Watermark Book Company
612 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone 360-293-4277
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Notes from the Boss Lady

Hello to all of my happy readers! August is upon us, and I have NO IDEA where the time has gone. Truly! We are still very heavy downtown with tourists at this time and that is lovely for business, but it makes us very tired reminding everyone to put on their masks. I am personally so thankful for our continued decisions based on what I have read in the paper and on the news channels. I am hoping that everyone is taking good care of themselves.

I have been going through quite a bit of personal trials in my home life... So if you think of it, send a good thought my way or a smile when you are in shop. And if I am out of shop for a couple of days this month, just know that I will be back. I am simply trying my best to take care of myself, and I am not very good at taking care of myself. I am super good at taking care of others.

I have been reading quite a bit. I finished They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera--I REALLY liked it. It was nicely written. It is a YA book and LGBTQ+ friendly. I will write more about it in my review at the end of this letter. I am currently reading The Song of the Lost Child, by Craig Wesley Wall--he is a new local author that we are carrying. I REALLY like it. It is in the HORROR genre. It is very well written, and it is such an interesting story. I will write more next month after I finish it! I do not know exactly what I am going to read next--Hmmmm... I think Amberly and I may read The Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar.

I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Stay Safe and Healthy, and Happy Reading!
The Bookshop Podcast
Watermark Book Company has been featured in a podcast where Brandy spoke with Mandy Jackson-Beverly about what it's been like since taking over Watermark! Also featured in the interview is local author Kathleen Kaska! Follow this link to listen!
Sounding for Harry Smith
We are so excited for this book by local author Bret Lunsford, a founding member of the bands Beat Happening and D+. In addition to his own musical endeavors, Lunsford operates the loose collective of Knw-Yr-Own, an independent record and book maker based in his hometown of Anacortes, Washington. He is also a writer of history, author of “Croatian Fishing Families of Anacortes” and editor of “Lance Burdon: A Photographic Journey” and “Pictures of the Past: Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History.” He is currently the director at the Anacortes Museum.
"Sounding for Harry Smith is as much an early history of Anacortes as it is a biography of Smith’s formative years here in the Great Depression. Harry became, in Allen Ginsberg's words, 'famous everywhere underground' –an influencer of folk, beat and DIY culture – from cannery row roots where his immersion in art, alchemy, music, film and Coast Salish studies began."
--Bret Lunsford
This Just In
August starts calendar season here at Watermark Book Company, and we have our first batch of wall calendars and planners!
We always have new cards! Come check out the latest from new card lines.
Upcoming Events
Aug 6-8-Anacortes Arts Festival
The first weekend in August is the Anacortes Arts Festival, and we will be OPEN! Come say hi!
Friday, August 20th-Author Event with the Anacortes Public Library
10:00 am at Causland Park
Watermark Book Company is teaming up with the Anacortes Public Library to host children's book author Andrew Root! Andrew will be doing a reading from his book Nerdycorn. Watermark will be there with copies for sale, and we have copies here at the store--pick up yours before they are gone, and we'll see you there!
August 28th-Open Streets
We will be open during Open Streets!
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Watermark Book Club
Sign ups for our Watermark Book Club are open and will happen through the end of ! You can sign up for the book club by replying to this email, sending us a message on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watermarkbookcompanyanacortes/, calling the store at 360-293-4277, or coming in person! The book club meets via Zoom on the first Thursday of every month.
In the meantime, Brandy, Amberly, and Jaycee have been reading They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera. Here's what the team has to say about it:

This was such a clever and original story. In a world in which you receive a phone call on the day you will die, two boys meet on an app for "Last Friends." Their last day together is unbelievable--the story is sweet, surprising, and uplifting. I really enjoyed it.

I only read about fifty pages of this book when I decided it wasn't for me. The writing style felt young and maybe a bit forced, and I wasn't drawn in enough by the plot to continue reading it. I'm really glad the rest of the team enjoyed this book. Maybe I'll try it again at a different time!

What a very, very interesting idea for a book. I was immediately swept up in this story. The author doesn't just paint a picture of getting a call on your last day, he paints an incredible picture of what life would be like, how technology would alter and how people would even respond to this. It was so lovely, sad and inspiring. I had ALL of the feels with this book, and even though he tells you in the title how it is going to end (ha!), you find yourself hoping and wishing and doing all sorts of things to change the imminent ending, and that makes it have its own very interesting element.