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Bremerton author highlights city landmarks

Bonnie Linden signs one of the first copies of “B is for Bremerton” at Cornerstone Coffee. - JJ Swanson
Bonnie Linden signs one of the first copies of “B is for Bremerton” at Cornerstone Coffee.
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Author Bonnie Linden spotlights Bremerton’s most beloved landmarks to create a souvenir alphabet book for all ages released on Dec. 14.

Linden’s book “B is for Bremerton” sums up the city for locals and tourists, according to Holly James, CEO of the Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center who helped Linden from the beginning of the project.

Each letter A-Z is associated with a well-known or historical spot around town. It is illustrated by photographs from the chamber of commerce, local newspapers and some from Linden’s own collection.

“It’s not meant to be a history book though, just an easy way for people to get to know the city,” said Linden.

The author explained that she and her husband often buy picture books as souvenirs when they visit other cities. They are always looking to outdo the last trip by bringing home something unique for their travel collection.

Linden’s experience as a first grade teacher inspired the alphabet style of the book. And her interaction with tourists through volunteer work at the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum made her think that a souvenir alphabet book could sell.

“I see a lot of visitors enjoying themselves, but they don’t necessarily want a puppet to take home to remember the city by,” said Linden.

The author visited the Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center to see if publishing her first book was a possibility or just “some fancy dream.” The Center encouraged her and arranged a meeting with Mayor Patty Lent of Bremerton get her opinion of the project. Lent received one of the first copies of the completed book.

“I just bought four copies for my grandchildren. We don’t have anything like this, so I think it’s a great way to showcase the city,” said Lent.

“That’s what we love to see here. We’re an incubator for local talent, and we’re so proud of her,” said James.

Linden’s book is for sale at Cornerstone Coffee on Pacific Avenue starting Dec. 14. Copies of the book will be available at the cafe as well as at the Entrepreneurial Center until they sell out. The initial run was about 100 copies. Linden said that she would like to see how sales go before starting the second print.

According to Lent, the second edition may include some updated photos of sites like the Manette Bridge.

Having lived in Bremerton for 40 years, Linden said that choosing the landmarks came pretty naturally.

“Of course when anyone thinks “M,” it’s Manette Bridge!” said Linden.

However, some letters were harder to think up. For example, “X, Y and Z” gave the author some trouble. For “Y” she settled on “yard” for the Navy shipyard.

The author’s family, who has been in Bremerton for generations, were involved with choosing the landmarks. Linden’s oldest son, Karl Linden, also painted the cover for the book.

“It’s been a big learning curve, but the community support has been so nice. I hope it’s well-received by those who really know Bremerton,” said Linden.

 

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