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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 of this century, for individuals and for communities, and how we...

 

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 double figures to lead...

 

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 Saturday, Feb. 1, at...

 

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 survive. Being mindful of this ritual, the staff of Edmonds Bookshop has...

 

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 might ask, “What does she like to read?” Or, “What are his...

 

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 Mary Kay's doing. It's her, along with our dedicated staff, who try to...

 

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 days? With all that... Full story

 

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 Women’s History Month. Though, considering our local weather, we’re also... Full story

 

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, Marie Kondo), we look to the new year for signs of hope, or at least... Full story

 

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 staff of Edmonds... Full story

 

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 available in the store... Full story

 
 By David Brewster    A&E    November 2, 2018

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 anticipating will...

 

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 as early as six mont...

 

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 programing to schools, low...

 

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 state of mourning...

 

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, such as preparing for...

 
 By David Brewster    General    June 1, 2018

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 company with music... Full story

 
 By David Brewster    General    May 3, 2018

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 fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day. All over, the occasion was...

 

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 and celebrate what poetry provides: private moments of revelation;... Full story

 

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 books (general books, as opposed to textbooks) found at Edmonds... Full story

 

Thrill list: A few literary page-turners to combat winter | Fresh Reads

During a wet Edmonds winter, it’s tempting to find a comfy chair, light the fire, pull a blanket up to your chin and immerse yourself in a literary and plot-driven thriller or two to keep the blood...

 

Some favorite books from 2017

In this month’s column, staff members of the Edmonds Bookshop – the indie bookstore on Fifth Avenue South now in its 45th year of continuous operation – offer their favorite reads of the year....

 

What to read? Here's a list | Fresh Reads

This new monthly column in the Edmonds Beacon highlights recent arrivals and staff favorites from Edmonds Bookshop, the longtime indie store on Fifth Avenue South. Saturday, Nov. 25, is Indies... Full story

 

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David Brewster is the co-owner of the Edmonds Bookshop at 111 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds....

 

A Newfoundland Kind of Night

By David Brewster and Bill Wood Okay, so weve all attended concerts where the artists received a standing ovation at the conclusion of a fantastic performance. It happens most weekend evenings at Edmonds Center for the Arts. But until last Friday...

 

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