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Staff Picks

Our staff includes owner Patti, regulars Barb, Maurine and Amberly. 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 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!