November 2012 Readings, First Friday, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Coupon Donations
New Magazines
Kobo eBooks & eReaders
November Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

First Friday

November 2 is First Friday!


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! 


The adult prize is: 

Anna Karenina (Movie Tie-In Edition)

by Leo Tolstoy

(plus a poster) 


The kids' book prize is:

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

by Ian Falconer 

PLUS a matching book bag! 

Coupon Donations 

Annie Bloom's supports several  organizations in the Portland area that are dedicated to children's literacy. You can help out, too, by donating your $5 Reader Reward coupons.
couponJust drop your next coupon into the canister on our front counter, and you'll assist the following organizations:

Children's Relief Nursery

Community Transitional School

Neighborhood House

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New Magazines  

Annie Bloom's is stocking several new magazine titles. Here are a few of the highlights: 

mollie makes
Mollie Makes is for crafters who live and love homemade.
ChopChop is a family cooking magazine whose vision is to reverse and prevent childhood obesity.

mother earth living
Mother Earth Living is the authority on green lifestyle and design.  
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November Readings, First Friday, and More!

Announcing Kobo eBooks and eReaders! Also, we have some great readings scheduled this month. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about new magazines and the latest titles in Sci-Fi & Fantasy. Drop by and see on First Friday! 
Introducing Kobo eBooks and eReaders! 
 Annie Bloom's is pleased to introduce you to Kobo. They're our new eBook provider! We'll also be stocking two models of Kobo e-reading devices: the Mini and the Glo.

Why are we switching from Google to Kobo eBooks? This is because Google has opted to no longer make their eBooks available through resellers, such as independent bookshops. The American Booksellers Association, with whom we partner, chose Kobo because of their large selection of eBooks and their established track record in the eBook business (they're big in Europe!).

If you've purchased Google eBooks from our website in the past, don't worry: switching to Kobo eBooks is simple. Also, the eBooks you've already purchased are still yours to keep and can be accessed at any time via Google Play.

kobo mini
kobo glo
Also, in the next few days, Annie Bloom's will be stocking two models of Kobo eReaders. The Mini is a palm-sized "E Ink" touchscreen reader that can store up to 1,000 eBooks and sells for $99.99. The Kobo Glo offers a slightly larger screen size and features their ComfortLight adjustable illumination. It's $129.99. Both units sport really long battery lives and have wi-fi, so you can download eBooks on-the-go. Drop by the store to test out a Kobo eReader! 
November Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

 Polly Campbell
Imperfect Spirituality
TONIGHT at 7pm! (Thursday, November 1)
Imperfect Spirituality is filled with practical tips and dozens of examples, as well as anecdotes from real people who are striving to grow both spiritually and personally. Each chapter features fascinating research about how the mind-body-spirit connection really works, as well as illuminating quotes and informative, easy-to-do takeaways from leading-edge academic and spiritual experts who both study and practice the techniques explored in the book.

 Polina Olsen with Michael Wells
Portland in the 1960s
Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Portland boasted a vibrant 1960s culture of disenchanted and disenfranchised individuals seeking social and political revolution. Through stories from the counterculture, Polina Olsen brings to life the beat-snapping Caffe Espresso, the incense and black light posters of the Psychedelic Supermarket, and the spontaneous concerts and communal soups in Lair Park. Olsen will be joined by Michael Wells, editor and publisher of "The Willamette Bridge," Portland's alternative newspaper of the late 1960s and early '70s.

 Kim Stafford
100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: A Memoir
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest boys of the Poet Laureate and pacifist William Stafford, were inseparable during childhood. Later, Bret--a puritan in the summer of love, a conscientious objector in the Vietnam era--became a casualty of his own interior war and took his life, leaving the family to endure the loss. Through Kim's devotions, he shares Bret's life and what it teaches us about the secret nature of depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally, the trick of joy.

Shasta Kearns Moore
Dark & Light: A Love Story in Black and White
Sunday, November 11, 2pm
Annie Bloom's is proud to host the launch party for local writer Shasta Kearns Moore's new children's book. Dark & Light is a beautiful love story personifying black and white. In the book, Dark meets Light. Light is strange and beautiful, which makes Dark afraid. Dark lashes out at first, but through the shared creation of things like the moon and lightning, they come to understand and even love each other. Before long, shades of gray are born, making one big happy family.

Harriett Wrye
Pulling Up Stakes
Monday, November 12, 7pm
On a High Sierra pack trip with her husband and their six llamas, psychologist Harriet Wrye felt a millennial call to "pull up stakes" in her life, as she did with tent stakes and llama stakes each day as they moved along the trail. Inspired, she closed her Los Angeles psychoanalytic practice of thirty years, they leased their house at the beach and set out on a journey to the "back of beyond." Creating a sabbatical from the familiar, her journey became a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage that led to a deep practice of letting go of assumptions, habits and patterns, and stepping into freedom. Pulling Up Stakes chronicles her journey.

Kathy Kriger
Rick's Café
Tuesday, November 13, 7pm
For more than 60 years, tourists visiting Casablanca tried to visit Rick's Café Americain only to discover that Warner Brothers had built the entire set on a studio back lot. It was a Hollywood fantasy-until Kathy Kriger came along, that is, and decided after 9/11 to bring the imaginary gin joint to life. In Rick's Café, she takes us through souk back alleys, the Marché Central's overflowing food stalls, and the shadowy Moroccan business world, all while producing, directing, casting, and playing lead actress in her own story. Here is how she brought to life the screen legend that has captured the imagination of generations.

Paul Gerald
Peaceful Places: Portland
Monday, November 19, 7pm
Paul Gerald is the man who gave us 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown. This time, Gerald is off in search of peace and quiet, and he invites the reader along to quiet tables, parks and gardens, enchanting walks, outdoor habitats, and other retreats. The theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but it's still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break. Annie Bloom's is proud to be included among Gerald's peaceful places.
November 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 November. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

The Art Forger
by B.A. Shapiro

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

by Emma Donoghue

Sacre Bleu
by Christopher Moore
Now out in paperback!

Running the Rift
by Naomi Benaron
Now out in paperback! 

New in Sci-Fi & Fantasy  

Here are some of the best new titles from our Science Fiction/Fantasy section:  

Whispers Under Ground
by Ben Aaronovitch
It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station--all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher. The case is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. It's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and-as of now-deadliest subway system in the world. At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah-that's going to go well.

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
by Margaret Atwood
The author of The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake engagingly explores her lifelong relationship to science fiction, both as a reader and as a writer. At a time when the borders between literary genres are increasingly porous, Margaret Atwood maps the richly fertile crosscurrents of speculative and science fiction, slipstream, utopias and dystopias, and fantasy, and muses on their roots in the age-old human impulse to imagine new worlds.

Earth Unaware
by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston
Set a hundred years before Ender's Game, Earth Unaware finds the mining ship El Cavador in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt. The ship's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system. What the crew encounters is the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin.

God Save the Queen
by Kate Locke
This novel is set in a world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire.