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Get the fidgets out!

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Recommended for ages 6 through adult

Get the fidgets out with a fidget spinner or fidget cube!

Turn, flick, and spin the Fidget Spinner: high-quality hybrid ceramic bearings for a longer, smoother spin and a bold matte color finish. 

Both adults and children will enjoy de-stressing with the Fidget Spinner  or Fidget Cube to de-stress. 

fidget cube

Unusually addicting, high-quality desk toys designed to help you focus. 

Fidget at work, in class, and at home in style.

Have you visited our game and toy nook?




"Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.” 

     ― Aberjhani




What We Need Is Wildness and Wonder


New selections in our extensive journal collection. 

In a variety of contemporary designs with inspiring quotations.

These artful composition books are for you—for everything you are, and everything you want to be. Here and now. Bring art to every day and add intention to every task. 

Softcover with lay-flat spine, 80 page comp book

Have you visited our journal and art nooks?



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“Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.” 

― Seán O'Casey




Who brought the books?






“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” 

― Mark Twain


Books Love Chocolate


Absolutely. Always. Indie.







“Dare to love yourself 
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”

      ― Aberjhani



Thank You for a Quarter Century!

We're Giving Back With 25 for 25!

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You had us at 25! -- authors, that is.
Would you like to meet 25 Awesome Authors?
It's on us.


What a Wonderful World

Upcoming Events

Fri June 2 Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat June 3  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


25 For 25! Dave Bartholomew, local author, columnist, and business owner (Simply Living), shares his historically inspired novel of young newlyweds seeking a new home in the headwaters of Lake Wenatchee. Along the White River they find great beauty and amazing resources, make fast friends, and experience danger, happiness, and heartbreak. 

Drawing on numerous true stories from European-descent early homesteaders of the White River , Bartholomew paints this pivotal moment in our local history. 


Thurs June 15 Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


25 For 25! Maybe its true that things come in threes: Willow's mother dies, her boyfriend dumps her, and Willow discovers she is pregnant. The DeVine Winery and Goat Ranch, in financial straits, and a friendship from long ago may be all she has left... 

Told with Wenatchee author Kaya McLaren’s humor and heart, The Road to Enchantment is a story about discovering that the last thing you want is sometimes the one thing you need. 

Thank you Kaya, for being our Indie Bookstore Day author!

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Fri June 23 Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat June 24  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


25 For 25!  “A path of unparalleled adventure, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is where you make memories, realize your dreams, and find out exactly what you’re made of.” – Eli Boschetto.

A boots-on-the-ground trail beta, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon breaks down the state’s more than 450 miles of the PCT into manageable sections—stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in three days, a week, or more. 

With photos, maps, itineraries, water sources, flora and fauna, and more, author Eli Boschetto details everything a section hiker needs to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake a tent, from the rolling grasslands of the Soda Mountain Wilderness to the doorstep of Oregon’s tallest peaks.


Fri June 30    Eagle Creek Winery    4:00--6:30 PM

Featured Poets: 
Cynthia Neely, Lance Brender, and TC Grassman


All poets are welcome--bring your words! 
$5 reserves your glass-- one glass or three tastings-- 
let the slam begin!

“I strive to write poems that possess the airiness of hollow bone, capable of lifting and soaring,” writes Leavenworth author Cynthia Neely, winner of the Hazel Lipa poetry prize, and author of Flight Path and Passing Through Blue Earth

Olympia's T.C. Grassman interweaves poetry and paint, using water color, ink and words. She holds a Liberal Arts degree from Evergreen State College.

Cashmere poet Major Lance Brender shares accessible poetry of service and gratitude in a dual-author collection In Cadence produced with fellow army officer Rodney Pattan--a dear reminder of the costs and of the pride of serving your country. 

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Sat July 1  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!

25 For 25! Gratitude, endurance, compassion and grace are celebrated by three disparate authors.

E.C. Murray shares A Long Way From Paris, a story of personal transformation in the snowy mountains of the South of France. This Kirkus Best Book is a searing, authentic memoir. Elizabeth is hired to herd goats on a remote mountain farm in the South of France. Without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French, she jumps into farm life cheerfully, learning to make cheese, birth calves and survive on one bath a week. “Riveting,” say reviewers. 

Major Lance Brender shares accessible poetry of service and gratitude published in the dual-author, annotated collection In Cadence. By turns surprising, inspiring, and haunting, this collection is a dear reminder of the costs and of the pride of serving your country.

Candace Wellman brings to light coastal Washington’s unacknowledged founding mothers: the wives in cross-cultural marriages, The Peace Weavers. Up to 90% of mid-1800 coastal Washington marriages were cross-cultural; yet our indigenous founding mothers have been largely ignored by mainstream histories. Wellman’s book is the culmination of 18 years of research, and interviews with over two hundred collaborators. While each woman's story is uniquely her own, together they built a lasting legacy as peace weavers.

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Fri July 7  Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat July 8   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


25 For 25!  Wendy Hinman has been sailing since age six, so when she met a man who had been shipwrecked in the South Pacific in his youth, it may have been destiny… 

“[Sea Trials is] a modern, swashbuckling adventure” — Seattle Book Review 

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire, the gripping story of Garth’s voyage around the globe with his family when he was a teenager--facing storms, pirates, and more--was selected as a Kirkus Book of the month. 

Wendy Hinman also sharesTightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Pacific Odyssey, the story of her seven year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth--winner of the Journey Award for Best True Life Adventure Story, and a top 125 best travel books for women. 

“Wendy Hinman offered genuine enthusiams, practical, noteworthy advice and some hilarious tales… her memoir will captivate you.” – Cruising World

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Sat July 15   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!
Thurs July 20  Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


25 For 25! At the Table of Wolves, a high-tension espionage story interweaving paranormal powers, probes the pre-WWII politics and prejudices that helped enable fascism to take root.

1936 England. Kim Tavistock is a woman with a psi-gift of drawing out truths that people most wish to hide. Because of this Talent, she stumbles upon a German plot to weaponize a new and unguessed-at power that may lead to the subjugation of England. The scheme is aided by a charming and ruthless Nazi intelligence officer and traitorous British aristocrats, one of whom may be Kim’s father. 

“A fabulous read. It’s got the feel of Foyle’s War and the tense mystery plot of a spy thriller. . . I enjoyed every bit of it.” –Martha Wells

Kay Kenyon is the author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including The Entire and The Rose quartet, and Queen of the Deep. Her work has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick, Endeavour, and John W. Campbell Awards and for the ALA Reading List Awards.

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What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

Lisa Ko's powerful debut,  winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize.

There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko's novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it's more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading. --Ann Patchett

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon--and never comes home. 

Eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he's ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. 

Told from the perspective of both Daniel and Polly, Ko's novel gives us one of fiction's most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another. 

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.

An Indie Next Pick and Library-Reads Pick by LOCAL AUTHOR and Goodreads Debut Author of the Month Matthew Sullivan of Moses Lake.

Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that  opens with bookseller Lydia Smith finding the corpse of Joey Molina hanging from a beam in the Bright Ideas Bookstore. 

Lydia can’t fathom why he chose to commit suicide there—or why he died with a photograph of Lydia’s 10th birthday party in his pocket. 
When Lydia flips through Joey's books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

With quirky characters and a keen sense of place, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore will keep you guessing until the very last page.

"A smart, twisty crime novel filled with compelling characters set in a world that book-lovers will adore." -- Jess Walter, author of NYT Bestselling Beautiful Ruins.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

A New York Times bestseller from acclaimed Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming.

“This is memory” is the refrain of Jacqueline Woodson’s haunting new novel.

Returning  home for the funeral of her father, August is plunged into another Brooklyn, of 20 years earlier, 1973, when she was a girl arriving in the borough following the death of her ­mother. 

1973. Eleven year old August found comfort with a clique of girls whose lives wound around one another’s in a series of complex knots. “Sylvia, Angela, Gigi, August. We were four girls together, amazingly beautiful and terrifyingly alone.”

The girls come of age against the turbulence of the 1960s -70s, and the domestic reverberations of the Vietnam War. 

The four friends are so close that boundaries between them are blurred and nearly irrelevant. Referring to the boys of the neighborhood, August observes: “The four of us together weren’t something they understood. They understood girls alone, folding their arms across their breasts, praying for invisibility.” 

But the strength they find in one another is no match for the grown men who prey on young girls. Structured as short ­vignettes, the novel unfolds as memory does, in burning flashes, thick with detail, unmooring ­August from her current reality.

Both a celebration and a lament, award-winning Another Brooklyn is a vivid weave of loss and perseverance, strength,  rapture, friendship and memory.

By award-winning  Noah Hawley, recipient of an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award, and creator of the TV series Fargo.

"One of the year's best suspense novels" -- New York Times

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. 

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. 

Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together. 

"A complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel," -- Kristin Hannah

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

By Nina Riggs, author of Lucky, Lucky.

"We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other." 

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer--one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. 

How does one live each day, "unattached to outcome"? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty? Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs's asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? 

Brilliantly written, disarmingly funny, and deeply moving, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones, and it's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina's other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer. 

It's a book about looking death squarely in the face and saying "this is what will be." Especially poignant in these uncertain times, The Bright Hour urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

By internationally best-selling and award-winning Neil Gaiman, recipient of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, a British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, an International Horror Guild Award, 2 Mythopoeic Awards, and other awards--author of American Gods, Ananzi Boys, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and many many other acclaimed works.

“I must be one of the few people to love Neil Gaiman most for his nonfiction. Filled to bursting with his humor, wisdom, and hope, all articulated in the thoughtful, generous prose we know and love, The View From the Cheap Seats will keep you company, give you solace, and help you think deeper, smile harder, and breathe easier.” — Serena Longo Harvard Book Store

An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style. 

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. 

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

ABFAS Recommends New YA NonFiction

Recommended for 14 and up.

By actress and model Lily Collins, star of Mortal Instruments and Rules Don't Apply.

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins opens a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. 

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it's like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it's about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. 

She's learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they're not alone. 

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily's honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It's time to claim your voice. It's time to live your life unfiltered.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

Recommended for 13 and up

By NYT bestselling, Newbery-winning Megan Whalen Turner whose Queen's Thieves novels have received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Andre Norton Award shortlist,  the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.

Thick as Thieves is the eagerly anticipated new stand-alone novel set in the world of the Queen's Thief.

The Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations and intrigue, battles lost and won, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin. 

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. 

Set in the world of the Queen's Thief, this epic adventure sees an ordinary hero take on an extraordinary mission. 

-- Now in paperback! --

Recommended for ages 13 and up

By #1 NYT bestselling author Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl.

#1 New York Times best seller 
Booklist Editors Choice
Named a "Best Book" by Time Magazine, School Library Journal, and NPR. 

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. 

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here--it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. 

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

Recommended for ages 8 to 12

A collection from a dozen acclaimed authors, by Jon Scieszka, Christopher Healy and Sharon Creech

Heroes and Villains, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka's Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters--with and without capes. 

Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good--or evil. 

Authors include Laurie Halse Anderson, Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez, Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Christopher Healy, Deborah Hopkinson, Ingrid Law, Pam Munoz Ryan, Lemony Snicket, and Eugene Yelchin, with illustrations by Jeff Stokely.

--Newly featured --

Recommended for ages 12 and up

By award-winning Julia Alvarez, author of acclaimed adult (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents) and young adult fiction (Tia Lola series). Her awards include the National Medal of the Arts, the Pura Belpre and Americas awards, the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature.

 "A must-read." Kirkus Reviews

An award-winning, moving, and timely story about the families of undocumented workers by renowned author Julia Alvarez. 

After Tyler's father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn't sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? 

And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected to her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. 

Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences? In a novel full of hope, but with no easy answers, Julia Alvarez weaves a beautiful and timely story that will stay with readers long after they finish it. 

Winner of the Pura Belpre Award, the Americas Award, and other awards.

"Communicates in compassionate and expressive prose the more difficult points of perhaps the most pressing social issue of our day." -- San Antonio Express-News 

"This timely novel, torn right from the newspaper headlines, conveys a positive message of cooperation and understanding." -- School Library Journal 

"The questions raised about the meaning of patriotism will spark debate." -- Booklist 

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

A picture book for ages 4 to 8.

Written by Chelsea Clinton, author of It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and co-author or Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?
Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, illustrator of twenty picture books, including the Tallulah series and the Max and Marla books.

Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard.

She Persisted celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. 

With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power. 

She Persisted features: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor--and one special cameo.

Written by highly acclaimed J. Patrick Lewis, author of over 100 picture books including Navajo Code Talkers. His numerous honors include Children's Poet Laureate of the United States, NCTE Excellence in Children's Poetry Award and the Alice Louise Wood Memorial Prize. 

Illustrated by twin sisters Anna and Elena Balbusso, award-winning Italian artists who have illustrated more than 40 books. 

“Make the Earth your companion. Walk lightly on it, as other creatures do,” Lewis begins. 

“Learn from the sea how to face harsh forces,” Lewis continues. “Let the river remind you that everything will pass. Let the lake instruct you in stillness.” 

The Balbusso sisters offer graceful stylized forms prancing the rounded edge of the planet against a deep red-orange sky, or a personified moon gazing at its reflection in a glassy lake. Delicate combed lines give texture to a lion’s mane, trace the grain of wood, and follow the lines of bird flight. 

Illustrations and invocations resonate, reminding us of the wisdom humans can gain from the natural world, and creating a sense of reverence.


What a Wonderful World

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ABFAS logo piece of 2“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” 

       ― Iris Murdoch

“Raise your words... It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” 

        ―  Rumi

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