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November is a big month for us, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of our store opening. We're celebrating by giving away one $25 Watermark gift certificate every day from November 1st until our actual birthday on November 20. Stop in any day between now and then, fill out a postcard with your name and phone number, and we will draw one lucky winner each day. 



This is an annual event sponsored by American Express to celebrate the small businesses in our communities - like Watermark! Use your Amex card in our store, and/or at other participating independent retailers on the day. Spend $50 or more and earn $10 back, up to 3 times on the day. Special guests, including local authors Kathleen Kaska, William Dietrich and Colleen Mondor, will be making appearances at Watermark (at 10.30am, 11am, and time TBA, respectively) to talk about some of their favorite books and sign copies of their own works. In addition, several well-known Anacortes identities and small business owners will be providing lists of their own favorite books as suggestions for gift giving. These prominent town personages include Police Chief Bonnie Bowers, Island Hospital Commissioner Chip Bogosian, Mugsy Duryee from Red Snapper, Carolyn from Bikespot, Fletcher from Dad's Diner, and YA author Stacey Campbell.



Local author Stacey Campbell will be at Watermark from 6.30-8pm, during the December Anacortes Art Walk (when local galleries and other stores will be open late) to sign copies of her brand new pirate novel for middle-graders, Arrgh! (Green Darner Press, $7.99). Treasure Island meets The Tale of Despereaux in this swashbuckling new adventure!



Anacortes Museum Educator Bret Lunsford will be presenting a slide show on Anacortes history books, including LANCE BURDON: A Photographic Journey, and more. This event will be held at Watermark Book Company. Everybody welcome! 



THE HANDSOME MAN'S DELUXE CAFE, by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $24.95). The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tackles the mystery of a woman who has no memory of who she is or how she came to Botswana; the pregnant Grace Makutski, Precious Ramostwe's partner in the Agency, launches a new business enterprise of her own; and Mr J.L.B. Maketoni is forced to make a tough decision that will bring major change to both Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and the No. 1 Ladies next door. All of these place demands on Mma Ramotswe's patience and finesse, but she tackles them with her usual good humor, and she and her associates discover along the way what true friendship really means.

SO ANYWAY..., by John Cleese (Crown, $28.00) John Cleese still has it! He has written a very funny memoir covering his childhood, life at school, and his experiences on stage and in television. He vents his anger at a few bad teachers and a bit at his fellow Pythons.  He also explains the inspiration behind some of the Python skits. This book reinforces my observation that all great comedians have very strange parents indeed. - Dave


THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir (Broadway Books, $15.00) New in paperback! Astronaut Mark Watney is one of the first people to walk on Mars. Six days after taking his first steps on the red planet, he's now sure he'll be the first person to die there. His crewmates have retreated back into space, thinking him dead already, and he has no means of contacting anyone on Earth. His food supplies are limited, his support machinery is damaged. But he's not about to give up. Armed with ingenuity, engineering skills, and a black sense of humor, Watney embarks on a stubborn quest to stay alive. This is a fantastic thriller, grounded in science so that it reads like a true-life survival tale.


SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, by Joanna Trollope (Harper, $15.99) No, not Jane Austen, though it features a pair of sisters, Elinor and Marianne, one an architecture student who values patience and reliability, the other fiery and creative, filling the house with dramas and guitar playing while dreaming of going to art school. When their father, Henry Dashwood, dies suddenly, the sisters' world is upended. This is a modern re-telling of a well-known classic about love and heartbreak, and how, when it comes to money, some things never change.

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