Ellen Allmendinger, author of Hidden History of Yakima

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

inklings bookshop is delighted to welcome Ellen Allmendinger, author of Hidden History of Yakima

Dig into the valley’s fading past

Hidden History of Yakima Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467138413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: History Press - October 29th, 2018

Deb Gorman, author of Leaving Your Lover

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm



Inklings Bookshop is pleased to welcome Deb Gorman for a reading and signing

They have left the path of truth…


Find Waldo Local Grand Prize Drawing and Party!

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us for our Find Waldo Local wrap up party! We'll be drawing for lots of prizes, including door prizes and parent prizes (for those of you who have been shuttling your kids all over town looking for Waldo). There will be some especially cool prizes donated by some of the participating businesses.

Find Waldo Local!


We are on the cusp of July again, and that can only mean one thing:  It's time for Find Waldo Local!

Book Scene - The Power of the Forest

Book Scene: The Power of the Forest, in a book. This article was featured in the Yakima Herald and can be seen here. Review by Shirley S.


"The Cactus" Review for Yakima Herald by Emily Ring

I am, at best, a half-hearted reader of the genre formally known as “women’s fiction” (colloquially, “chick lit”). I tend to resent the assumption that, just because I’m a woman, and a mother, my experiences are universal and easily boiled downed to a formulaic story with a predictable plot and a happy ending.

Every so often, though, a book comes along that challenges my perception of the genre. Sarah Haywood’s charming, funny, poignant debut, “The Cactus,” is that rare gem, a story of womanhood and motherhood that is never reductive and seldom predictable.

Susan Green (don’t call her Suze or Suzie) is 45 and a self-made woman. Rigid, controlling and self-contained, she lives a strictly regimented life, relying on no one but herself, close to no one but her aging mother, whom she visits regularly and whom she imagines couldn’t get on without her.

Then, in rapid succession, two events knock her well-organized life completely off the rails. First, she finds out she is pregnant, the result of a long-term but casual and emotionally neutral relationship. Then her mother dies suddenly and leaves her house in the sole possession of Susan’s immature, crass, disreputable younger brother, Edward.

Having counted on her half of the proceeds of the sale of her mother’s home to help support her impending offspring — and indignant over her mother’s betrayal — Susan contests the will. The legal battle that ensues pulls Susan further out of her comfort zone, leading to unexpected friendships with her brother’s college friend, Rob, and Kate, a newly single mother of two small children who lives below her.

It also brings some long-buried family secrets into the light, forcing Susan to confront the series of events that caused her to close herself off to the possibility of love, support and companionship. As the birth of her child approaches, everything that Susan believes about herself and the life she has built is called into question.

“The Cactus” is supported by the strength of its thoughtfully drawn, tangibly real characters. Prickly as the cacti that she grows (somewhat unsuccessfully), Susan manages, somehow, to become a likeable character, despite her stridency and self-righteousness. In her desperate need to avoid caring for and relying on others — and allowing them to thereby control her — and her blissful ignorance about the messiness of parenthood, she is heartbreakingly relatable.

The supporting cast are equally appealing: kind, thoughtful Rob, a talented gardener who cultivates a friendship with Susan with the same care that he would use with a struggling seedling; and frazzled but shrewd Kate, who helps Susan understand the difference between asking for help and being weak. Even nasty, combative brother Edward and Susan’s vain and vapid Aunt Sylvia reveal unexpectedly deep veins of sympathetic development.

In the end, “The Cactus” is a surprisingly substantive read, confronting inevitable truths about life and motherhood with grace, empathy and sparkling wit. It’s a proud addition to the genre of women’s fiction, and a worthy of gracing almost any woman’s bookshelf.

• “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood was published by Park Row in January. It retails for $26.99.

Ben Mayo

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for a meet-and-greet with local author and teacher, Ben Mayo, and his book, Volume 3 of his Pun What's the Difference BetweenTrilogy, "What's the Difference Between...?" 

The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

Chris and Kyle Bolton, author and illustrator of Smash 2: Fearless

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 2:00pm

  Inklings is delighted to welcome Chris and Kyle Bolton, author and illustrator of Smash 2: Fearless!

SMASH 2: Fearless Cover Image
By Chris A. Bolton, Kyle Bolton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536200355
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - May 8th, 2018

SMASH: Trial by Fire Cover Image
By Chris A. Bolton, Kyle Bolton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763654061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - May 8th, 2018

NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The official title and cover of Book 13, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown have just been revealed!

PREORDER now, On sale October 30th!


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