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

Hello to all of my happy readers. Life has been such a wonderful blur. I went on my trip with my family--we went for 9 days to Banff, Canada. We stayed in Canmore for 5 of those days and visited that lovely town. We took a day and went to Calgary and we took another day and visited Banff proper. We hiked, we saw lakes and glaciers and thank goodness we saw zero bears!! We then traveled to Lake Louise and spent a couple of days there, and hiked up to see 3 lakes, and we gained 1,300 feet in elevation while hiking. It was snowy and we had rented spikes, which I was so thankful for. Janet was the youngest person we saw on the trail and everyone kept telling us how wonderful she was doing. We rode the Gondola to the summit and we took the long way home. We drove up to Jasper and looked at the beautiful scenery, and saw some more glaciers. If you want to be bored with pictures, please feel free to stop in and I will show you pics from the trip. We drove 1,600 miles in 9 days and it was exquisite!!!

Now I am back at work and back at it. This is the time of year when life gets wild and crazy. We are so excited about our upcoming events. I am so very thrilled to be part of this community and to be celebrating 32 years. I am so grateful for every moment of it.

I think this year has been so full of hard things that I am so happy to be here and spending my days with my team, and sharing in the crazy that is the life of retail.

While I was away I read quite a bit. I read Stanley Tucci's Taste: My Life Through Food--and just, WOW. Such a lovely and delightful read filled with travels and recipes, both food and drink. I have made some of the recipes and they are good!!! I also finished Thirty Names of Night, by Zeyn Joukhadar, and this is such an outstanding book I cannot get over it! It is about a transgender Syrian boy, and the loss of his mother, and finding out who he really is. The imagery in this book is magical. When on the trip we listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (trying to choose something that would be appropriate for Janet, too), and I used our "sister" app Libro.fm and it was awesome. I had, of course, already read the book, but the narrator Jim Dale is outstanding and so entertaining.

My next read is The Lower The Tide, The Warmer the Water, by Jennifer H. Kelly, and I am listening to Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

I am so grateful for this awesome reading weather. Take care and stay safe and as always... Happy Reading!
Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit-Painting at
Watermark Book Company
The Friends of the Forest are hosting their annual benefit online this year, and we are so excited to have their featured painting on display. Come into the shop to look at this beautiful piece of art, and follow this link to see how you can support the FOF and their benefit!
PNBA Catalog
It's almost time for the PNBA Holiday Catalog! Check your mailboxes--they will come with your local newspaper, and we will have several here in shop for you! Come check out our section for these awesome titles.
Watermark Book Company's
32nd Anniversary Celebration
Mark your calendars for the week of Monday, 11/1 - Sunday, 11/7! Watermark Book Company is celebrating its 32nd anniversary, and we have a LOT planned for the week! See details below for more information on:
  • 32% off of our Anniversary Merchandise
  • 11/6 Author Event
  • Raffle Baskets! $100+ purchase gets you entered in the basket of your choice.

32% OFF of our Anniversary Merchandise
For the whole week, we are offering 32% off our Anniversary Merchandise! These long-sleeve shirts are perfect for the winter and for showing off your love for your favorite indie bookstore.
Author Event Saturday, 11/6
We have an incredible lineup for our first in-person local author and artist event! We will host Bruce Rolfe, Bob Hogan, Jessica Gigot, Craig Wesley Wall, Jennifer H. Kelly, and Kylie Fair. Rather than an author reading, this will be a meet-and-great--a chance for you to meet the authors and artists, ask your questions, and get your book signed! Our authors and our illustrator will be seated outside with their books; our artist will be inside with her cards. This is a great opportunity to get unique Holiday shopping done!

Our lineup includes...
Bruce Rolfe, author of Tools of the Trade
Jessica Gigot, author of Feeding Hour
Craig Wesley Wall and his horror novels
Jennifer H. Kelly, author of The Lower the Tide, the Warmer the Water
Bob Hogan, illustrator of The Tortoise from Anacortes
Kylie Fair and her Cards
Come say hello, get your books signed, and have a great time! We will have copies of their books for sale.
Raffle Baskets!!!!!
It's Raffle Basket Time again!!! With your purchase of $100 or more, you will have the opportunity to win the raffle basket of your choice. We have 6 beautifully-curated options--which one will YOU choose? Check out our baskets below!
The Kiddo Basket
The Family Fun Basket
The Casual Cook Basket
The Ultimate Cook Basket
The Nature-Lover Basket
The Well-Read Basket
We are SO excited to celebrate this anniversary with you! We have such a blast every year--let's make 32 the best one yet.
Happy Thanksgiving
Cozy into this season to be thankful with some fun children's books new and old.
Let your loved ones know you're thinking of them and thankful for them with one of our beautiful cards.
We're Ready for the Holiday Season--Are You?
Holiday Cards
Our boxed cards are already selling FAST! Come pick out your sets of classic favorites or fun new ones.
We have FOUR seasonal spinners featuring Christmas cards right now! These cards are all so amazing, you're going to have a difficult time picking and choosing.
Season's Readings
We've got the books for young and old to get into the spirit of the season.
Gift Wrapping!
Don't forget--we offer complimentary gift wrapping! Let us help you make the holidays easier.
This Just In
Yay! New puzzles! Book Nerd, Everything Is Magic, Sushi Cats, 80s Icons, Music in Montreal, David Bowie, and--just in time for the holidays--Holiday House!
Fun new prints and patterns for our Sock it To Me socks!
Sock It To Me face masks in standard and small sizes! (We're wearing standard--small would work great for kiddos!) These masks have adjustable ear straps and a nose pinch. They're a store favorite!
This Just In for Kids
Exciting new titles in some of our favorite middle grade and young reader series--Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Catstronauts, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, and Tale of Magic. We also have the newest title from Rick Riordan!
We have all kinds of new children's activity books, including maze books, drawing books, color with sticker books, and magic painting books.
New and Noteworthy
New in Hardcover
New in Paperback
Upcoming Events
Monday, November 1st-Sunday, November 7th-Anniversary Celebration
Help us celebrate Watermark Book Company's 32nd Anniversary! We have so much planned--a sale on Store Anniversary Merchandise, an outdoor author event, and a huge raffle basket event!
Saturday, November 6th-Author Event
As part of our Anniversary Celebration week, we will be having an author event! This event will take place outside, featuring several local authors and artists who will be stationed with their work to meet you, chat with you, and sign your books! Even though this is an outdoor event, this will be a FULLY masked event.
Monday, November 1st-Sunday, November 7th
Friends of the Forest Benefit Auction 
The annual Friends of the Forest Benefit will be hosted virtually this year! For more information on the event, follow this link! We are happy to feature "Summer Memories," by Cynthia Richardson, one of the pieces that will be available to be bid on!
Thursday, November 11th-Veteran's Day
We will be open this Veteran's Day.
Thursday, November 25th-Thanksgiving
We will be closed to celebrate the holiday. Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving Day.
Friday, November 26th-Saturday, November 27th
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Special
For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, come shop small and support your independents! We have something really fun planned--come shop with us!
Friday, December 24th-Christmas Eve
We will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve! Come see us, do your last-minute Christmas shopping, and celebrate with us! We're super festive.
Saturday, December 25th-Christmas Day
Have a safe and happy holiday.
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 Over the Top, by Jonathan Van Ness. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
"Jonathan is this brilliant human and in this sweet, honest, and brutal telling, he gives us all first class seats to his life and what exactly makes him tick. Jonathan admits to childhood trauma right away--I loved going back into his childhood to see him and to see his family dynamic. Difficult, abusive childhood situations led to really poor decisions as an adult. With these choices, there are things he will have to live with for the rest of his days. He admits to a lot of therapy, and talks about finding people who believe in 'you.' The story is very much told in his voice--you can literally hear it in your head."