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 lovely readers...

What a busy September we had. I had such great feedback from my last newsletter and what I shared with you all as a community. I felt so strongly that I needed to share that experience with you all because that is not solely our experience--it is the experience of the retail person, the restaurant worker, and while we are all super patient and loving as consumers--we could all just be a little more :)

I wanted to take this newsletter to share all of the great and amazing things going on around the shop. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas--hahahaha! Gifts abound and books all around! The PNBA Holiday Catalogue has been ordered and will go in the newspapers starting the middle of October--we are so thrilled.

I would also like to feature my team--for without them I would truly be nothing...they help me do ALL of the things!
Amberly--she has been with me since I first bought the store. I refer to her as my right hand--she is not only a magnificent member of my sales team, but she is the writer of this newsletter (minus my notes), she does our damage returns, our regular returns, we have a business account and Amberly is single-handley in charge of making sure that they get their books on time. We also have several school accounts and she is in charge of one of those accounts. Amberly also runs the store under my specific direction when I am away. If I don't have time to do something, Amberly is called in to do it and I know that it will be seen through.

Jaycee joined our team shortly after I bought the store and I could NOT be happier, she is my left hand. She helps keep me organized--she helps me organize, order and make decisions about our card lines. She is in charge of our Facebook and Instagram accounts. She is also always on the hunt to complete all of a series/collections in-store. She is also in charge of buying and displaying all of the seasonal items (books for fall, halloween, Christmas, etc). Jaycee is a such an awesome person on my sales team.

These two team members allow me to go away for four days during Covid and not worry (I still worry) but not too much, they really are the best--I know that I have the best here. I want to also show my appreciation for them and for what they bring to the team!

Happy Reading everyone, I am almost done Jodi Picoult's new novel: The Book of Two Ways--I am enjoying it, it is very different from some of her other pieces--ask me about it or come in and grab your copy today!
ACFL Give a Hoot Fall Fundraiser
This year, the Friends of the Anacortes Forest Lands is holding an auction to raise funds for their cause, and this amazing piece of local art will be up for bidding from October 19th to October 23rd at this website. Watermark is happy to display this piece so that you can view it in person! Stop in to see, and support this great organization!
Customer Feature
Take a look at one of our puzzles in action! Our customer, Ray, shared with us his most recently-finished puzzle, and isn't it beautiful! He and his wife "Absolutely love the details in these various bookshop puzzles."
Watermark Book Company Long-Sleeve Shirts
The weather is starting to cool down, which means it's time to swap out our wardrobes for our fall clothing. Watermark is so happy to offer a long-sleeve option of our store shirt--featuring our special 30th Anniversary logo! Add one to your fall wardrobe and show some love to your favorite bookstore!
Blank Cards, Seasonal, and Holiday Cards
We aren't exaggerating when we say that we have unpacked twenty boxes of cards in the last two weeks, and our spinners are looking fresh, full, and ready for fall! We have new blank cards, seasonal cards, and holiday cards here in store, so come stock up for some cozy autumn nights of letter writing!
This Just In for Kids!
We love our ever-growing children's section, and this month we've brought in new Usborne--which means reading material that is both fun and educational. We have new books in the That's Not My... series; new non-fiction; new sticker, magic paint, and activity books; new illustrated classics, and graphic novel adaptations of classics. These books and activities make great holiday gifts, and they are also great entertainment as we go into autumn and find ourselves inside more often.
This Just In!
New 11-ounce mugs from Fly Paper Products
Woolpets needle felting kits, which are available for easy and intermediate skill sets, and include almost everything you need--you just need the felting foam block, which we of course carry.
Enamel pins from Peter Pauper Press and the Unemployed Philosophers Guild.
Stickers from Little Pine Artistry, demonstrated on our new color of Moleskine journal!
Stickers from Sarah Angst.
New smudge kits, and a restock of your favorite mini smudge kit!
New journals and pens from Peter Pauper Press.
Upcoming Events
Facebook Live Author Event
Wednesday, October 14th at 5pm
Join us for a Facebook Live Author Event in which Brandy will interview local poet Bob Elkins! Bob has a newly-released collection of poetry: Mulligans Minutiae & Miscellany, and we have signed copies here in store. Email the store with questions for the interview, or comment on the Facebook Live video! If you comment with the word "Hello" during the program, you will be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of this book!
Saturday, October 31st
Have a fun and safe holiday, and remember us for any spooky reading materials you may need! We will have candy in house Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the kiddos, and any children that visit us dressed in costume will be entered in a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate for the store!
New and Noteworthy
New to Paperback
New Hardcover Fiction
New Hardcover Non-Fiction
New from a Local Author!
This is the second edition of Kathleen Kaska's Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book, with new updates and additions.

"Kathleen Kaska offers brainteasers on each story about the detective and his associate Dr. Watson, as well as the background on how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's own experiences contributed to his literary work. She covers all of the different ways Holmes has been adapted including the recent Robert Downey Jr. films, and TV shows featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller."
Watermark Book Club

We are excited to announce that Watermark Book Club will resume in the new year! Here's what that looks like: for the month of November, we will open the list for book club members. We have room for 20 serious members in our book club. In December, we will announce our first book, and in January we will meet via Zoom! Stay tuned for an announcement with more details in our November newsletter.

While our book club is on hiatus, we are taking the opportunity to share with you what we're reading as a team! This month, Amberly is reviewing Death in her Hands, by Ottessa Moshfegh.
This was a strange and fun book about obsession, which is one of my favorite things to read about! A woman named Vesta is walking in the woods around her house when she finds a note that claims that someone has been murdered, though there is no evidence other than this piece of paper. Vesta can't stop thinking about it, creating stories about it in her head, investigating it as much as she can, until her daydreams become reality for her. It was so interesting to feel myself go crazy along with the narrator, and the author does such a good job of taking you down with her.