|September 7 is First Friday! Summer isn't over yet, so head out for an evening in the Village.
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:
The Art of Procrastination
by John Perry
(with matching book bag!)
The kids' book prize is:
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
by Ian Falconer
New J.K. Rowling - Pre-Order Today!
Order now and get a $5 coupon!
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written her first book for adults:
When you pre-pay for The Casual Vacancy,
we'll give you a coupon for 5 Molly Dollars. To pre-purchase the book,
visit us at Annie Bloom's. We're open 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday,
and 9am to 9pm on the weekends. You can also call us at 503-246-0053 to reserve a copy.
|September Readings, First Friday, and More!
all about the great events we have lined up for this month. Also, check
out our latest Theme section. Plus, find out which new books indie
booksellers across the country are loving. Drop by and see on First
Readings & Hobbit Party
September Events at Annie Blooms:
The Mirrored World
Monday, September 10, 7pm
The author of The Madonnas of Leningrad reads from The Mirrored World,
a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia.
Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine
the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St.
Xenia, one of Russia's most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a
richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that
recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of
privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.
Michael Montlack, Emily Kendal Frey, and Michael Sage Ricci
Thursday, September 13, 7pm
Michael Montlack [pictured] is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo and the editor of the essay anthology My Diva. His newest release is Divining Divas, the poetry follow-up to My Diva. Portland poet Emily Kendal Frey is the author of The Grief Performance, as well as several chapbook and chapbook collaborations, including Airport, Frances, and The New Planet. Michael Sage Ricci
is a Portland writer, artist and writing teacher. His short stories,
poems, essays and interviews have appeared in multiple journals and
anthologies. He is currently finishing his first novel Where the Jersey Devil Lives.
A Brilliant Novel in the Works
Thursday, September 20, 7pm
Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he can't give her, an
editor who wants a book he can't deliver, a brother-in-law whose
gastrointestinal disease may lead him to a morbid end, and dead parents
who, well, they don't really want anything, but that doesn't stop the
memory of them from haunting him. Heartbreaking and hilarious, A Brilliant Novel in the Works
is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow, praised by
Cheryl Strayed as "the secret love child of the smartest person you've
ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block."
|A Brilliant Novel in the Works
Sunday, September 23, 2pm
Join us for a fun celebration of The Hobbit.
This year is the 75th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale of
Bilbo Baggins, who joins the wizard Gandalf and a dozen dwarfs for a
great adventure, as they try to win back the treasure guarded by the
dragon Smaug. We've got many great activities lined up, including a piñata, crafts, trivia and Hobbity treats.
September Indie Next List
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 September. Here are a few of the selected titles
(click on a cover or title to read more on our website):
The Vanishing Act
by Mette Jakobsen
at Brewster Book Store in Brewster, MA, calls this novel "a charming,
fable-like story, beautifully told, and filled with magic."
The Bartender's Tale
by Ivan Doig
at The King's English in Salt Lake City UT, says of this historical
novel set in the 1930s and '60s: "no mere infatuation--the love I feel
for it will last a lifetime."
by Amanda Coplin
from Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA, says: "Lyrically written,
this is a moving book about a man's life, the land on which he lives,
and the consequences of caring about others."
by David Abramson
at Oregon's own Sunriver Books & Music writes of this novel:
"Funny, captivating, and intelligent, Abrams' tale is based on his 20
years of experience in the Army."
The Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny
at Boswell Book Company in Wilwaukee, WI, says of this eighth novel in
the Chief Inspector Gamache series: "Penny's complex characters and
their multidimensional relationships, as well as the unusual setting,
make this a fascinating reading experience."
New in Sports
is a great month for sports fans, with baseball's pennant race heating
up, football kicking off, tennis' US Open underway, and, right around
the corner, basketball and hockey set to begin. Here are some of the
best new titles from our Sports section:
by John Fox
by the curiosity of his sports-obsessed eight-year-old son,
anthropologist Fox sets off to explore the untold history of our
favorite ball games. From Mexican jungles to modern baseball parks, this
book traces how a simple invention like the ball has come to stake an
unrivaled claim on our passions, our money, and our lives. Equal parts
history and travelogue, The Ball removes us from the scandals
and commercialism of today's sports world to uncover the true reasons
we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games
by Hope Solo
Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless,
outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the
goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. This is a candid and moving memoir
about family, loss, and reconciliation. Solo is also a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo whom few have ever glimpsed.
by Alberto Salazar
is the memoir of the most accomplished, charismatic, and controversial
marathoner in history. The narrative is framed in the 14 minutes in
which Salazar was clinically dead after his shocking heart attack in
2007. He takes readers step-by-step through his signature races,
including his wins at the '80, '81, and '82 New York City Marathons,
and his epic, and ultimately self-destructive, victory at the 1982
It's All About the Bike
by Robert Penn
the time came for a new bike, Penn decided to pull out all the stops
and build his dream machine. From the United Kingdom to California, via
Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine
path of our love affair with cycling. On the way to building the
perfect bike, Robert Penn brilliantly explains why we ride.