July 2012 Readings, First Friday, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
New Mysteries
July Readings
You Better Run
Indie Bookseller Picks

First Friday

July 6 is First Friday! What better way to celebrate independence than a trip to your local independent bookstore.

 

As always, we'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!  

 

Adult prize:

 Moonwalking with Einstein 

by Joshua Foer,

plus a "Penguins at the Beach" book bag!  

 

Kid's prize:  

Ladybug Girl on the Beach 

by David Soman 

New Mysteries  

 Here are a handful of the newest mystery and thriller titles out now:


Hell Is Empty
by Craig Johnson


A Lesson in Secrets
by Jacqueline Winspear


The Leopard
by Jo Nesbo


The Wreckage
by Michael Robotham 
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July Readings, First Friday, and More!
Join us for all the wonderful readings we have this month. Also, check out our latest Theme section. Plus, find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Drop by and see on First Friday! 
July Readings
Natalie Serber
Shout Her Lovely Name
Tuesday, July 10, 7pm 

Mothers and daughters ride the familial tide of joy, pride, regret, loathing, and love in these stories of resilient and flawed women. In a battle between a teenage daughter and her mother, wheat bread and plain yogurt become weapons. Gimlet-eyed and emotionally generous, achingly real and beautifully written, these unforgettable stories lay bare the connection and conflict in families. Shout Her Lovely Name heralds the arrival of a powerful new writer.

Joe Meno & Nathan Larson
with musician Kim Baxter
Wednesday, July 11, 7pm

 
Larson
Authors Joe Meno and Nathan Larson will read from their new paperback novels. They'll be joined by Portland indie-pop singer-songwriter Kim Baxter. Joe Meno's Office Girl is the story of two people caught between the uncertainty of their futures and the all-too-brief moments of modern life. Nathan Larson's The Nervous System is the follow-up to Dewey Decimal System and follows the misadventures of a librarian/bodyguard in post-meltdown New York. Kim Baxter, from Portland indie-pop trio All-Girl Summer Fun Band, will be playing acoustic versions of songs from her new solo album, The Tale of Me and You.

Heather Barbieri
The Cottage at Glass Beach
Thursday, July 12, 7pm

The author of The Lace Makers of Glenmara returns with the enthralling tale of Nora Cunningham, who, in the wake of scandal, flees to a remote island off the coast of Maine. Just as she begins to regain her balance, her daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own--a journey that will force Nora to find the courage to chart her own course and finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her long-buried past.

Michael Houck & M.J. Cody
Wild in the City
Wednesday, July 18, 7pm

 
Houck
Co-editors Houck and Cody present the second edition of this highly acclaimed Portland guide. New natural history essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stafford, Robin Cody, Judy BlueHorse Skelton, Robert Michael Pyle, Jonathan Nicholas, and Richard Louv offer fresh perspectives on the little pockets and expansive corridors of Portland's wild environs. The book also examines the innovative strategies that cities, agencies, and nonprofits are using to create an ecologically sustainable metropolitan region.

Mark Ellis
Ladder Memory
Thursday, July 19, 7pm 

In Ladder Memory, Stories from the Painting Trade, freelance journalist and writer Mark Ellis recalls his 30 year journey from apprentice painter to successful painting contractor. These stories scrape the knuckles and get under the fingernails. Ellis brings authenticity and discovery to his exploration of the experiences of a housepainter, and the entrapments, frailties, and indomitable spirits of those living and working in the structures he paints. 
You Better Run! 
Run for fitness, run from the truth, run for your life! Whether you're looking for a book on running to stay fit, or with characters running from the bad guys, or about governments and corporations running shell games, we've got you covered. Below are just a few of the books in our latest Theme section. Drop by Annie Bloom's to browse the others.


Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall


The Maze Runner
by James Dashner


Escape from Camp 14
by Blaine Harden


Running with the Kenyans
by Adharanand Finn


Area 51
by Annie Jacobsen 
July Indie Next List 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse all the picks for July. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):


Gold
by Chris Cleave


Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
by Daniel Smith


Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter


Yes, Chef: A Memoir
by Marcus Samuelsson


The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker


Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness