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June 2014 - ABFAS Newsletter
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Ready to go Hiking?


Our WHOLE area on one sturdy, waterproof map. Nice!

Whoa, cool socks

These are for sale in the bookstore?
Yah baby!

June is the month of Dads and Grads

Does Your Grad Love Books?

Practical, "greenest" ever wrapping paper for other grad gifts.

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Does DAD love BIG books?


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Looking for suggestions for DAD?


We've put together a great display of books for Dad, 
from humor to hiking, 
grilling to golf.

And we have a wide selection of 
the best "Dad" cards ever.

What Was YOUR FAVORITE Little Golden Book growing up?


Vote for you favorite, and enter to win!
Stop by the bookstore to enter.


For Dad's Best Buddy:


The Tree House that Jack Built -- read more below in "for kids"

Mighty Dads


learn more below

Yay Parking!

That's right, even on a max-tourist weekend, you'll be able to park and stroll into the bookstore to browse and sip hot fresh coffee. 

Grumpy-pants signs? We just want everyone to know that this is your bookstore and we plan to keep your parking spot open!

Did Someone Say Hot, Fresh Coffee?

latteYes, and fresh-baked treats from Sure to Rise Bakery. 

Heidi's Kaffe Haus is open right next door -- say, what a great gathering place for your next book club meeting!

Upcoming Events

Sat June 7, 1:00-3:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Buzz: FREE!

Anjali Banerjee            Kate Breslin           Janine Donoho 

Innovative authors Banerjee, Breslin and Donoho open doors to unexpected worlds with warm, fun, thought-provoking fiction. 

Anjali Banerjee is the author of five novels for youngsters and four for adults. Her latest, Enchanting Lily, received a top rating from Romantic Times Magazine: “a wonderful story with lovable characters... Readers will fall head over heels...” 

Kate Breslin's For Such a Time is a modern re-telling of the biblical story of Esther—set in WW2 under the Nazis.  “The story is gripping, compelling, and I dare anyone to close the cover before the last suspenseful page,” writes New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Macomber. 

Janine Donoho inhabits “what if,” writing with one foot in fuzzy science and one in fantastic realms. Young adults will enjoy Calling Down the Wind, a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards: the coming-of-age story of a heroine as unpredictable as the zephyr she calls.

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Thurs June 12, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library

Wenatchee author Jon Magnus shares inspirational S.H.I.N.E.: Life Lessons Revealed, a distillation of wisdom from exceptional encounters on a round-the-world journey. 

Eleven years ago, Wenatchee High School teacher Jon Magnus undertook an around-the-world journey. His goal: to meet and interview 14 inspirational people, to discover what made them exceptional, and then bring back their stories to inspire his Wenatchee High School students. 

In  S.H.I.N.E.: Life Lessons Revealed, Jon has gathered the wisdom of these exceptional people into 5 universal life lessons that we all can use in everyday life.


Copies now available in the store!

Fri June 13, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
Slide Presentation, $5 WRI members, $10 non-members

Sun June 15, 11 am - noon at Pybus Market: FREE
Sample Wild Mushrooms with  L. Cook & Chef Tony Davis 

Sun June 15, 3-5 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE

The uncultivated, uncontrollable wild mushroom stars in an evening slide presentation (Fri), cooking demonstration (Sun), and book signing (Sun) by wild forager and culinary adventurer Langdon Cook. 

 Rich with the science and lore of edible fungi—from seductive chanterelles to exotic porcini—The Mushroom Hunters, a 2014 PNBA award-winner, is equal parts gonzo travelogue and culinary history lesson, a rollicking, character-driven tour through a world that is by turns secretive, dangerous, and tragically American.

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Tues June 17, 2:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Presentation.  FREE!

Tues June 17, 5:30 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing.  FREE!

“Delightful and amusing,” says School Library Journal. “Patricelli successfully channels a preschooler's nimble imagination,” says the Horn Book

Celebrated for her award-winning, playfully enchanting board-books for earliest readers, Leslie Patricelli is currently at work on her eighteenth book—a book for middle-graders that will feature frogs, pigs, rats and mischief; a new school, barf, and a new best friend.

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Sat June 14, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons

Stories that warm the heart and feed the soul. 
Kimberly Rose Johnson writes Christian romance set in LEAVENWORTH, WA. 

In just-released A Romance Rekindled, Susan will never forgive Blake for leaving with no explanation. But then the ruggedly handsome writer returns to Leavenworth, evoking conflicting emotions, especially when Susan meets the child she assumes is his daughter. 

Blake, struggling with his parents' death and raising his little sister on his own, has never forgotten the woman he left behind. He can't undo the past, but maybe he can change the future…if he can convince Susan to give him one more chance.


Fri June 20, 6:15 - 8:00 PM at Leavenworth Library

Sat June 21, 11 am - noon at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE

Abbe Rolnick’s interactive writing workshop breaks down the process of writing --- the inspiration, the research, the development, and the joy of creating a story. 

In Rolnick’s latest release, Color of Lies, victims of a toxic waste cover-up in the Skagit Valley must face their own "white lies" to stop the ongoing destruction. Color of Lies exposes the weaknesses and strengths of individuals who wisely come together to restore the balance of their lives and that of the community.

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Fri June 27, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library

Sat June 28, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book Signing: FREE

If I Can’t Have You – Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children, is the definitive account of a tragic story. Susan Cox Powell disappeared from her West Valley City, Utah home. Her husband, who some say had been threatening Susan, later killed himself and their two young sons. 

Rebecca Morris is an award-winning journalist, and author or co-author of Bodies of Evidence, If I Can’t Have You, and Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy.


July is "Where's Waldo" Month


Waldo is all over town... 
Find Waldo and enter to win a prize! 
Come down to the bookstore and play!

The excitement culminates in a Where's Waldo Party with yummy kid treats and a surprise guest appearance.

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Fri Jul 11, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Presentation.  FREE 

Sat Jul 12, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons 
Book Signing.  FREE

Gar LaSalle's Widow Walk: an unforgettable frontier adventure. 

 A finalist for the Indie Award in historical fiction, Widow Walk draws on the history of Isaac Ebey, a prominent Whidbey Island pioneer. It interweaves storylines of border wars, Haida counter-attacks, and a settler family trying to build a life in turbulent times, when constitution and conviction are tested. 

Gerard (Gar) LaSalle, MD, CMO, and award-winning filmmaker, is a graduate of Reed College, Cornell University Medical School, and California Institute of the Arts. LaSalle’s love of history and his native Pacific Northwest combine in his first novel, Widow Walk, and the upcoming sequel, Isthmus.


Tues Jul 15, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library
Presentation.  FREE 

Weds Jul 16, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee Library
Presentation.  FREE


Mother of Rain is a gem, with beautifully drawn Appalachian characters, a strong sense of time and place, and a deeply important and universal theme," says Jason Howard of Appalachian Heritage. 

Winner of the Weatherford Award for Fiction, Mother of Rain takes us to 1940s Appalachia with unerring voice, humor, and affection. The unforgettable story of Maizee Hurd is one of hardscrabble life in the mountains of East Tennessee–a world filled with the mystery of the “old ways.” Zacharias transports us to the fields, mountains, rivers, and creeks that her characters love, with the sensitivity of someone who knows and loves them too.


Fri Jul 18, 7:00 PM at Wenatchee River Institute
$5 WRI Members, $10 non-members

Sat Jul 19, 1-3 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Book signing.  FREE


Enter the fun and delicious world of foraging with The Front Yard Forager, Melany Vorass Herrera

A concise field guide and recipe book, The Front Yard Forager showcases the 30 most readily found edible urban weeds.Each plant profile features an easy-to-use field identification guide, including photographs, as well as where to find the plant and what to do with it in the kitchen. Recipes range from simple and classic to practically gourmet.

Melany Vorass Herrera studied ethnobotany at Evergreen State College, holds a degree in environmental policy, and earned her Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University. She and her green-engineering husband keep a small urban farm, complete with bees, goats and chickens and a giant garden, in the heart of Seattle.


Thurs Jul 31, 1:00 PM at A Book For All Seasons
Party!   FREE

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Games, word fun, and yummy treats for the kids out on our beautiful tree-house-like deck.

We're not going to give ALL our secrets away... but WALDO himself will definitely be at the party. Don't miss it!


ABFAS Recommends-- For Dad

By Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson, the world's best-known treehouse designer and builder, wants to put readers in trees--his motto is, "get 'er done, so you can BE in a TREE." 

His new book is a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information about treehouse design and construction

Just out: exceptional recipes from an award-winning chef:

FC9781579654924Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen

Raised in Brooklyn by a family of Korean immigrants, Chef Lee eventually settled down in his adopted hometown of Louisville, where he owns an acclaimed restaurant and is a multiple James Beard Award nominee. 

Lee fills his cookbook with stories and more than 130 exceptional recipes.
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From the famous #1 New York Times Best-selling author: a book to "make his father proud."

FC9780062311078Greg Iles'  eagerly anticipated Natchez Burning is the first in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets into a mesmerizing thriller.

Drenched in southern atmosphere, tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.

Greg had nearly finished this book when another motorist slammed into Greg's car. When Greg woke up from a medically-induced coma eight days later, he had lost a leg... and his father had passed away.

“When I came out of the coma, my view on the whole thing had changed...I was dealing with the loss of the greatest mentor in my life, my father, and I was dealing with almost losing my own life. I realized that life was too short to pull any punches...I had to deal with [this story] not only the way it deserved but in a way that would make my father proud.”

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ABFAS Recommends: For Grads 

By Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield

Best known as one of our most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement speaker.

Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn’t heavy-handed or pretentious or glib, but funny and serious and joyful.

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ABFAS Recommends: A Farmer's Market in A Book

By Erin Gleeson

Pat's new favorite cookbook. "I'm in love with it," Pat says. "I carry it around with me."

"The recipes are so good," Donica agrees. "And so easy!"

A FARMER'S MARKET IN A BOOK!  Gorgeous, visual, fun... how can healthy recipes be so tasty and so easy?

Most of the book's 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning. 

Vibrant photographs, complemented by Erin's own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering, showcase the rustic simplicity of the dishes. Part cookbook, part art book, "The Forest Feast" will be as comfortable in the kitchen as on the coffee table.

Pat's favorite: Watermelon Salad
Ed's favorite: Bay wait--that broccoli dish...or...
Donica's favorite: Chocolate Ricotta Mousse
Your favorite?

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ABFAS Recommends: New Fiction

By Laura McBride

Fabulous characters!" says bookstore Jackie. "I was blown away by the author's ability to perfectly inhabit such different people and different worlds. This author held me enthralled."

FC9781476738963We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide: immigrants and soldiers, housewives and the homeless. When presented with the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves.

 Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By Hannah Kent

FC9780316243926A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. 

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. 

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question: How can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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By Claire Gebben

Explore your German heritage with this new release.

FC9781603811828The Last of the Blacksmiths is a tale of the promise and loss of immigration, and the efforts of each generation to shape its destiny.

 Dreaming of America, a farmer’s son toils in the family vinyards in 1800s Bavaria. Then... Michael finds himself alone, age fifteen, arriving in an America he can barely comprehend. As his new country teeters on the brink of civil war, Michael must confront riots, bigotry, and a cruel indenture.

Based on a wealth of actual family letters written from both sides of the Atlantic across the generations, “The Last of the Blacksmiths is music and history and motion, love and heartbreak and honest hard work… Claire Gebben delivers an unforgettable narrator, an intimate glimpse of the immigrant experience, and an ultimately uplifting story,” says Ana Maria Spagna, award-winning author of Potluck.

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ABFAS Recommends: For Teens and Middle Grades

by Leslye Walton                         
Recommended for age 14 and up

FC9780763665661"[A]n entrancing and sumptuously written multigenerational novel wrapped in the language of fable, magical realism, and local legend... It's a story that adults and teenagers can appreciate equally."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Walton’s novel is both strange and beautiful in the best of ways. ... This multigenerational tale examines love and considers the conflicting facets of loving and being loved -- desire, despair, depression, obsession, self-love, and courage. ... It is beautifully crafted and paced, mystical yet grounded by universal themes and sympathetic characters. A unique book, highly recommended for readers looking for something a step away from ordinary." —School Library Journal (starred review)

Ava — in all other ways a normal girl — is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover.


By Maureen Doyle McQuerry

"McQuerry smoothly blends adventure, coming-of-age, and mystery with a mythological world where special academic and problem-solving talents are required assets...the quirky, supernatural good guys are compassionate and forgiving." --VOYA 

"mines the rich ore of Celtic mythology and propels a young boy into cosmic battle." --Kirkus Reviews

Beyond the Door, the first in the Time Out of Time duet from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a compelling coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil. In the process, this unlikely trio discovers they are each more than meets the eye.

Maureen McQuerry will visit Icicle River Middle School this fall...check our events calendar for details!

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ABFAS Recommends: For The Younger Crowd

By Joan Holub and James Dean

FC9780545609685Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. 

A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you.

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By Bonnie Verburg and Mark Teague

With ladders, swings, turrets, and elaborate pulleys...and animals chasing one another over, under, around, and through...

readers will pore over every detail of Mark Teague's spellbinding pictures. 

And Bonnie Verburg's irresistible rhyming text leads readers to a soothing end of a wondrous day in the most exciting tree house ever.
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Written and illustrated by Herve Tullet

What if you opened up a book, and the characters weren’t ready for you yet? 

In this charming and clever "meta" picture book, children of all ages are encouraged to interact with a book still in the process of being invented. And that’s a story in itself! 

Hervé Tullet is the creator of more than fifty children’s books, including New York Times Best-selling Press Here, which has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He loves to provoke surprise with his books, and is celebrated internationally for his playful, inventive, and interactive storytelling.

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My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it. 
--Clarence Budington Kelland

A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. 

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