October 2012 Readings, First Friday, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
New Fall Books
October Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Music

First Friday

October 5 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:

Portland in the 1960s

by Polina Olsen 

 

The kids' book prize is:

Nightsong

by Ari Berk & Loren Long PLUS a matching book bag! 

New Fall Books!  

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written her first book for adults:
The Casual Vacancy is out now!

A double-dose of Wildwood!

Under Wildwood, the sequel to Colin Meloy's kids (and discerning adults) book about adventures in a fantastical Forest Park, is finally here! And the first Wildwood is out in paperback, too!


The Oregonian Cookbook: Best Recipes from Foodday

This brand new collection contains recipes created by exceptional home cooks, the region's most talented chefs, and the newspaper's most popular food writers. 
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October Readings, First Friday, and More!

We have some great readings scheduled this month. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about some New Fall Books and great new titles from our Music section. Drop by and see on First Friday! 
October Readings

Walter Stahr 

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

Tuesday, October 2, 7pm

This biography is the first full life of the leader of Lincoln's "team of rivals" to appear in more than forty years. William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. He was also fascinating. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, soldiers, politicians, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, a drink, and a good story. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahr sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.

 

Portland Poets

Thursday, October 4, 7pm

At the center of Matthew Dickman's Mayakovsky's Revolver is the suicide of his older brother. Known for poems of universality of feeling, expressive lyricism of reflection, and heartrending allure, Dickman is a powerful poet whose new collection explores how to persevere in the wake of grief.

Jay Nebel will be reading from his chapbook, Loud Mouth. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House, Narrative, and others. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and kids.   

 

William L. Sullivan

"Folk Heroes of the Northwest" Slideshow 

Wednesday, October 10, 7pm

The author of the "100 Hikes" guide book series presents a slideshow on "D.B. Cooper & the Exploding Whale: Folk Heroes of the Northwest." Sullivan's new historical mystery is The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute. Portland police detective Neil Ferguson uncovers a series of puzzling and threatening clues that lead to the identity of D.B. Cooper, the mysterious man who hijacked a plane and parachuted with $200,000 in 1971. But when Ferguson delves deeper into a web of blackmail and murder, he realizes there may in fact be two D.B. Coopers.

October 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 October. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe

A "love letter to Schwalbe's mom" and to "books and their power to help us all remember both the struggle and the joy it is to be human," Laurie at Elliott Bay Book Company calls this memoir "a remarkable book!"



Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon
Amanda at Inkwood Books in Tampa says: "Chabon has given us yet another masterful, unsparing novel whose vivid characters will inhabit your heart long after the final page."





The Black Count
by Tom Reiss
"A fast-paced, engaging biography of Alexander Dumas' father," writes Shawn of Chapter One in Hamilton, MT. "History, biography, and adventure are woven into this exciting and rewarding read."




The Odds
by Stewart O'Nan
Cathy at Tattered Cover in Denver writes: "This is a small novel that packs an emotional wallop. Both suspenseful and sweet, I loved this gem of a book." Now out in paperback!





Rin Tin Tin
by Susan Orleans
Megan at Watermark Books in Wichita calls this biography "a wonderful odyssey beautifully depicting loyalty and friendship in a remarkable history lesson and an entertaining read." Out in paperback next Tuesday!


New in Music 

Here are some of the best new titles from our Music section:  

Waging Heavy Peace
by Neil Young
For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young's journey as only he can tell it.


How Music Works
by David Byrne
Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne searches for patterns--and tells us how they have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators. How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

One Direction: Dare to Dream
by One Direction
Get your tween or young teen daughter something she'll really like. "From five guys who didn't even know each other to making it to "The X Factor" final, heading off on our first tour, recording our first album, and releasing our own music, we've written this book so you can get to know who we really are, where we came from, and where we're going next."