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|March 2017 Readings, New in Performing Arts, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest books on Performing Arts, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Browse our Refugees window. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
March and April Readings at Annie Blooms:
The Sky Between You and Me
Thursday, March 9, 7pm
Catherine Alene will read from The Sky Between You and Me, her young adult novel about grief and striving for perfection. Raesha will to do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn't just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It's about honoring her mother's memory and holding onto a dream they once shared. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend.
So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...
LeeAnn Elwood McLennan
Monday, March 13, 7pm
The Portland author returns to Annie Bloom's for Root, the second YA novel in her Dormant Trilogy. It's been four months since Olivia Woodson Brighthall accepted her supernormal heritage. When Portland is flooded with more supernormal beasts than ever before, Olivia and her family are thrust into a fight to keep people safe. A warning from one beast suggests someone is deliberately sending the monsters. But who among the Brighthall's enemies has the power to compel creatures? And then Olivia's visions start...
Tuesday, March 21, 7pm
Countless people are now cutting back on meat by enjoying more plant-based meals--to look and feel better, have a lighter eco-footprint, or to help animals. If you want to eat less meat and dairy without giving them up entirely, MeatLess offers concrete rationale and easy steps for reducing animal products. Kristie Middleton, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, shares inspirational stories from people who've lost weight, reached their health goals, helped animals, and improved their environmental footprint through plant-based eating. Along with its delicious, satisfying recipes that anyone can make, MeatLess offers tips and tricks for overcoming common barriers to diet change and how to make a better lifestyle stick-such as easy food swaps, where to dine out, and how to set and meet your goals. Whether you're a passionate meat lover or vegan-curious, MeatLess is the roadmap for a healthier life and a better you.
Hiking from Portland to the Coast
Wednesday, March 22, 7pm
A guidebook for both experienced and casual hikers, Hiking from Portland to the Coast explores the many trails and logging roads that crisscross the northern portion of Oregon's Coast Range. While showcasing convenient looped routes, it also describes complete throughways connecting Portland to the coastal communities of Seaside and Tillamook. Designed to both inform and entertain, each of the 30 trails described includes a backstory highlighting the rich histories of Native Americans, white settlers, loggers, and railroad operators. The maps, notes, and tips provided in Hiking from Portland to the Coast
will be invaluable for those adventurers who wish to wander far from the beaten track. Less intrepid explorers will find plenty of short and scenic exploratory hikes in the forests that parallel Highway 26 to Seaside or Highway 6 to Tillamook.
Thursday, March 23, 7pm
Be-Longing is the fourth anthology by the Woodshop Writers, a group of writers in Portland, Oregon, who study their craft under the guidance of writer and teacher Nancy Woods. In this anthology you will read about home and homelessness, exploration and discovery, identity, growth, change, and understanding of both self and others. Together the pieces describe a wide range of human experience. They underscore how basic and vital a sense of belonging is for everyone, and how many different forms belonging can take. The night's featured readers will be: Ann Sihler, Kerry McPherson, Jamie Caulley, Howard Schneider, and Catherine Magdalena.
Journey: The Amazing Story of Or-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History
Monday, April 3, 7pm
The Oregon author will read from her middle grade book. Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you'll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey's quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf.
Gary Corbin and Kelly Garrett
Local Mystery Writers
Thursday, April 6, 7pm
Corbin will read from his new novel, The Mountain Man's Bride. In this sequel to The Mountain Man's Dog, rustic forester Lehigh Carter fights to clear first his own name, then that of his fiancée, Stacy McBride, as they are accused of murdering the deputy who once made their lives miserable. Kelly Garrett will read from The Last to Die. Sixteen-year-old Harper Jacobs and her bored friends make a pact to engage in a series of not-quite illegal break-ins. They steal from each other's homes, sharing their keys and alarm codes. Everything is okay, until the bold but aggravating Alex, looking to up the ante, suggests they break into the home of a classmate. One of the group turns up dead, and Harper comes face-to-face with the moral dilemma that will make or break her--and, if she makes the wrong choice, will get her killed.
Concepcion and the Baby Brokers
Tuesday, April 11, 7pm
In nine interconnected stories set largely in Guatemala, Concepcion and the Baby Brokers brings to life characters struggling with familiar emotions and dilemmas in a place unfamiliar to most Americans. From the close-knit community of Todos Santos to the teeming dangerous capital city, to a meat-packing plant in Michigan and the gardens of Washington DC, Deborah Clearman shows us the human cost of international adoption, drug trafficking, and immigration. With searing humanity, Clearman exposes the consequences of American exceptionalism, and the daily magic and peril that inform and shape ordinary lives.
Wednesday, April 12, 7pm
Oregon author Paul Dage will read from the sequel to Trout Kill. Eddy Trout, part-time bartender and pot-grower, has a troubled heart. He's left his wife and buried his father in a gone-to-seed garden, and now he's running hard toward what he hopes is a new, brighter tomorrow. His sister, Em, has disappeared, and he's got to find and "save" her. She turns up where they both swore they'd never return--Oak Creek, the small Oregon logging town of their childhood, where dark memories threaten ... and may possibly free them.
Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Portland author DeFreitas will read from her novel Hot Season. In the tinder-dry Southwest, three roommates-students at Deep Canyon College, known for its radical politics-are looking for love, adventure, and the promise of a bigger life that led them West. But when the FBI comes to town in pursuit of an alum wanted for "politically motivated crimes of property," rumor has it that undercover agents are enrolled in classes, making the college dating scene just a bit more sketchy than usual. Katie, an incoming freshman, will discover a passion for activism that will put her future in jeopardy; Jenna, in her second semester, will find herself seduced by deception; and Rell, a senior, will discover her voice, her calling, and love where she least expects it.
Ruth Tenzer Feldman and Amber Keyser
Young Adult Authors
Thursday, April 20, 7pm
In Portland author Feldman's Seven Stitches, it's been a year since the Big One devastated Portland. Meryem continues to search for her mother even as she learns to live without her in a changed Portland. After she receives a magical prayer shawl handed down from her maternal grandmother, a mysterious stranger appears, and Meryem is called to save a young girl living in slavery--in sixteenth-century Istanbul. In Keyser's Pointe, Claw, childhood friends Dawn and Jessie are both running out of time. Jessie has one shot at her ballet dream. Dawn's blackouts are getting worse. At every turn, they crash into the many ways girls are watched, judged, used, and discarded. Should they play it safe or go feral? The answer lies in the forest with a bear in a cage.
Wednesday, April 26, 7pm
Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection, Hermit Thrush. "Cinematic, sensual, timeless, immediate. Amy Minato's poetry echoes vignettes from the wilds of nature and the deep well of the human heart. Poised to forge the alchemy between human nature and the natural world, Hermit Thrush is more than a book of poems, it is a rare elixir of connection in a thirsty world." -Kate Power
March Indie Next List
|Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in soon to browse these and other great March Indie Next picks.
A Piece of the World
by Christina Baker Kline
"A Piece of the World is a beautifully rendered novel about the life of Christina Olson, the inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's famous painting Christina's World. Moving back and forth between Christina's childhood and her long-term relationship with Wyeth during her middle years, A Piece of the World captures the internal struggles of a young woman living with a physically debilitating disease in rural Maine. Baker Kline does a masterful job of giving us insight into a fiercely independent woman who has suffered so many disappointments but still manages to create a fulfilling life for herself and inspire those around her with her strength." -Phyllis Spinale, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
Setting Free the Kites
by Alex George
"This heartfelt and compelling novel from A Good American author Alex George is a story of friendship, loss, and how we deal with grief, a story about how a single friendship can change us forever. Yet again, George has developed beautiful, layered characters and you will quickly fall in love with Nathan, Robert, and Liam in blustery seaside Maine in the 1970s. You will hear the excitement each hot, blistering summer of children and families visiting the amusement park owned by Robert's family. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will grieve, but you will not be disappointed." -Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE
by Dan Chaon
"Ill Will is a house of mirrors reflecting intergenerational psychodramas in which the abuses of a parent insidiously infect subsequent generations. Violent parricide, false memories, drugs, and sex fuel a double plot line and vivid character development and taut dialog propel the reader as scene shifts blur the roles of the offender and the injured. Chaon adroitly leads us through a literary haunted house, then leaves us to find our own way out." -Bill Fore, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
by Michael Finkel
"This is the fascinating true story of Christopher Knight, who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years and survived by stealing supplies from vacation cabins while living in extreme conditions to avoid detection. After more than 1,000 burglaries, he was finally caught and partially reintegrated into society. His story is told together with the history of hermits and those who have sought solitude in order to have insight. Chris defies psychological profiling, and it's amazing Finkel was even able to interview him to write this book. This level of solitude would drive most people insane, but for Chris, it seems like an almost pure contemplative state. An excellent read." -Todd Miller, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
by Hope Jahren
Recommended in hardcover by Pete Mulvihill, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA.
The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson
Recommended in hardcover by Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
by Steve Olson
Recommended in hardcover by Tom Campbell, The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC.
New in Performing Arts
Here are some great new books on Music, Film, and Dance:
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
by Steve Jones
Without the Sex Pistols there would be no punk. And without Steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols. It was Steve who, with his schoolmate Paul Cook, formed the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols and who was its original leader. As the world celebrates the 40th anniversary of punk--the influence and cultural significance of which is felt in music, fashion, and the visual arts to this day--Steve tells his story for the very first time. Lonely Boy is the story of an unlikely guitar hero who, with the Sex Pistols, transformed twentieth-century culture and kick-started a social revolution.
The Godfather Notebook
by Francis Ford Coppola
The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed it--Francis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years old--reveals the intense creative process that went into making this seminal film. With his meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo's novel, the notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook pulls back the curtain on the legendary filmmaker and the film that launched his illustrious career. Complete with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola and exclusive photographs from on and off the set, this is a unique, beautiful, and faithful reproduction of Coppola's original notebook.
by Tim Falconer
A self-confessed "bad singer," Tim Falconer is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has been afflicted with amusia, ie: he is scientifically tone-deaf. Bad Singer chronicles his quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and to search for ways to retrain the adult brain. He is tested by numerous scientists who are as fascinated with him as he is with them. He also investigates why we love music and deconstructs what we are really hearing when we listen to it. Throughout this journey of scientific and psychological discovery, he puts theory to practice by taking voice and breathing lessons with a voice coach in order to achieve his personal goal: a public display of his singing abilities. A work of scientific discovery, musicology, and personal odyssey, Bad Singer is a fascinating, insightful, and highly entertaining account from an award-winning journalist and author.
A Simple Story: The Last Malambo
by Leila Guerriero
Every year, at the height of summer, the remote Argentine village of Laborde holds the national malambo contest. Centuries-old, this shatteringly demanding traditional gaucho dance is governed by the most rigid rules. And this festival has one stipulation that makes it unique: the malambo is danced for up to five minutes. That may seem like nothing, but consider the world record for the hundred-meter dash is 9.58 seconds. The dance contest is an obsession for countless young men, who sacrifice their bodies and money as they strive to become the champion, knowing that if they win in order to safeguard the title's prestige they can never compete again. When Leila Guerriero traveled to Laborde, one dancer's performance took her breath away, and she spent a year following him as he prepared for the next festival. The result is this superlative piece of journalism, told with tremendous economy and power.
by Martin Torgoff
Drawing upon his rich decades of writing experience, master storyteller Torgoff connects the birth of jazz in New Orleans, the first drug laws, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, swing, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, the Savoy Ballroom, Reefer Madness, Charlie Parker, the birth of bebop, the rise of the Beat Generation, and the coming of heroin to Harlem. Having spent a lifetime at the nexus of drugs and music, Torgoff reveals material never before disclosed and offers new insights, crafting and contextualizing Bop Apocalypse into a truly novel contribution to our understanding of jazz, race, literature, drug culture, and American social and cultural history.