August 2020: Calendars for 2021, Baking Books, Livestream Readings, and More!

 
 
August 2020: Calendars for 2021, Baking Books, Livestream Readings, and More!
 
Take a look at our 2021 Calendar Selection, get some great ideas for Baking Books, check out our livestream Author Readings, and sign up now for Summer Book Bingo! But first....
 
New & Upcoming Releases
by Isabel Wilkerson
Out Now!
 
Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
by Zadie Smith
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Written during the early months of lockdown, Intimations explores ideas and questions prompted by an unprecedented situation. What does it mean to submit to a new reality--or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? What is the relationship between time and work? In our isolation, what do other people mean to us? How do we think about them? What is the ratio of contempt to compassion in a crisis? When an unfamiliar world arrives, what does it reveal about the world that came before it? Suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these extraordinary times, Intimations is a slim, suggestive volume with a wide scope, in which Zadie Smith clears a generous space for thought, open enough for each reader to reflect on what has happened--and what should come next. The author will donate her royalties from the sale of Intimations to charity. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Ibram X. Kendi & Ashley Lukashevsky
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a new 9x9 picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves, now with added discussion prompts to help readers recognize and reflect on bias in their daily lives. Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world. With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by April Henry
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In the latest thriller from Multnomah Village's own April Henry, A teen is snatched outside her kung fu class and must figure out how to escape—and rescue another kidnapped victim. When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom's boyfriend, everyone assumes she's run away. The truth is much worse. She's been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes. And worse yet, Savannah's not alone: ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out—even if it means they die trying. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Mary L. Trump
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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric. Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents' large, imposing house in the heart of Queens, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office. Mary L. Trump has the education, insight, and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider's perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world's most powerful and dysfunctional families. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Jon Meacham
Out: August 25
 
John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." A believer in the injunction that one should love one's neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
by Rosanne Parry & Lindsay Moore
Out: September 1
 
From Annie Bloom's own Rosanne Parry comes this stand-alone companion to A Wolf Called Wander, in which a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family's matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be? A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. Signed copies will be available. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
by Dav Pilkey
Out: September 1
 
The next great Dog Man adventure from the worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey. You'll howl with laughter! The Supa Buddies bamboozled the baddies, but all's not right in the world. Dog Man has a new problem to pound, and he's going to need his entire pack to help him. Will he go barking up the wrong tree? The Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
by Elena Ferrante
Out: September 1
 
A new novel set in a divided Naples by the author of My Brilliant Friend. Giovanna's pretty face is changing, turning ugly, at least so her father thinks. Giovanna, he says, is looking more like her Aunt Vittoria every day. But can it be true? Is she really changing? Will she turn out like her despised Aunt Vittoria, a woman she hardly knows but whom her mother and father have spent their whole lives avoiding and deriding? There must be a mirror somewhere in which she can see herself as she truly is. Giovanna is searching for her true reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, neither city seems to offer answers or escape. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
by Fredrik Backman
Out: September 8
 
Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Rich with Fredrik Backman's "pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Ayad Akhtar
Out: September 15
 
A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home. Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one––least of all himself––in the process. Pre-Order Your Copy Here!
 
 
2021 Calendars Are Here!
 
Ansel Adams was the most honored American photographer of the 20th century. Through his photography and leadership in the Sierra Club, he remains a leading voice in the fight to conserve America's wilderness. The 2021 Ansel Adams Engagement Calendar features 52 exquisite, high-quality reproductions of Adams's photographs, carefully selected and ordered to reflect the changing seasons. These stunning images of America's natural heritage and national parks––majestic mountain vistas, dramatic waterfalls, and landscapes of the American West––will delight all year long. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
Combining a practical week-at-a-glance write-in grid with spectacular nature photography, the Audubon Engagement Calendar captures both awe-inspiring wonders and pristine scenes of quiet beauty. Raindrops cling to the bright petals of a California Poppy. Glaucous Gulls rest on a Greenland iceberg. Golden Hillside Daisies blanket California's Carrizo Plain National Monument. And Venezuela's Angel Falls—the world’s highest free-falling waterfall—plunges 3,212 feet. It’s a celebration of nature, its power, and its glorious diversity. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
The Jewish Calendar 16-Month 2020-2021 Engagement features 53 full-color Judaic ceremonial masterpieces from the internationally renowned collection of The Jewish Museum, New York.
  • Spans a full 16 months from September 2020 through December 2021
  • Each weekly spread features a different Judaic ceremonial masterpieces
  • Includes U.S. and Jewish holidays, Sabbath candle-lighting times, and a list of Jewish holidays through the year 2030, making this calendar essential for every Jewish household.
We have August to August 2020-2021 Calendar Organizers in five fun colors: Licorice, Butter, Sage, Orchid, and Slate.
 
When ordering, please specify your color choice in the comments section of your order. Purchase Your Organizer Here!
 
William S. Rice's elegant yet humble block prints faithfully portray the landscape in all seasons. An avid outdoorsman, Rice found enduring inspiration in nature—from a pair of peonies to a snow-covered cabin in the woods. In 1900 the Pennsylvania native set out across the continent to California. The state's forests, mountains, and coastline became his primary subjects, but wherever he went—the Southwest, Alaska, or Europe—he photographed, sketched, and painted landscapes and seascapes. Later in his studio, some of those images became the basis of his block prints. Reproductions of twelve Rice prints are included in this calendar. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
Laugh your way through the year with the whimsical, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny cartoons from The New Yorker magazine. The Cartoons from The New Yorker 2021 Calendar features the best and funniest cartoons from The New Yorker on topics such as work, family, marriage, entertainment, pets, and more. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
This Moleskine 2021 12-Month Pocket Cadmium Orange Hardcover Weekly Diary shows each week on a two-page spread: a week on the left, and lined pages on the right for additional notes. Features a cardboard cover with rounded edges, 144 ivory-coloured 70gsm acid-free pages, a ribbon bookmark, and an elastic closure. Includes 295 coloured stickers, divided into 3 sheets (1 sheet of alphabet stickers, 2 sheets of icon stickers), an expandable inner pocket, and an 'in case of loss' notice. January 2021 - December 2021. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
Hilarity and mild mischief follow B. Kliban's Cat throughout the year, everywhere from the kitchen sink to the middle of the jungle. With the publication of Cat in 1975, Kliban established himself as one of America's top cartoonists, pioneering a new genre of humor. Kliban's family-friendly single-panel cat cartoons ponder the question: are humans actually very catlike, or are cats really rather human? Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
Stay organized throughout the year with this stylish planner from world-renowned artist, Mary Engelbreit.
The fashionable Posh styling is complemented by features that planner users want:
  • Stylish, sophisticated cover with glitter
  • Lay-flat binding
  • Elastic band
  • Monthly grids for August 2020 through December 2021
  • Weekly planning spreads for 2021
  • Uplifting quotes
  • Space for 2022 planning, names and numbers, and notes
  • Convenient pocket
  • Removable product band
 
A painter’s paradise, Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny were of infinitely variable color and form. Seeking a tranquil place to indulge his twin passions of painting and gardening, the master impressionist had moved to the small Normandy village in 1883. Roughly one hundred years later, photographer and horticultural designer Elizabeth Murray helped restore the gardens. She has returned regularly to photograph their ever-changing beauty. Purchase Your Calendar Here!
 
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Baking Books
by John & Jessica Moody
 
Real life is busy enough without having social media-worthy sourdough on your to-do list. But if your goal is to make simple, nourishing, and delicious whole grain sourdough for your whole family, then DIY Sourdough is your one-stop beginner's guide. Coverage includes:
  • Simple sourdough recipes for breads, snacks, and more
  • The secrets to consistent results
  • Tips and tricks for homemade sourdough, including flour buying, home milling, and sourdough starter
  • Homemade bread scheduling options, including split-day sourdough recipes for making sourdough an easy part of your weekly routine.
DIY Sourdough is your personal guide to getting started with sourdough. It gives you a helping hand to succeed and offers a simple time-saving approach to make nourishing and delicious sourdough that fits into a hectic lifestyle. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Dominique Ansel
 
Dominique Ansel is the creator of beautiful, innovative, and delicious desserts, from the Frozen S'More to the Cronut®, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that took the world by storm. He has been called the world's best pastry chef. But this wasn't always the case. Raised in a large, working-class family in rural France, Ansel could not afford college and instead began work as a baker's apprentice at age sixteen. There, he learned the basics—how to make tender chocolate cakes, silky custards, buttery shortbread, and more. Ansel shares these essential, go-to recipes for the first time. With easy-to-follow instructions and kitchen tips, home cooks can master the building-blocks of desserts. These crucial components can be mixed in a variety of ways, and Ansel will show you how: his vanilla tart shell can be rolled out and stamped into cookies; shaped and filled with lemon curd; or even crumbled into a topping for ice cream. This cookbook will inspire beginners and experienced home cooks alike to bake as imaginatively as Ansel himself. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Maida Heatter
 
Maida Heatter is one of the most trusted and beloved cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, have inspired extraordinary bakers such as Dorie Greenspan, Christina Tosi, and Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman, whose foreword introduces the joy of Maida's cookies to a new generation. Maida knew that cookies are the key to happiness, and she always kept them nearby: a fudgy, minty Palm Beach Brownie in her purse, neatly wrapped in cellophane, a batch of Absolutely-the-Positively-Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the freezer, or a box of delicate brandy snaps ready for an elegant gift. Now, Cookies Are Magic collects nearly 100 of Maida's very best recipes from her legendary 50-year career––her crispiest, crunchiest, and most ooey-gooey cookies, bars, and more. Developed for foolproof baking by anyone, each recipe is written with Maida's warm but no-nonsense instructions and carries her guarantee that it will work perfectly every time. Filled with classic sugar cookies, tart lemon bars, cookie kisses, and chocolate and peanut butter ripples, this is the only cookie book you will ever need. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Bryan Ford
 
Learn how to make a sourdough starter, basic breads, as well as other innovative baked goods from start to finish with Instagram star Bryan Ford's (@artisanbryan) inviting, nontraditional approach to home baking. With less emphasis on perfecting crumb structure or obsessive temperature monitoring, Ford focuses on the tips and techniques he's developed in his own practice, inspired by his Honduran roots and New Orleans upbringing, to ensure your success and a good return on your time and effort. Ford's recipes include step-by-step instructions and photographs of all of the mixing, shaping, and baking techniques you'll need to know, with special attention paid to developing flavor as well as your own instincts. New World Sourdough offers practical, accessible techniques and enticing, creative recipes you'll want to return to again and again. Straightforward and unintimidating, New World Sourdough will get you started with your starter and then inspire you to keep experimenting and expanding your repertoire. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by The Great British Baking Show Team
 
The ultimate cake-baking bible: the first official, Americanized cookbook from The Great British Baking Show. The Big Book of Amazing Cakes brings the magic of The Great British Baking Show to your kitchen with easy-to-follow recipes for every shape, size and delicious flavor of cake you can imagine. Featuring the very best cakes from inside the Baking Show tent, alongside much-loved family favorites, stunning showstoppers and classic bakes, the book is packed with expert advice and helpful tips for decorating. From simple sponges to spectacular celebration cakes, aspiring star bakers will have everything they need to create the perfect bake for any occasion. Includes exclusive recipes by the season 10 bakers, and favorite bakes from contestants across all ten seasons. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Ken Forkish
 
In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere. Whether you're a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints. More than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza, it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread. Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
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Livestream Readings
How to Get Young People Involved in Activism
Sunday, August 16, 5pm
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This virtual book event is a fundraiser for Sister District PDX. Award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch will offer surprising insights from her new book for adults and young adults, You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People, which the New York Times called "fascinating" and Kirkus called "a riveting must-read." In addition to explaining why we'll continue to fail to address challenges we face in this country until we fix our democracy, Rusch will share insights on how to reach and rally young people. Read More here!
This Is My America
Wednesday, August 19, 4pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes debut author and University of Oregon administrator Kim Johnson, who explores timely topics for her new Young Adult book, This Is My America. This event is moderated by Mariann Hyland. The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system. Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time––her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present? Fans of Nic Stone, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Jason Reynolds won't want to miss this provocative and gripping debut. Read More Here!
Poetry Reading
Thursday, August 20, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes local poets Joann Boswell, Christopher Luna, and Rebecca Smolen for a livestream reading from their latest collections. Joann Boswell's Cosmic Pockets traces her personal journey out of evangelical Christianity and into an evolving understanding of faith. In Christopher Luna's Message from the Vessel in a Dream, "the maestro of Ghost Town has created a bustling, radiant and necessary environment." (Dan Raphael). Rebecca Smolen's Womanhood & Other Scars explores what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. The scars of each of our experiences are there to remind us how far we’ve come, and give us the strength to keep rising. Read More Here!
Monday, August 31, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes author Maggie Kast, whose new book is Side by Side But Never Face to Face. Maggie will be in conversation with Rachel Swearingen, author of the forthcoming collection How to Walk on Water and Other Stories. Maggie Kast's Side by Side but Never Face to Face asks, Can new love be found in old age? Greta has been wrenched from a long and tightly-circled marriage to Manfred, an Austrian Holocaust survivor. Together they mourned the accidental death of a daughter and experienced a widening of spiritual horizons as they grieved. Shifting between Chicago, Austria, and rural Wisconsin, the present and decades past, these linked narratives unfold the story of Greta—daughter, wife, mother, widow, survivor, and seeker—with profound insight into the emotional conflicts, spiritual yearnings, and everyday experiences that connect us all. Read More Here!
 
Summer Book Bingo
Summer reading challenge for adults!
Download the Book Bingo form for 2020, fill it out with the great books you read this summer, and turn it in by Labor Day, September 7th. Every entry receives a coupon for 10% off any one book, and if you complete a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line you'll be entered to win a $25 gift card. Go for a blackout (all 25 squares completed) and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift card. Download the Book Bingo form here!
 
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