December 05, 2016

Community Conversations: Racism

The new owners and staff of Eagle Harbor Book Company are dedicated to providing a space for people on the island to discuss issues of critical importance. 

This Thursday (12/8) we'll be hosting a round-table discussion surrounding the issue of race - a topic that should be as important to us locally as it is throughout the country.  While this discussion springs from the Chase Bank incident on Halloween, our goal is broader.  We hope to start a conversation both about racism on the island, and what our community can do moving forward to address the problem.  If we can honestly address this issue and contribute to developing solutions, a longer-term result is likely to encourage diversity on the island.

We hope to hear stories from participants of how racism has touched our lives.  One of our owners, Dave Danielson, was involved in a similar conversation while working with an NGO tackling the post-apartheid problems of racism in Cape Town last year, and the stories helped those in attendance understand the depth and complexity of how race affects all of us.  We will also discuss starting a Bainbridge working group to discuss both race and diversity and consider a range of options for going forward. 

We will meet at 7 pm, and all are welcome to attend.  For those who come late, the side door on the board walk will be open.

April 27, 2016

#SEAbookstoreday: A Team Sport!

Here's a thought: Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day meandering in bookstores? Not just one, but multiple?  Savor the differences -- an amazing cookbook section here, a riotously fun children's nook there! Talk to a wide variety of booksellers, each with his/her/their own spin on what you could be reading! Observe people falling in love with a new --or old -- title?

Fortunately in the greater Kitsap/Seattle area, you can do just that!  We have a remarkably vibrant and lively bookstore scene -- one of the healthiest in the nation.

And this Saturday, April 30,  you have a unique opportunity to visit more than 15 bookstores, and find prizes, discounts, and fun events at each! It's Independent Bookstore Day, Seattle-style: #SEAbookstoreday.

Last year teams showed up early for a running start!

Our advice? Get a team together. Plan to take the whole day. Start early. We will open our doors at 8:30am to anyone who is hoping to get to all the bookstores on the passport that we will have ready. A lot of Seattle folks take an early ferry to get over here, and tick both EHBC and Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo before heading to the Kingston ferry to Edmonds to pick up the trail of Seattle-side stores.

The parents of author Bruce Barcott won our first Literary Cupcake Walk!

If you make it to just three or more stores, turn in your passport at your last stop, and you'll be entered in a drawing for lots of fun prizes, including signed first edition books and gift cards. Visit all 17 of the participating stores (some have multiple locations), and you'll earn 25% off your book purchases at all 21 store locations for a year!!!

And even if you just stop into your own local indie, there will be fun, games, prizes, and exclusive #SEAbookstoreday merchandise available only while supplies last. Two of our favorites this year include a comic book done by Seattle artists, and a beautiful metal bookmark of the area, also by a local artist. We also have some of the Neil Gaiman coloring books,  signed copies of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale,  and  much more!

Family fun! Visit bookstores with your kids!

Our regular customers enjoyed the treats, too!

We think you'll love the diversity of bookstores in our area, and the distinct flavor each brings to the scene. Bookstores are NOT a dying breed, and Independent Bookstore Day is a day to celebrate the community that we have all built together with you! We love having the opportunity to thank all the wonderful customers who come through our doors each year.

Want to learn more about IDB/#SEAbookstoreday? Just click here!

February 14, 2016

Books and Botanicals @ Eagle Harbor Books

Flying Bird Botanicals 

I was out on the floor the other day when our display designer, Charysse, was putting the finishing touches on this gorgeous Flying Bird Botanicals Tea vignette.  I immediately started to yearn for a big comfy chair to spend the afternoon in, wrapped up, warm, and reading.

Flying Bird Botanicals @ Eagle Harbor Book Co.
It’s February, Valentine’s Day, on the Puget Sound: the sky is lighter earlier and stays lighter longer every day – and this far north, that is a balm to our souls.  The daphne is blooming, the crocuses (crocii? Crocusi?) are up, the tulips are starting to break ground, but it is still sweater and boot weather.  A sighting of Rainier over the ferry’s port side is fleeting but it’s there, pink in the sunrise. It’s wet, it’s cold, and a hot drink is always welcome. 
And aren’t these teas pretty? They’re from Bellingham and are organic, ethically wildcrafted, and support local farmers.  It’s nice to know that a little well-earned break in the day is a good thing for a lot of different people and reasons! 

And with any good cup of tea (and we have some really cool cups from which to drink that tea) you need a good book: one of my recent favorites, perfect for this time of year, is The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald.  

Sara (a young woman from Sweden) and Amy (an old woman from Iowa) are pen pals and Sara is invited to come visit Broken Wheel for the holidays.  Unfortunately, Amy dies while Sara is on her way.  Having nowhere to go, the citizens of Broken Wheel insist she stay and live in Amy’s house for the remainder of her visit.  How were they to know she’d start a bookstore, or bring people together over books, or fall in love? TROBWR is a fun, sweet story of lives changed by books.  It is a wonderful story to share and is chockfull of great bookgroup ideas.  

We have a limited number of free bookmarks for TROBWR available.  They have a long list of each title mentioned in the book on the back. You may need a magnifier to read it, though - it’s a lot of titles!  (Sourcebooks. $16.99)

Oh, and by the way, this book and these teas would make a lovely Valentine's Day or birthday gift for a friend! And we wrap for free!
(Photo by Charysse Reaser) 

February 09, 2016

TAB at the Book Store: YA Books, Authors, Fun!

Recently at the store, insightful and passionate new voices have emerged from a group of local teen bibliophiles who meet here once a month.

Fueled by our Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of pre-publication titles, our TAB (Teen Advisory Board) members not only talk about their responses to YA books, they also write recommendations like the many you see by our booksellers. We’re proud of this exceptional group! Often the meetings are simply a chance to talk about books they are reading. We sometimes feel like flies on the wall, as they banter back and forth about everything from what kind of book cover art they DON'T like, why they don't want romance all the time, to when a character's voice sounds authentic. There is always a lot of enthusiasm at the end when they get to pick out newly available titles. 

Their reviews are well-written and insightful.  We share them with authors, and often get wonderful notes back. We put the reviews on the book shelves in the YA section, and will soon be using them in our quarterly print newsletter.

Sometimes visiting authors get together with our TAB! We recently hosted Seattle author Jennifer Longo for the debut of her latest, Up to this Pointe. And, above, our teens got to have an amazing talk with Nashville's Jeff Zentner about his upcoming book The Serpent King.

We learn a lot from our TAB members, and they are shaping the way we buy and market books for our YA readers!

Are you a teen interested in joining? Call us, or drop by the store for an application!

And thanks to TAB member Finn T. for the great pictures!

June 30, 2013

Every Sunday, we sit down and look at our weekly sales and see what makes our bestseller list. It's really fun to see what changes from week to week! Since we report our sales to both the New York Times and the American Booksellers Association (which compiles the Indie bestsellers lists from independent bookstores), our sales have an impact on what people are reading across the country!

Sometimes there is a runaway bestseller, often based on word of mouth or (most often) the words of an EHBC bookseller. This week that book is Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, which tells the fascinating story of the University of Washington rowing team that stunned the world with a victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Other bestsellers are driven by author events here and elsewhere on Bainbridge Island. Island author Barbara Berger's beautiful children's picture books take up a good part of our bestsellers list this week because of the wonderful show of her art at the newly opened Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (if you haven't been, you must go!).

The visit to Eagle Harbor Books by Seattle Times science writer Sandi Doughton put her book on earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest, Full Rip 9.0, high on our charts. Her conversation with Bainbridge writer Bruce Barcott made for a extremely interesting afternoon.

Finally, summer reading is big business in our bookstore and this year the lists of suggested reads for Hyla Middle School have sold well, and not just to Hyla families! Come see our table with their suggestions -- there are some great reads for middle schoolers.

So what books are making the bestsellers list in your home this summer? Are you looking for easy summer escapes? Do you like to read the newest and hottest titles? Or are you burrowing into nonfiction books in preparation for a summer adventure? We'd love to hear!

May 21, 2013

Kids in the garden

There is something special about kids and gardens. The sight of a youngster digging in the dirt, planting seeds or starts, eagerly waiting for that magic to happen. The pure joy when seeds sprout or vegetables begin to form. The epiphany that occurs when they actually get to taste something they've nourished -- sometimes something that they never would have tasted had it simply been set on their plate at the table.

We are excited that Seattle author Katherine Pryor will be visiting us Sunday, June 9, at 3pm, to talk about her picture book starring an initially reluctant young gardener, Sylvia's Spinach. And in the spirit of her book, we are inviting young gardeners and their families to send us pictures of their own gardens, the more unique and crazy, the better! Have you ever planted herbs in a boot, or spinach in a wagon? Let's see your favorite garden pictures, and we'll post them on our website during the month of June!