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Staff Picks

Our staff includes owner Patti, regulars Barb, Maurine and Amberly along with a couple of  irregulars: Arlene and Shunji. We all love to read, and our favorite books may be seen on the Staff Picks shelves beneath the Bookworms sign near the front of the store. You can also see these listed, some with short reviews, by clicking on our names below or on the links at the left of this page. 


Patti is the owner of Watermark Book Company. She and her husband Norman started the business in 1989, after running a bookstore in Oak Harbor. Born in Florida and schooled in California, she craves citrus and sun, but has acclimated to the Northwest, where she loves spending as much time as possible outside.  When not busy with Watermark duties, Patti likes to travel, dance, garden, and read! 



Barb has been with Watermark for a long time.  She is an advocate for local and international literacy programs.  She reads with two book clubs and prefers modern fiction, especially stories about family relationships - even the dysfunctional ones, but she will talk about all kinds of books.   



Maurine joined the Watermark staff after moving to Anacortes 2 years ago after 12 years on Orcas Island, where she worked at Darvill's Bookstore.  She had a previous life as a public librarian, library administrator, and HR professional.  For the past five years, she published a book recommendation website monthly,  which she is now transferring to social media. She reads ecclectically and often, a rich mix of fiction and nonfiction.



Amberly is the newest staff member, a creative writing major at Western Washington University. Her bookstore experience includes a year at Snow Goose Books and Frames. She loves authors Kurt Vonnegut, Ali Smith, Jenny Lawson and Helen Oyeyemi, among others.  And yes, she loves cats!




Arlene has worked at Watermark regularly and irregularly (currently the latter) since 2008. She came to us from Scotts Bookstore in Mt Vernon, and also works as a writer and editor. In her previous life she worked in Australia, her native country, as a grass scientist. She restricts her reading to good books, but, happily for her, they exist in unending supply.  



Shunji has been a customer of Watermark Book Company for the twenty plus years he has lived in Anacortes as a fujitive from a prosecutorial life in Los Angeles.  A reader for most of his life of fiction (except for courtroom drama), he has more recently taken the old adage, "Truth is stranger than fiction." to heart, and has been delving into non-fiction.