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Coffee, Sweet Treats and Poetry, Oh My!

Books + the aroma of coffee...they go together like birds of a feather.

The first poetry reading at Heidi's Kaffee Haus will be Leavenworth poet Cynthia Neely on July 24 (details below).

 Here's to many more!

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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Upcoming Events

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 24, 7:00 PM at Heidi's Kaffee Haus


Join us in celebrating the release of Flight Path by Leavenworth poet Cynthia Neely. Neely will read from her new book at Heidi's Kaffee Haus, next door to A Book For All Seasons. 

“With a fine ear for the music of language and a sharp eye for physical detail, the poems of Flight Path are clear windows into landscapes of the natural world and of the heart,” says Ellen Bass.

The natural world, and our place in it, have always been central to the work of poet and visual artist Cynthia Neely. Neely lives with her husband and son up a mountain road above Leavenworth. In addition to Flight Path and Broken Water, Neely’s work appears in numerous journals and anthologies.


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!


Tues Aug 5, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library


Brothers of Summer, a novel by Stan Morse, is a coming-of-age story about three boys who struggle to understand and finally make an unconditional commitment to friendship. 

It is the summer of 1969. The Vietnam War is raging, John Wayne dominates the theatre marquee, and fourteen year old Billy Ward’s world will crumble if he can’t convince his eighteen year old brother Mike and Mike’s best friend Stu to include him in a mountain adventure. 

Stan Morse, author of Circling the Earth in a Wheelchair, was a teenager in the late 60’s and stood to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, had it not been for a snow skiing accident at age 17 which left him a paraplegic. Morse is now a lawyer, author and motivational speaker living in central Washington, with a second novel, Goering’s Gold, forthcoming.


Fri Aug 22, 7:00 PM at Leavenworth Library


Local 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. 


Sat Aug 23, 1 - 3 PM at A Book For All Seasons


A triple dose of inspiration from authors Jon Magnus, Alice Kuder and Dayna Reid.

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

In Alice Kuder’s novel Since I Last Saw You, love flares at Stevens Pass ski lodge between dare-devil Issac and safe-and-sane Ali. A loving family grows and flourishes—but everything can change in an instant. Journey with Ali through loss to hope, gratitude, and Thanksgiving. 

With Sacred Ceremony, Dayna Reid offers a step-by-step guide to your wedding ceremony, from spiritual to nonspiritual, traditional to alternative, including biblical scripture, Native American blessings, Buddhist prayers, rabbinical teachings, Irish toasts, Inuit blessings, Rumi’s poetry, and more. 

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ABFAS Recommends New Fiction

By Diana Gabaldon

Now out! The eighth novel in the world-famous OUTLANDER series. 

In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit.”

In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back  to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife.

The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, Written in My Own Heart's Blood weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.

The latest from Stephen King!

FC9781476754451In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. The killer escapes. 

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because the killer's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. 

"Mr. Mercedes" is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

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By Lisa See

FC9780812992892NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. 

In China Dolls, it’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing, a war is brewing, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. 

When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

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ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

By Khaled Hosseini

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. 

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. 

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. 

With more than ten million copies sold in the United States of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, and more than thirty-eight million copies sold worldwide in more than seventy countries, Khaled Hosseini is one of most widely read and beloved novelists in the entire world, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit which provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

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By Gillian Flynn

 #1 New York Times Bestseller 

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears. 

Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams...while passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?

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By Helen Fielding

FC9780345806345Move over, Bridget Jones’s Diary: She’s back, and this time she’s texting and tweeting. . . 

Bridget’s life has taken her places she never expected. But despite the new challenges of single parenting, online dating, wildly morphing dress sizes, and bafflingly complex remote controls, she is the same irrepressible and endearing soul we all remember—though her talent for embarrassing herself in hilarious ways has become dangerously amplified now that she has 752 Twitter followers. 

As Bridget navigates head lice epidemics, school-picnic humiliations, and cross-generational sex, she learns that life isn’t over when you start needing reading glasses—and why one should never, ever text while drunk. 

Studded with witty observations about the perils and absurdities of our times, Mad About the Boy is both outrageously comic and genuinely moving. As we watch her dealing with heartbreaking loss and rediscovering love and joy, Bridget invites us to fall for her all over again.

ABFAS Recommends New NonFiction

By Tom Robbins

FC9780062267405Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins's long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.

Tom Robbins's warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels-including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and Another Roadside Attraction-are madcap but sincere, and pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents. His irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. 

In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, weaving together stories of his unconventional life-from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures. Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

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By Rick Atkinson

FC9781250037817It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. 

In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how they fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. 

Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.

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ABFAS Recommends: For Teens and Middle Grades

By Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl                       
Recommended for age 12 and up
New York Times Bestseller

“This moving read will have you reaching for the tissues and smiling with delight... Stunningly alive on the page, Esther shows that sometimes the true meaning of life—helping and loving others—can be found even when bravely facing death.” –People Magazine

In full color and illustrated with art and photographs, this is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Essays by family and friends help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.


By John Rocco and Jay Primiano

A young working-class teen fights to save his family’s diner after his father is lost in a fishing-boat accident. 

When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks.

Told with cinematic suspense and a true compassion for the characters, Swim That Rock is a fast-paced coming-of-age story that beautifully and evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own.

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ABFAS Recommends: For The Younger Crowd

By Clotilde Perrin

FC9781452122083Discover Benedict drinking hot chocolate in Paris, France; Mitko chasing the school bus in Sofia, Bulgaria; and Khanh having a little nap in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Clotilde Perrin takes readers eastward from the Greenwich meridian, from day to night, with each page portraying one of (the original) 24 time zones. Readers learn about the history of timekeeping and time zones, and to explore where each of the characters lives on the world map. 

A distinctive educational tool, this picture book's warm, unique illustrations also make it a joy to read aloud and admire.

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By Steve Light

Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights. 

Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park. 

Steve Light’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with meticulous splashes of color, elevate this counting book to new heights. Maybe the dragon is up there, too!
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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
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Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary. 
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