Event date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland sports journalist Kerry Eggers to read from his book, Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball.

In the late '90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what they did on the court.

When someone asked Blazers general manager Bob Whitsitt about his team's chemistry, he replied that he'd "never studied chemistry in college." And with that, the "Jail Blazers" were born. Built in a similar fashion to a fantasy team, the team had skills, but their issues ended up being their undoing. In fact, many consider it the darkest period in franchise history.

While fans across the country were watching the skills of Damon Stoudamire, Rasheed Wallace, and Zach Randolph, those in Portland couldn't have been more disappointed in the players' off-court actions. Some of the players didn't care. As guard Bonzi Wells said, "We're not really going to worry about what the hell the fans] think about us. They really don't matter to us. They can boo us every day, but they're still going to ask for our autographs if they see us on the street. That's why they're fans and we're NBA players."

While people think of the Detroit Pistons of the eighties as the elite "Bad Boys," the "Jail Blazers" were actually bad. Author Kerry Eggers, who covered the Trail Blazers during this controversial era, goes back to share the stories from the players, coaches, management, and those in Portland when the players were in the headlines as much for their play as for their legal issues.

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ISBN: 9781683582601
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sports Publishing - November 20th, 2018

Event date: 
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes these three Portland authors on Montag Press.

Portland author Brian Jacobson presents his debut novel, The Truth About the Moon and the Stars.

Following the death of his parents, eighteen-year-old Shane Healy drops out of high school and lives alone in his childhood home. Shunning adult responsibility, Shane aimlessly drifts around 1990s Boston, apathetic toward everything except for his collection of anti-social hobbies Beanie Baby heists, Chinese buffet brawls, prank calls, and scatological joke shop relics of his youth. In an attempt to locate an out-of-print prank call CD, Shane accidentally calls a mysterious senior citizen, George Thurman. As his obsession with George grows, bizarre meddling from an unknown source hurls Shane into a sprawling, phantasmagorical journey that he never intended to take.

Portland author Trevor Richardson presents his novel Dystopia Boy.

Behind the veil of work and life, Democracy, free enterprise, and the roar of restaurants, bars, and blockbuster movies there are the Watchers - a secret branch of the US government with the sole task of spying on the American public through hidden cameras, tapped phones, the Internet, satellites, and even safe, sensible modern appliances.Then one day a young man named Joe Blake looks back through the monitor, locks eyes with an aging Watcher and says, "I know you're out there. I know you're listening." Joe declares war on the system, but can he complete his mission before the Watchers track him down through his own past? In a race against time, who wins, the people or the money?

Portland author Jason Rizos presents his most recent novel, Prom Night on the River of Death.

You might of once heard that story where this boy and girl get home from a date and then the girl starts hollering because there's this old bloody hook dangling from the door handle? Well, that weren't no hook man, or I suppose maybe it was. See, that was me. You'll find this hard to believe, but I never aimed on killing. Understand, for a long while folks have grown mighty paranoid about their children getting snatched up by some predator. So, me and Leopold, one day we figure we are going to do something about it. So we start abducting children. For ransom is all. Despite what you've seen in pictures, it hadn't been a thing. But then it starts becoming a thing, what with the economy the way it is, and all of a sudden seems everyone wants a piece of the market. Times get tight, and I'm just looking forward to a quiet retirement when look who falls into my lap, the captain of the Cheerleading team, Leigh Lundqvist, and let me tell you if all hell didn't break out on the Child Abduction circuit that season. My name's Chester, folks around these parts call me Chester the Molester, and this here's my story. I hope you enjoy.

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ISBN: 9781940233598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Montag Press - August 20th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781940233062
Availability: Special Order - Usually 1-5 Days
Published: Montag Press - July 1st, 2014

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By Jason Rizos, G. Arthur Brown (Editor), Chuck Foulds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781946335104
Availability: Special Order - Usually 1-5 Days
Published: Rooster Republic Press - June 14th, 2017