Kids
Truck Full of Ducks
by  Ross Burach
Hello Hello
by  Brendan Wenzel
  Buy Now
Inky the Octopus
by Erin Guendelsberger
Good Dog
by  Dan Gemeinhart
Wild Robot Escapes
by Peter Brown
Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth
by Sheila O'Connor
New Books for Young Adults
Orphan Monster Spy
by Matt Killeen
I Have Lost My Way
by Gayle Forman
Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard
Store Book Groups
Drop in - You are welcome!
All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15% 
up until the date of discussion

April 3, 7:00 pm
The Hydrogen Sonata,
by Iain M. Banks
(Offsite meeting location TBD) 
April 24, 7:00 pm
Midnight in Peking,
by Paul French

And there's more...
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