Parkplace Books is joining in with the other 400 independent bookstores nationwide and the Group of 17 local independent bookstores that are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2nd with author visits, activities for kids, raffle prizes, and customer passport program. On May 2nd, visit three or more participating bookstores, have your passport stamped and be entered to win $25 gift certificate to all 17 local participating bookstores. A $425 Value!!! Check out #SEAbookstoreDay for further information.
At Parkplace Books visit with PacNW children authors and participate in making Mother Day cards.
11:00 - 1:00 pm
Kelly Cook - Mighty Fine Adventures of Piper & Floyd
Dan Richards - Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters
Kevan Atteberry - Bunnies and Tickle Monster
Peg Kehret - Dangerous Deception and Thrill-ogy
Janet Lee Carey - Wilde Island Trilogy - Dragon's Keep, Dragonswood and In the Time of Dragon Moon
Visit with and have books signed by PacNW authors
3:00 - 5:00 pm
William Dietrich - Nathan Gage series & The North Cascades
Gar LaSalle - Widow Walk and Isthmus
Matt McCauley - A Look To The Past: Kirkland
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Robert Dugoni - My Sister's Grave
J.A. Jance - Cold Betrayal
Louise Marley - Benedict Hall series
Support your independents and have a great time doing it!
Wednesday, May 6th 7:00 pm
Please join in as PacNW author, Molly Gloss discusses and signs copies of her new book, Falling FromHorses, an absorbing, plainspoken, elegantly rendered novel about a young cowboy who escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider in the movies. In 1938, Bud Frazer sets out to achieve his dream. On the long bus ride to Hollywood, he befriends Lily Shaw, a young woman with dreams of her own, not to become a starlet but to become a writer. The two strike up an unlikely friendship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in the dream capital of the world. The author has woven a remarkable tale of humans and horse, hope and heartbreak, told by one of the most appealing narrators.
Other award-winning works by the author include Jump-Off Creek, Wild Life, Dazzle of Day and Hearts of Hearts of Horses.
Don't miss out on a great evening!
Wednesday, May 20th ~ 7:00 pm
Please join us as Melissa Cistaro discusses and signs copies of her new book, Pieces of my Mother, a provocative, poignant memoir about a daughter's quest to find the answers to the questions behind why her mother drove off one summer day and abandoned her and her two brothers. Thirty-five years later with children of her own, as her mother is dying, Melissa stumbles across a cache of letters that her mother wrote but never sent to her. Alternating between the author's tumultuous coming-of-age and her mother's final days, Pieces of My Mother chronicles one woman's haunting but ultimately uplifting search for answers and also reveals how our parents' choices impact our own and how we can survive those events to forge our own paths. "A story that lingers in the heart long after the last page is turned."....Hope Edelmen, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything.
The author is a bookseller and events coordinator at Book Passage in San Francisco and the mother of two.
She graduated with honors from UCLA and continued her education with the UCLA extension Writers' Program.
June 27th, 1939 ~ April 9th, 2015
We just learned this morning that acclaimed author and wonderful friend, Ivan Doig died from multiple myeloma at the age of 75. According to his publicist, Ivan died at his Seattle home with his wife, Carol at his side. "He passed away very early this morning in Seattle," Glory Plata said of Doig. "He and his wife, Carol are some of the warmest, most generous and kind-hearted people on the planet. He was one of my absolute favorite authors to work with. We are all very saddened at his passing."
Mary and I echo her thoughts about Ivan and Carol. We consider him to be one of our best writers and storytellers and it has been simply a treasure and pleasure to have known him. Prior to the release of each of his books, Ivan would call us and make sure that we were included on his list of author visits. When I received an advance copy of Whistling Season back in 2006 from Ivan, I called him after reading it and said "Ivan, I think this is your best book ever." He answered, "I think you are right."
In 2012 when Bartender's Tale came out, I called him and said, "Maybe, this is your best one." He answered, "I think you might be right." We were so looking forward to seeing him in August for the release of his yet-to-be published book, Last Bus to Wisdom.
Ivan was the author of 16 books including the memoirs, This House of Sky and Heart Earth. His multiple fiction titles include the McCaskill trilogy, Sea Runners, Bucking the Sun, Prairie Nocturne, Mountain Time, Eleventh Man, Whistling Season, Work Song, Sweet Thunder and Bartender's Tale.
His work earned him comparisons to Wallace Stegner and in 2007 the Center for the American West awarded Ivan the prestigious Wallace Stegner Award. He was also the recipient of the Western Literature Association's lifetime Distinguished Achievement award along with numerous Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association honors over the many years of of writing career.
This "dean of Western Writers" will be greatly missed.
Upcoming Events April - May 2015
Quotes of the Month
"Books, the children of the brain." ~ Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub
"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn." ~ Joseph Addison, The Spectator
Instore Book Clubs
Sunday, April 26th ~ 3:00 pm
Knit Too Readers will discuss The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
Tuesday, April 28th ~ 7:00 pm
Reading Circle will discuss Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Both Bookclubs are Open To All
Wednesday, May 13th ~ 7:00 pm
Join our featured PNW poets for an evening of poetry and Open Mic. This is a great chance to read from your own personal work and hear from some of our best local talent. Open to All.
"Poets are...the trumpets which sing
to battle"- Percy Bysshe Shelley
from Mary & Rebecca
Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (newly released paperback)
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (newly released paperback)
Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
Red Knit Cap Girl & The Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Order a BOOK from us!!
See something you like or need a recommendation? Not sure what the title is? Can't make it into the bookstore?
Well, call or email us with your order or questions. Nine times out of ten, we can have the right book for you in 1 to 3 days.
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When you shop at your local independent bookstore... You keep money in your local economy, You help create and keep local jobs, You conserve tax dollars, You help the environment and you nurture our community.
All of this along with discovering the next great reads!