Celebrate Sanibel's Luminary day the island way: MacIntosh Books will have shortened hours (closing at 5 PM so everyone can escape the traffic), and during the day we will host local authors Ron Base & Marsh Diane Arnold combined with fantastic deals on holiday and new year items. We'll feature:
Join us for three terrific local authors events this coming week!
Meet Ron Base Friday, November 23rd at 11 a.m.
He’ll be signing his new Sanibel Sunset Detective Mystery titled I, the Sanibel Sunset Detective.
Meet Jennifer Schiff Wednesday, November 28th at 11 am.
She’ll be signing her latest Sanibel Island Mystery titled In the Market for Murder.
Meet Marsha Diane Arnold Friday, November 30th at 11 a.m.
She’ll be signing her latest children’s picture book titled Galapagos Girl.
Author James Anderson will be in store signing copies of his latest novel, Lullaby Road, which is a prequel to his first novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner. Both are published by Penguin Random House.
James Anderson was born in Seattle and raised in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and received his Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Boston. For many years he worked in book publishing. Other jobs have included logging, commercial fishing and, briefly, truck driver. He currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon, and the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.
About Lullaby Road-
Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads “Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan” And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. “Bad Trouble. Tell no one.”.
Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he’s facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.
Praise for Lullaby Road-
“…a delicious cast of colorful characters…Lullaby Road is a triumphant mix of landscape, character, wit and sagacity wrapped in a noir thriller.” -Shelf Awareness
“Atmospheric…Arresting desert vistas and distinctive characters leave a lasting impression.” —-Publishers Weekly
“The action is nonstop, and the plot twists are heart-pounding. Anderson’s vivid prose gives a sense of vastness that is the desert he so brilliantly describes – it is an amazing use of language to create a mood and feeling…Fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book and long for another visit with the residents along Route 117.” -Library Journal
Stop by MacIntosh the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, and buy some books while supporting a great cause.
MacIntosh has partnered with the Florida Education Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund and several other independent bookstores across the state of Florida to raise money for hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts in public schools. There are so many challenges faced by communities after a catastrophic hurricane, and many public schools are dealing with devastating damages, including the loss of their school libraries.
10% of all sales the weekend of November 3rd and 4th will go towards book donations for public school libraries in the Panhandle and Big Bend area that were damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Michael.
If you aren’t able to stop in just call! We’ll be happy to ship books to you for FREE!
Wednesday, October 24th 11-1
JEN CALONITA has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Justin Timberlake, but the only person she's ever wanted to trade places with is Disney's Cinderella. She's the award-winning author of the My Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Fairy Tale Reform School series. Jen lives in Merrick, New York with her husband, two sons, and their two Chihuahuas, Captain Jack Sparrow and Ben Kenobi.
Monday, October 21st 11-1
Clara Silverstein is the author of WHITE GIRL: A STORY OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION and three cookbooks. Her work has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in publications including American Heritage, Southern Cultures, Blackbird, and The Boston Globe. The former program director of the Chautauqua Writers' Center, she lives in the Boston area.
Monday, February 25th 11-1
Jonathan F. Putnam
Jonathan F. Putnam is a writer and attorney. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and avid amateur Lincoln scholar. He currently lives with his family in London, England. This is his third Lincoln and Speed mystery.
*Ticket information can be found under each author’s name/date on our MacIntosh Events page or by calling
The cover of The 2019 Sanibel-Captiva Nature Calendar features a spectacular photograph of a roseate spoonbill in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge by local nature photographer Robert Kimbrell. The rear cover includes a beautiful Bowman’s Beach sunset by longtime Sanibel visitor and natural history photographer and writer Lynn Stone.
This edition of the calendar spotlights six of our island’s year-a-round avian residents and three juvenal alligators photographed in Sanibel Garden Preserve! Also pictured, are seasonal visitors to our beaches; a nesting least tern, a lesser black-backed gull and a migrating black-throated blue warbler. Rounding out the monthly photographs are a tropical checkered skipper in the Bailey Tract and a scrawled cowfish on a coral reef in the Gulf off Sanibel.
Jim Fowler, the calendar's designer said “I love showing both seasonal, migrating and year-a-round birds and animals on our islands in the same calendar edition. It shows the great diversity of wildlife we are so fortunate to share the island with.” Fowler also announced the addition of a third writer for the photo narratives – SCCF shorebird program coordinator Audrey Albrecht. Fowler said “I am very excited to have Audrey as a contributing writer for the calendar. Her extensive knowledge of birds and experience in the field will add a wealth of knowledge and interest to the photo narratives. Added to the writing of long-time island residents Betty Anholt and Charles LeBuff the calendar contains a wealth of information and writing styles!”
Photographers featured in this edition are Theresa Baldwin, Marianne Bargiotti, Cliff Beittel, Dick Fortune, Peter Hawrylyshyn, Robert Kimbrell, Sara Lopez, Lorraine Sommer, Lynn Stone and Don Thompson.
Fowler says "It is the best calendar in the world, and probably the best calendar that ever was! It is the only calendar that truly represents what Sanibel and Captiva are all about – nature!”
“Created from an idea that took seed during my island experiences since I first came to Sanibel in the early seventies, I have tried every year to put together a calendar that truly shows the natural beauty of the islands. It continues to be my goal each year to publish a calendar that not only is beautiful and useful, but also promotes wildlife conservation through interest, information, and education.”
First published in 1988, this is the 31st edition of this popular calendar. Sold only in Southwest Florida, it continues to set the standard for other calendar publishers.
First to include full-featured narratives by experienced nature writers. Each photograph is accompanied by complete subject information including: description, nesting, breeding and feeding habits, range, habitat, status, and health.
First to help support local and regional environmental organizations. Each fall a portion of the publisher’s proceeds are donated to a regional conservation organization. (Last September $1,000.00 was donated to the “Ding” Darling Society on Sanibel.) To date, the publisher has donated $23,289.25 to conservation organizations in Southwest Florida.
Recognizing that paper manufacturing and printing can have harmful environmental properties, this publication was:
First to print a four-color photographic calendar on recycled paper in North America; the 1991 edition printed in May 1990.
First to reduce consumption and waste by using thinner paper than any other four-color photographic wall calendar.
First to refuse to individually shrink-wrap, use wasteful stiffeners, and pre-box each calendar. Total reduction in paper materials used to manufacture this calendar when compared to other similar-sized wall calendars is a full 66%. (Limited corrugated stiffeners, made from used boxes, are included with some mail orders.)
Plus, the inside photographs are not coated with an extra varnish – just the bare ink; and it is soy based ink. (The cover photos are coated with a water-based film.)
Purchase the 2019 calendar here!
It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.
But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.
Watch Me Disappear is our August book club pick! Join us Tuesday, August 28th at 6 p.m. for snacks and discussion!
The much-anticipated return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies.
Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a “superlative” book (Boston Globe), “gorgeously weird and limber” (New Yorker), “frequently funny” (San Francisco Chronicle), “brooding, inventive and often moving” (NPR Fresh Air) – as Groff is recognized as ”Florida’s unofficial poet laureate, as Joan Didion was for California.” (Washington Post)
“Groff’s gifts as a writer just keep soaring higher and higher.” – NPR’s Fresh Air
In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character—a steely and conflicted wife and mother.
The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.
“Sensationally good psychological suspense.”–Lee Child
Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King’s Daughter is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.
Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be.
More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
“A quintessential summer read.” —Marie Claire
A warm and wonderfully vivid novel about taking second chances—in life and in the sea
One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark.
Eighteen years later, Maeve has thrown herself into her work as a world-traveling marine biologist discovering more about the minds of misunderstood sharks. But when Maeve returns home to the legendarily charming and eccentric Hotel of the Muses where she was raised by her grandmother, she finds more than just the blood orange sunsets and key lime pies she’s missed waiting for her.
While Maeve has always been fearless in the water, on land she is indecisive. A chance meeting on the beach with a plucky, irresistible little girl who is just as fascinated by the ocean as Maeve was growing up leaves her at a crossroads: Should she re-kindle her romance with Daniel, the first love she left behind when she dove into her work? Or indulge in a new romance with her colleague, Nicholas, who turns up in her hometown to investigate an illegal shark-finning operation?
Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of the mysterious passions of one woman’s life: her first love and new love; the sea and sharks that inhabit it.
David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.
If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.
With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.
This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best. Here's a link to a review on NPR.
We're celebrating the Fourth of July by selling you a great selection of eclectic and diverse books and gifts at a terrific price!
Save 20% on everything in our shop
Sunday, July 8th.
Doug MacGregor, award winning Florida cartoonist, author and illustrator, has published a new fantastic children s book!
Turtellini, The Turbo-Charged Turtle, is a 52-page book that will capture a child s heart, imagination and sense of wonder. Beautifully illustrated in full color, it stars Turtellini an inventor who happens to be a turtle. Turtellini is not your typical turtle. He won t settle for moving slow through the water. He sets his sights on breaking the water speed record and designs a series of turbo-charged engines to get him there. Follow Turtellini on his wondrous and wild adventure of determination and imagination. Where will his dreams and aspirations take him? This book focuses on drive, determination, invention and begs the question what if? . It also includes four open pages at the back of the book (photo copying recommended) that will encourage young readers to draw, design and dream up their own inventions as Turtellini looks on.
Meet Doug at MacIntosh Books on Monday, July 2nd from 5-7. He'll be signing his books and drawing for fans!
Meet Jennifer Schiff and her popular Sanibel Island Mystery Series! She'll be signing book two, Something Fishy, Tuesday July 3rd from 11-1. It makes a great gift for you or someone you know who loves Sanibel!
About Something Fishy- When reporter Guinivere Jones's ex-husband, Art, shows up on Sanibel, she knows there's something fishy going on. Things swiftly go from bad to worse when Art is accused of a crime he swears he didn't commit and Guin is lured into helping him. Can she reel in her emotions and catch a killer?
It's been nine months since Guin moved from cold, gray New England to warm, sunny Sanibel--and she's never been happier. She has a great new job, working for the local paper; a great new beau, a sexy marine biologist; and a great little apartment, just minutes from the beach. Even her two cats love it on Sanibel. Everything has been going great for Guin (except maybe finding that dead body, but she found the killer and turned it into a killer story). That is until her ex-husband, Art, shows up.
Within 24 hours of his arrival on Sanibel, for a fishing trip and sales conference, Art becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his rival. And it's going to take all Guin's wits to keep him out of jail--and out of her bedroom. Can she do it?
The second book in the Sanibel Island Mystery series, SOMETHING FISHY once again features intrepid reporter Guinivere Jones; her sometime nemesis, Detective William O'Loughlin; her best friend, Shelly; her marine biologist beau, Dr. Harrison "Harry Heartthrob" Hartwick; and her two feline companions, Flora and Fauna--along with several new characters sure to delight.
We're NOLA bound for ABA's Children's Institute 2018. We can't wait to share our travel stories and new discoveries with you! The store will be open all week, but the hours will be slightly reduced.
Shop with us Monday, June 18th-Sunday June 24th from 9:30-5. We'll return to normal hours after this week.
You can always reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge thanks to Laura DeFeo of Something to Wine About Paint Parties for providing us a creative outlet! If you missed our painting party, don't fret! We'll be hosting Laura again on July 19th at 6:30. Space is limited so RSVP soon!
Book Club will be here before you know it, so start reading! This month's selection is the Lying Game by Ruth Ware. If you've read the book you are welcome to join us for snacks and conversation on Thursday, June 28th at 6 p.m.
Work continues on our expanded Mini-Mac in the Franklin Shops on the corner of First Street and Broadway in the Fort Myers River District. Stop in and check it out!
Meet Jennifer Schiff
Tuesday, June 5th from 4-6
We're having a PARTY for local author Jennifer Schiff and her new release Something Fishy, A Sanibel Island Mystery. Join us for some great conversation and fun, cozy mystery. It makes a great gift!
Tuesday, June 5th from 6-7
If you've read Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney we invite you to join us for book club from 6-7.
We had such a terrific Independent Bookstore Day that we're celebrating into the week with an extra 25% savings off our already half price sale cart items! Shop early for the best selection. We also have signed books left over from Ron Base's signing while supplies last and a few special IBD items like the Dragons love Books onesie and the Colson Whitehead pouch.
We're congratulating local writer Terry John Malik on winning the Gold in the I.B.P.A Benjamin Franklin Award Program for his debut mystery the Bricklayer of Albany Park. Copies are available in the shop and Terry will be here on May 26th from 10-12 if you'd like to chat with him and have your book personalized.
And, last but not least, Book Club will meet Thursday, June 5th at 6 p.m. We'll be reading Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk this month by Kathleen Rooney. Hope to see you there!
Cookbook Open House
Tuesday, April 24th from 4-6 p.m.
Join us for samples from our current favorite cookbooks, along with wine and special discounts. This month we'll be serving something delicious from the Tacos of Texas by Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece AND Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin.
Celebrating 50/50 Day
Thursday, April 26th from 5-6:30 p.m.
April 26th is International 50/50 Day! What is that you ask? It is all about getting to 50/50…a gender balanced world that is better for EVERYONE. And you are invited to join the celebration!
As some of you know, our fabulous Nori Ann Reed is a Florida delegate for the national organization Vision 2020 from Drexel University. In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Vision 2020 is working, along with many partners including the League of Women Voters, to complete the unfinished business of economic, political and social equality for women.
They have 4 goals in their vision:
- 50/50 shared leadership in business and government,
- civic engagement to encourage every eligible woman to vote in 2020,
- economic parity for women,
- youth education that supports gender equality.
NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED! Come have a drink and a nibble, learn about Vision 2020, enter for our door prize and talk to other individuals who care about these issues.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 28th is National Independent Bookstore Day and we'll be celebrating ALL DAY with local authors, one-of-a-kind IBD items and fun FREEBIES for book lovers of all ages. Here's just a sample of what we're offering-
10-12 Read to Wila, our Shop Dog. She loves a good story and she'll be happy to let your reluctant reader tell her a story or two!
10-12 Ron Base will be our guest bookseller. He'll be happy to help you pick out a new book or tell you about his wildly popular Sanibel Sunset Detective Series.
All Day- Cookies and coffee, FREE reusable Blu Bag with a $50+ purchase, FREE ice cream cone for kids 12 and under with a book purchase courtesy of the Sanibel Deli. FREE Llama, Llama coloring book and crayons while supplies last. Special gift items only available on IBD and last, but not least, BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF on all in stock hardcovers!
Ron Base will be here for the last time this season on Wednesday, April 18th. He'll be signing his popular Sanibel Sunset Detective Series and chatting with fans beginning at 10 a.m!
Thursday, April 19th we'll be be hosting our island book club beginning at 6 p.m. If you've read the Alice Network by Kate Quinn you are welcome to join us. We're an informal and diverse group and lots of fun!
Other upcoming events include-
April 24th from 4-6 is our monthly cookbook open house (food, discounts & fun!)
April 26th from 5-6:30 we'll celebrate 50/50 day with wine, cheese, discounts & a raffle prize
April 28th from 9-5 it's Independent Bookstore Day! Join us for discounts, limited edition IBD items and a whole bunch of activities for the whole family!
Meet David Watts on Monday from 10-12. He'll be signing his memoir, the Accidental P.I. and his new thriller, Loose Ends.
Accidental P.I. takes you on a thrill ride following the fifty-year professional career of Private Investigator David Watts, as his life story treats you to these experiences and more. From murder, rioting, gambling and drug raids to sex cases, and fraud, this behind-the-scenes peek at real-life cases shows how investigators get the job done--not like in the movies or on television.
David Watts entered the investigative field as a young New Jersey policeman at the beginning of the turbulent 1960s. His descriptions of the seedier side of the cultural revolution during that era is riveting . . . and you get to go along for the ride! Switching to the private sector, armed with a Super 8 camera, he had the guts to quit law enforcement and start his own business in 1976 and has been at it ever since.
We'll welcome back Jennifer Schiff on Friday the 13th from 11-1 to sign copies of her Sanibel Island Mystery, a Shell of a Problem. This cozy mystery is a local best-seller and fun beach read!
Saturday, April 14th we'll try a relaxing chair meditation with Barbara Ward. All are welcome!
Here's a snap of our Top Ten Bestsellers for the month of March
Save the Date!
Meditation clinic with Barbara Ward
Saturday April 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a. m.
Barbara P Ward, psychotherapist and Senior Kripalu Yoga Teacher believes that there is too much hype and too many myths about Meditation. She has been sharing her “ practice” with her students at The Yoga Connection in Massachusetts for over 20 years. She says “We can be mindful every day and every way if we choose to do so. Intention, attention, moment to moment, breath by breath”. Come especially if you tried to meditate and feel you failed or come if you just want to try it for the first time. Leave your expectations at the door and best of all, It’s FREE.
Wednesday, March 28th
We'll be celebrating our 58th Birthday. That's right, 58!! and we hope you can join us. We'll be serving cake and coffee from 11-5.
Local author, Jennifer Schiff will be celebrating with us and signing her new, locally set, cozy mystery titled A Shell of a Problem.
Thursday, March 29th
Local author Ron Base of the Sanibel Sunset Detective series fame will be joining us from 11-4 to sign his books and chat with fans. They'll be cookies, of course!
Book Club @6 p.m.
We'll be discussing this month's selection, Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton . Hope to see you there!