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 By David Brewster    Opinion

After 20 years, a chance to catch our breath | Fresh Reads

Word is out that Edmonds Bookshop is changing hands. I can confirm that, after more than 20 years of ownership, Mary Kay and I are selling the store to Michelle Bear, our assistant... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Journal of a plague year | Fresh Reads

It's been a year. Yes really, it's been a year since the shadow of an unimaginable pandemic first loomed over our community, driving us indoors, cocooned and prayerful, and away... — Updated 3/11/2021

 By David Brewster    A & E

Holiday picks from the Edmonds Bookshop | Holiday Cheer

We know the holidays are a little harder to celebrate this year. Edmonds Bookshop will close our doors upon reaching 25% capacity, so when visiting please be considerate of those... — Updated 12/1/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Summer reading: Recommendations from Edmonds Bookshop

Tumult and uncertainty have rendered this a summer unlike any previous. In the before-times, we would take up comfort reading during the long daylight hours, seeking vacations from... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Bookselling in phases | Fresh Reads

First and foremost, we hope that everyone in Edmonds continues to stay safe, and that you live your lives with devoted attention to current health recommendations. Doing otherwise... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Love in the time of cholera, or one hundred years of solitude | Fresh Reads

OK, so I cribbed the idea from others, but the concepts of the titles of two of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s greatest books never ring truer. We are in the midst of a defining moment... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By David Brewster    Sports

Warriors take down Mavs in district playoff opener | Boys basketball

A balanced scoring attack and relentless defense lifted Edmonds-Woodway past arch-rival Meadowdale in a 3A District 1 quarterfinal boys basketball game. Three players scored in... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By David Brewster    Sports

Warriors set two records at Edmonds District meet | Boys swimming

Edmonds-Woodway’s relays stole the show at the annual Edmonds District boys swimming championships. The Warriors set two meet records and went on to easily claim the team title... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

A few reading resolutions | Fresh Reads

As we continue the new year and the next chapter of our shared lives, we again dare (and dread) to make our resolutions to change, improve, seek hope and peace and otherwise... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Books as gifts for certain someones | Fresh Reads

Each holiday season at Edmonds Bookshop, and especially as shopping days dwindle, we field many requests for recommendations that will make the right impression on a recipient. We... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By David Brewster    Opinion

A day in the life of Edmonds Bookshop | Fresh Reads

Though Mary Kay and I have owned Edmonds Bookshop for more than 18 years, the store's daily operation, not to mention the overall identity and merchandising strategy, is mainly... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By David Brewster    Opinion

The joys of summer reading (and Waldo) | Fresh Reads

Here in Edmonds, on the edge of the Salish Sea, with daylight extending beyond 15 hours from May 12 to July 31 (according to the internet), how should we fill our summer reading... — Updated 6/21/2019 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Poetry, bookstores in the spotlight this month | Fresh Reads

This month, we celebrate both poetry and bookstores. For the 23rd year, the literary community celebrates National Poetry Month, with its origins in Black History Month and... — Updated 4/14/2019 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Why we read | Fresh Reads

With the new year in full swing, we’re taken with an impulse to reflect, reassess and plot a new path forward. Whether it’s eating healthier or just simplifying life (thanks,... — Updated 2/15/2019 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Our favorite fiction and nonfiction books from 2018 | Fresh Reads

A sure sign of another turn around the sun is the appearance of lists of favorites, best-ofs and top-10s from book reviewers and publications near and far. In this spirit, the... — Updated 12/19/2018 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

New cookbooks, children's books and gift books | Fresh Reads

Rounding out Fresh Read’s coverage of new and recent books, here is a selection of some of the season’s best cookbooks, children’s books and gift books. All are currently... — Updated 11/20/2018 Full story

 By David Brewster    A & E

Recommendations: New and forthcoming nonfiction | Fresh Reads

Several readers (and one editor) of my previous column on new fiction books asked for a follow-up piece on new and forthcoming nonfiction titles that the Edmonds Bookshop staff are... — Updated 11/2/2018

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Autumn excitement abounds in the book aisles | Fresh Reads

Among the perks of running a bookstore is the opportunity to read new books before they are published. Edmonds Bookshop receives advance readers copies (ARCs, or galleys) of works a... — Updated 10/24/2018


Edmonds Public Facilities District on solid ground | Guest View

Edmonds Public Facilities District (PFD), which operates the nonprofit Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA), is on solid financial ground. ECA brings emerging and established artists to the community and provides highly valued program... — Updated 9/21/2018

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Reading the Salish Sea and beyond | Fresh Reads

All the attention paid lately to the plight of J35 – also known as Tahlequah, a member of the endangered southern clan of orcas who carried her dead calf for 17 days in a presumed... — Updated 9/7/2018

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Book recommendations for summer | Fresh Reads

One of the joys of working with books and the public, whether as a bookseller or librarian, is recommending books and authors to readers. Often, a reader in a certain situation,... — Updated 7/27/2018

 By David Brewster    Opinion

A world of books on the road | Fresh Reads

We set out on a two-week road trip to Utah’s incredible canyon lands with many planned and unplanned stops along the way, and with the intention of using technology to keep us... — Updated 6/1/2018 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Beyond Independent Bookstore Day | Fresh Reads

On Saturday, April 28, Edmonds Bookshop, along with two dozen other Seattle area bookstores and over 500 bookstores around the U.S. and more in Canada, opened our doors to the... — Updated 5/3/2018

 By David Brewster    Opinion

April: A month for poetry | Fresh Reads

We know April brings us showers and warmer days. For bookstores, libraries and publishers, April also brings Poetry Month, when readers of all stripes should pause to contemplate... — Updated 4/5/2018 Full story

 By David Brewster    Opinion

The creative process, from the agent to the bookstore | Fresh Reads

While we’re waiting for warmer, drier days. let’s pause to consider how new books come to be found in bookstores. Following is a primer on the art and commerce behind trade... — Updated 3/7/2018 Full story


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