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

Hi there to all of my happy readers. My trip was lovely--we packed up the kiddos and rented a 30-foot RV and we hit the road. We took six days and traveled around the Olympic Peninsula. We hiked, we ate, and we spent time together. I was looking for peace and connection, and my children were looking for cell phone signals. It was very comical at times. My favorite stops were Lake Quinault and Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. So much fun! But alas, I am back and back at it.

Independent Bookstore Day was so much fun. It felt so nice to see everyone and to sort of catch up. We remain busy around here. We moved a couple of sections of the store around to better accommodate some of the genres that we want to continue to carry and grow. We also helped with a fundraiser for Fidalgo Elementary School PTA. We met many kiddos for the first time--we were there while they celebrated books and reading, and that felt REALLY good. We were also able to help the PTA raise some money. And that is my happy place.

Looking forward--we are gearing up for the tourist crowds. They are coming. The store is STOCKED and ready! We are keeping ALL of our safety protocols in place for now. I see no reason to lessen those.

On my trip I read the new Taylor Jenkins Reid book, Malibu Rising--it comes out in June. While I have previously LOVED her works, this particular title was not my favorite read. It was light and fun and refreshing, and it would make a really GREAT "beach read." However, it just did not have enough umph for me.

I am currently reading Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie--it comes out June 22nd, and I am really liking it so far. The writing is nice and the story is fun, and I look forward to sitting down with it each day!
I will report back my full thoughts next newsletter.

Happy Reading and Stay Safe,

Congrats, Grad!
It's been an unconventional final year for our seniors. Let's make their graduation celebration feel extra special with books, gifts, and cards!
Mother's Day
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th, and here at Watermark, we're ready! Are you? We have books, soaps, chocolates, and cards--everything to make the mothers in your life feel appreciated and loved.
Spring Has Sprung!
We are so ready for the sunshine, and we know that you are too! Stop in for fun spring inspiration.
Thank You for a Wonderful Independent Bookstore Day
Independent Bookstore Day was so much fun!!! Thank you to everyone who visited us and made this day special for your favorite independent bookstore!
This Just In
We are excited to introduce new puzzle lines! We have new puzzles to pair with books in the Illustrated series--Bestiary, Herbiary, and Crystallary. We also have new John Derian puzzles, which have matching journals and notepads.
We have fresh stock of your favorite Foot Traffic socks, including fun new prints for adults and kiddos!
Updated Local Map by Anders Rodin
This favorite local map by local artist Anders Rodin is newly updated and printed! It is available in large, medium, and small sizes, and it would be a truly beautiful and informational piece to display in your home.
This Just In for Kids
These new Cubles are way too fun! Ages 6-12 will have fun assembling them with some assistance, and older kiddos and adults should have no problem assembling them. Amberly put the tiger together, and it took her about half an hour with some assistance from Brandy.
New Gloplay glow-in-the-dark wall stickers, featuring our favorite six year old!
Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 9th-Mother's Day
We are OPEN for Mother's Day! Come grab your last-minute gifts, or bring the mothers in your life in--what better way to spend Mother's Day than at the bookstore?
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Watermark Book Club
Watermark Book Club is on Zoom! It is a closed book club, and you can let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist. In the meantime, feel free to read along with us! This month we are discussing The Leaving Year, by Pam McGaffin. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
This is a debut book by a local author. This book instantly draws you into the story, and you are really drawn to each of the characters. I really liked how thoughtful the main character, Ida, was. You see her through the toughest and darkest journey of her life. The relationship between mother and daughter is really nice, and I enjoyed reading about Alaska (though the story begins in Anacortes). You really felt the characters develop.