Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn

Island Books patrons peruse the store in 2018. Photo courtesy Nancy Shawn

Island Books continues online-event offerings this month

A look at what the Mercer Island bookstore has planned for July.

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Island Books is continuing to offer events to patrons — remotely.

In July, the bookstore, which recently reopened its doors to the public, will be hosting two writer discussions and several book-club meetings via Zoom.

On Thursday, July 16, from 5-6 p.m., the bookstore is organizing a panel discussion between authors Justina Chen (“Nothing but the Truth [and a Few White Lies]”), Jasmine Guillory (“The Wedding Date”), Elise Hooper (“The Other Alcott”), Jen Longo (“Six Feet Over It”) and Susan Rebecca White (“We Are All Good People Here”).

The authors, per the Island Books website, “will be discussing the present and future realities of women writers, the ways women writers can empower each other and ways we can all promote marginalized voices and give credit to BIPOC who haven’t been included in the publishing industry.”

To register for the Women Writers Panel, go to the Island Books website.

On July 28, from 6-7 p.m., Seattle author and actor Karlos Dillard will be discussing his new book “Ward of the State,” an autobiographical work that details his experiences as a black boy in Detroit in the foster-care system.

The memoir is the first in a series of memoirs Dillard is planning to publish. To register for the author talk, go to the bookstore’s website.

Island Books is also continuing its book-club meetings. Zoom discussions over Ijeoma Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race,” as part of the All-Island Book Club on Race and Allyship, will be held July 20 and July 27 at 6 p.m. in a two-part meeting format. (Those interested are not required to attend both meetings.)

Island Books’ Open Book Club will be meeting July 30, from 7:30-9 p.m., to talk about memoirist David Sedaris’s “Calypso.” The book, published in 2018, comprises 21 humorous semi-autobiographical essays.

For the full list of July events hosted by the bookstore, go to its website.


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