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Summer Melody: Author Toddie Downs debuts novel at Bindlestick party

Snoqualmie author Toddie Downs - Courtesy photo
Snoqualmie author Toddie Downs
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Snoqualmie author Toddie Downs will be hosting an open house launch party for her first novel, “Summer Melody.” Downs’ novel, a tender story of family, hope, and possibility, was released by Booktrope this month.

A launch party is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at The Bindlestick, 8010 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie.

There will be food, books for sale, and prizes to be raffled off. Prizes include a photograph print by local photographer Ellen Decola, a painting print on canvas by artist Patricia Tamburini, and pottery by Andrew Young.

Downs’ small-town novel is an achievement on every scale, and owes much to her local network: “The novel may be set in Ohio, but it could not have been written without the Snoqualmie community. I used to spend my Sundays writing in Bibo Coffee (now SnoValley Coffee), and local author Tess Hardwick introduced me to my publisher,” she says.

Summer Melody chronicles the complex relationships of three generations of women from a family in the fictional town of Daedalus Falls.

Toddie Downs is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who dreams of one day owning a yarn store.

Her website is


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