Award-winning author group to visit Island Books

Mercer Island’s independent bookstore will host Seattle7Writers on July 29.

The remarkable Seattle7Writers are coming to Island Books on July 29 for a cookout and benefit for Team Read. Photo via Facebook

The remarkable Seattle7Writers are coming to Island Books on July 29 for a cookout and benefit for Team Read. Photo via Facebook

Seattle7Writers (S7W), a group of bestselling and award-winning authors, are coming to Island Books from 4-6 p.m. on July 29 for a community cookout and casual benefit for Team Read.

S7W is a nonprofit collective of Pacific Northwest authors whose mission is to support literacy and the literary arts in the community.

“They’ve also done a tremendous job making connections between writers, readers, independent booksellers and libraries,” according to the Island Books website. “Bestselling author Garth Stein will be on hand as our grill master with other S7W members serving up drinks and other sides.”

The first 50 customers to shop in the store that day will receive a Seattle7Writers tote, and customers can also enter a raffle for a bag of signed books by the Seattle7. You’ll definitely want to stop by for a hot dog, and a chance to meet authors and pick up summer reads.

Along with Stein, there will be a crowd of great authors including Jim Lynch, Bridget Foley, Dori Butler, Robert Dugoni, J. Anderson Coates and Clare Meeker.

During the event, 20 percent of all book sales will benefit Team Read, a nonprofit organization that pairs struggling young readers with trained teen reading coaches for one-on-one tutoring after school and during the summer.

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