Good Island Reads

Brush up on your facts or find island-inspired fiction   

The islands are a source of inspiration for many artists - including writers! Find a list of some of our favorite island books and feel free to share your picks with us!

Travel and Guidebooks

Don Pitcher, Moon Handbooks; San Juan Islands, Avalon Travel Publishing, 2012

Travel writer and outdoorsman Don Pitcher shares his expert perspective on the San Juan Islands, guiding you on a memorable and unique experience. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful and luxurious escape from city life or hoping to go whale-watching, kayaking, sailing, hiking, or diving, Moon San Juan Islands has activities for every traveler. With Don’s trustworthy advice, Moon San Juan Islands provides the tools for planning your perfect trip!

San Juan Island Guidebook

Orcas Island

Island Historical Society and Museum, Images of America: Orcas Island, Arcadia Publishing, 2006

"Orcas Island, the largest of the 172 islands in San Juan County, lies in the Salish Sea north of Puget Sound. Known as the "Gem of the San Juans" for her shimmering emerald hills bounded by 125 miles of rocky, tree-lined shore, Orcas was home to countless generations of Native Americans before the arrival of its first white settlers, formerly Hudson's Bay men who had hunted on the island, in the late 1850s."

Images of America: Orcas Island

Nature 

Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos, The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Sasquatch Books, 2014

Robert Dash, On an Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge, 2017

Susan Vernon, Rainshadow World, Archipelago Press, 2010

The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Photography 

Charles Gurche, San Juan Impressions, Farcountry Press, 2006

Karyn F. King, San Juan Islands and Beyond - A Photographers JourneyHerMajestyPress.com, 2012

San Juan Impressions

Fiction

Sharon Duncan, The Lavender Butterfly Murders, Signet Book. 2004

Sharon Duncan, The Dead Wives Society, Signet Book, 2003 

Sharon Duncan is the best selling author of the Friday Harbor-based Scotia MacKinnon mystery series. She is a linguist, an accomplished sailor, and a tango dancer. Going Dark, Book #1 of her new espionage series featuring MI5 Officer Kate St. Claire, will be available in September 2017. Sharon divides her time between Washington State and a hideaway on the Gulf of Mexico, with occasional sojourns in Buenos Aires.

The Lavender Butterfly Murders

The Images of America Series

Mike Vouri, Julia Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Images of America: San Juan Island, Arcadia Publishing, 2010

Mike Vouri, Julia Vouri, San Juan Historical Society and Museum, Images of America: Friday Harbor, Arcadia Publishing, 2009

Richard Walker, Images of America: Roche Harbor, Arcadia Publishing, 2009

Mike Vouri, Images of America: The Pig War, Arcadia Publishing, 2008

Images of America: Friday Harbor
Aboard a Washington State Ferry by Brandon Fralic

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