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! Fall is here in full force. I am writing this letter to you while listening to the rain land on Commercial just outside our front door and it is lovely. So many things planned for the upcoming bit for us, and we are truly in hyper-drive planning for the holiday season.

House keeping first: we are getting a new heating and air unit this
month--just another update/project we are always doing for the shop. As per last year, we don't close our door, even in the cold, the rain, and the snow...she stays open. One less point of contact AND we just layer and wear sweaters. It all works out. I am very happy to break out my cute sweaters.

On a personal note--my hubby and our Janet are taking a little vacation before the "storm" that is the holiday season. We are going to Banff for 9 days. We are driving--it is a beautiful drive AND we want to do what feels the safest for Janet. We will be staying in little personal cabins and taking in the sights. I have always wanted to go.

I think we have worked so hard as a team to prepare for the upcoming events for you all. These are meetings, calls, conversations to discuss what we think is needed and wanted by our community. We are so grateful that you continue to show up for us.

Every year at this time I start to have a panic set into my chest...so much...so much inventory...so much money spent. It takes so much to be prepared for what comes in November and December. I start to think, "What if no one shows??" I could and have lost a LOT of sleep with that thought...And yet, so far, every year you all really grace me with your appearance and I am so forever grateful for it!!

Okay, ENOUGH about all of that...onto the BOOKS!! I tried reading The Ex Hex, by Erin Sterling. It came out this week and I had an advanced read of it. I am sorry to say that I did not complete it, and that I did not love it. It was cheeky and fun and set in a very Hallmark-ish type town. It was cute--I just don't do cute very well. That is why there are 31 flavors of ice-cream. Then I read The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot, by Marianne Cronin, and wow! Just WOW. What a great and beautiful book. Two individuals find themselves both at the end of their life. One is 16 years old and the other 84. A friendship develops and they decide to make a painting to celebrate every year of their 100 years of collected living. Just beautiful. A tear-jerker. Enjoy!--Oh, what am I going to read on my trip? The new Stanley Tucci, Taste: My Life Through Food!!!!

Stay Safe and Happy Reading!
Children's Backpack Raffle Winner!
We had so much fun with our Children's Backpack Raffle! Congrats to this happy winner, and thank you to everyone who came in to see us.
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!

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! This will take place outside of the bookstore, and will feature many local authors and artists. Our guests will be stationed at tables outside so that you can meet them one-on-one and have your books signed. This is a great opportunity to get some unique early Holiday shopping done! We will introduce you to our guests over the next couple of newsletters--the list includes:
Craig Wesley Wall
Jennifer Kelly
As well as:
Anna Waham
Bruce Rolfe
Bob Hogan
Local artist Kylie Fair
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
The Ultimate Cook Basket
The Nature-Lover Basket
The Well-Read Basket
Halloween and Thanksgiving Cards
Seasonal cards always sell out fast, and ours are CUTE this year--come get your Halloween and Thanksgiving cards!
Halloween Books and Activities
Local Author Feature
We've had the recent privilege of meeting many new local authors, and the store is full of great local books of all genres. In addition to our local guests at our anniversary celebration, we'd like to take a moment to introduce some of these wonderful books:

The Cat & the Coracle by Leo E. Osborne
The One in which Bambi Tells Me to Get a Life by Jessie Ehman
Rumble Rumble, Tumble Tumble and Gilda Goose by Joan Cross
Boo and the Bullkats by Denny B. Moore
The Bone Shrine by Scott MacFarlane
Sir Frederique von Turtlestein by Amanda Geers

Come in to learn more about these wonderful local reads! Read local, support local!
One of our local authors, Amanda Geers, with her children's book
Sir Frederique von Turtlestein!
This Just In
We have a new shipment of Paperblank journals, including old favorites and new patterns and prints.
We have new items in our ever-growing metaphysical section! Check out our new
tarot decks, oracle decks, and fun books from Llewellyn.
New coloring books!
This Just In for Kids
Pony is the newest novel from the author of the beloved children's book, Wonder!
We love these new alphabet books.
Our art section is packed with Eeboo art supplies, which are cute AND a great quality. We also have colorful new pens from Snifty!
We have new Cubles and old favorites, too!
These new additions to our children's nonfiction section are way too cool, and educational as well!
Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 31st-Halloween
We will be open and in costume for Halloween! Come Trick-or-Treating at your favorite independent bookstore! Come and see what we wear this year!
Monday, November 1st-Sunday, November 7th-Anniversary Celebration
Help us celebrate Watermark Book Company's 32nd Anniversary! See upcoming newsletters and Facebook posts for more details--we have a lot of fun things planned.
Saturday, 11/6-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.
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!
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 This Is How it Always Is, by Laurie Frankel. Here's what Brandy has to say about the book:
"This book was recommended to me by several customers, and I am really grateful for their recommendation--this book taught me a lot. The story is moving, fast-paced, fluid--told from all voices, from a true family, and you can only hear their story with all of them. Just when you thought you really had it all figured out, the author shifts it once again--just like life, just like family."