December 2018: Gift Ideas, Golden Tickets, The Giving Tree, and Author Readings!

December 2018: Gift Ideas, Golden Tickets, The Giving Tree, and Author Readings!
We have some great gift ideas for you. Also, learn about the Giving Tree Kids Book Drive and Golden Tickets. And check out which authors are reading here in January. But first....
New and Upcoming Releases
These three books are gonna be big! Click on a cover or title to order from our website.
by Anna Burns
Out Now!
The novel that won the 2018 Man Booker Prize is here! In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister's attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.
by Dav Pilkey
Out: December 24th
Is Dog Man bad to the bone? In this sixth book in the Dog Man series, the heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn't commit! While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one?
by Aaron Blabey
Out: December 26th
The Bad Guys have strangely acquired SUPERPOWERS! But their powers might be, well, defective. They can only do things like blow their own pants off in public. Not exactly what you'd call hero-caliber skills. Defective or not, the Bad Guys have a job to do. With Dr. Marmalade ready to destroy the world, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, and Mr. Shark finally have their chance to be (super)heroes! And this time, they may just get some help...
Golden Tickets
Multnomah Village's annual shop local campaign is in full swing! Bring in a Golden Ticket from any other business and receive 10% off one item. If you spend $20 or more at Annie Bloom's, we'll give you a Golden Ticket to redeem elsewhere. Good through the end of 2018!
Giving Tree Kids Book Drive
Annie Bloom's Books is hosting its annual Giving Tree book drive this holiday season for children served by several local non-profit organizations:
(Start Making a Reader Today) 
You are invited to stop by the store to make a donation today. There are three ways you can contribute:
  • Purchase and donate a book at a 10% discount.
  • Make a cash donation. A donation of $5.00 helps buy one book for a participating child.
  • Donate your Reader Rewards coupon.
The PNBA Holiday Catalog
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday Catalog is here! Look for it in recent issues of The Oregonian and Southwest Community Connection, and in person at Annie Bloom's. The catalog is full of great gift-giving selections for all. Come in to browse the books at the front of the store. Below are a few of the highlights:
by Louise Penny
A peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, and the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
by David Grann
Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton and was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley. In 2015, at age 55, Henry Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.
by Tommy Orange
This debut novel is the story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians who converge and collide on one fateful day. As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it's destined to be a classic.
by Hiro Arikawa
With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. With his crooked tail--a sign of good fortune--and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.
by Markus Zusak
The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome? Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak.
by Shannon Messenger
Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie's far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight. Unfortunately, battle training can't help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.
by Frida Clements
Shark! Who goes there? In this all-new collection of vibrantly illustrated wordplay from artist Frida Clements, lovely flora and fauna drawings meet funny hand-lettered sayings and offer fresh ways to have a little pun. With everything from cheep thrills to currant obsessions, this book is the perfect way to stay best fronds forever with pun-lovers looking to espresso themselves. Yeah, buoy! You go, grill! Each turn of the page is sure to bring out a giggle, or perhaps a groan, so get kraken and check it out.
Author Readings in January
Food and Nutrition: What Everyone Needs to Know
Tuesday, January 8, 7pm
Harvard- and Columbia-trained nutrition scientist Dr. P.K. Newby examines 134 stand-alone questions addressing "need to know" topics, including how what we eat affects our health and environment, from farm to fork, and why, when it comes to diet, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts--and one size doesn't fit all. At the same time, Newby debunks popular myths and food folklore, encouraging readers to "learn, unlearn, and relearn" the fundamentals of nutrition at the heart of a health-giving diet. Her passion for all things food shines through, as does her love of the power of science, technology, and engineering to help create healthier diets for ourselves, and a more sustainable future for the planet we share.
Malheur August
Thursday, January 10, 7pm
In the local author's novel, Jean Algood, home from college, spends the summer of 1971 questioning her parents' friends and neighbors about a photograph she finds in the ramshackle hut of the town's recently deceased "old hermit." Why did he keep a Kodak image of Jean's father, Clete, in an empty coffee can in his filthy shack? Who was the beautiful girl standing next to Clete in the photo, the one with the too-familiar eyes? This is not a bildungsroman, and it's not a murder mystery; it's a recovery tale, beautifully fragmented and waiting to be stitched back together into the crazy quilt which was "this American life" 50 or 75 years ago.
Portland Poets
Tuesday, January 15, 7pm
Two-thirds of Nightfall, Bill Siverly's sixth book of poetry, includes poems set in the Pacific Northwest--some from Idaho, where Bill grew up, and some from Oregon, where he currently lives. The remaining third consists of poems set in the German city of Görlitz and its environs, which extend into Poland. The poems' themes of personal aging reflect the decline of the American Empire and climate change. Yet, in the midst of such sober themes, the poems find hope in the poet's garden, engaging with family, and learning to dwell on the earth. About Barbara Drake's The Road to Lilac Hill, Oregon author Molly Gloss writes: "In these poems it's as if we are sitting across the kitchen table from a dear friend, a friend who is funny and kind, who can always find the magic in the commonplace."
Love Is Deeper Than Distance
Thursday, January 17, 7pm
In the local poet's new collection, she offers what we didn't know we needed: a proposal in the dark, a squad car filled with lilacs, tears saved for the right time, toast and honey. The world of illness and dying is demanding and complex. Peg documents the love of her life, her husband Fred: his diagnosis with frontal temporal lobe dementia and ALS, the loneliness of missing him before he was gone, worry for their daughter, and grieving in all its dimensions and untimeliness. Fred died at home, shortly after he turned sixty-seven. In writing, Peg uncovered tender truths, unlikely humor, the faithful awareness of deep-hearted love in an unpredictable world. And hope for the future.
Jail Blazers
Wednesday, January 23, 7pm
In the late '90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what they did on the court. 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. This, many have mentioned, included a very racial element--which carried over to the players as well. 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.
Portland authors on Montag Press
Monday, January 28, 7pm
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 aimlessly drifts around 1990s Boston. An accidental phone call to mysterious senior citizen George Thurman hurls Shane into a sprawling, phantasmagorical journey that he never intended to take. Trevor Richardson presents his novel Dystopia Boy. One day a young man named Joe Blake looks back through his monitor, locks eyes with an aging US government 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? Jason Rizos presents his most recent novel, Prom Night on the River of Death. When Chester and Leopold kidnap the captain of the Cheerleading team and hold her for ransom, everything goes awry.
The Alehouse at the End of the World
Thursday, January 31, 7pm
The local author will read from his debut novel. When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved's demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. This is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a fertility goddess, drunken revelry, bio-dynamic gardening, and a narcissistic, bullying crow, who may have colluded with a foreign power. A raucous, aw-aw-aw-awe-inspiring romp, Stevan Allred's second book is a juicy fable for adults, and a hopeful tale for out troubled times.