January 2 is First Friday!
The holidays are over, but the festive mood prevails at First Friday in Multnomah Village.
your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. 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:
Who Am I Today?
by Jeffrey Shaffer
The kids prize this month is:
Blue on Blue
by Dianne White & Beth Krommes
We deeply appreciate your love of
books, your support of local businesses, and the wonderful energy you
brought to Annie Bloom's during the holiday season.
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015. Happy New Year!
January 2015 Readings, First Friday, and More!
kicking off the new year with some great readings. Plus, find out which
new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read
about the latest Mysteries. Drop by and see us on First Friday!
January Readings at Annie Blooms:
Oregon Young Adult Authors Kate Scott & Francesca Varela
Monday, January 12, 7pm
In Scott's The Evolution of Emily,
Emily Charles knows how to run away. Away from her overprotective,
agoraphobic mother. Away from her biology-obsessed, autistic sister.
Away from her quiet sheltered claustrophobic homeschooled life. When
Emily's escape plan involves starting her junior year at Kennedy High
School, she realizes she's no longer running away. Now she's running
towards. In Varela's Call of the Sun Child,
Sempra has lived all of her sixteen years in an enclosed dome called the
Circadia Stable Living Facility. After the sun grew in intensity,
causing society to become nocturnal, it was the only safe place to go.
But Sempra is curious. Beyond those walls, what is there to see? When
she and her childhood friend, Alden, discover a forbidden book, she
begins to question the facility, and, with it, everything she has ever
Deborah Lincoln presents Agnes Canon's War
Tuesday, January 13, 7pm
Canon is tired of being a spectator in life, a small-town schoolmarm
and an invisible daughter among seven sisters, meat for the marriage
market. This is a story of a woman's quest for freedom, both social and
intellectual, and her education on the journey to freedom. And to her
surprise, she discovers it can be found within a marriage, a
relationship between a man and a woman who are equals in everything that
matters. It's also the story of Jabez Robinson, a man who has traveled
across the continent and seen the beauty of the country and the
ghastliness of war, as he watches his nation barrel toward disaster.
This eloquent work of historical fiction chronicles the building of a
marriage against the background of a civilization growing--and dying--in
the run-up to civil war.
William Stafford Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, January 21, 7pm
Susan McKee Reese, Friends of William Stafford
Board member, will host an evening of readings to honor the former
Oregon Poet Laureate's birthday. Featured readers will be Susan
DeFreitas, Barbara Drake, Lisa Galloway, Tom Hogan, Sulima Malzin and
Shelley Reece. All in attendance are invited to share a favorite Stafford poem with the group, please. Birthday cake will be served!
Cindy Brown presents Macdeath
at O'Connor's "The Vault"
Thursday, January 22, 7pm
every actor, Ivy Meadows knows that Macbeth is cursed. But she's
finally scored her big break, cast as an acrobatic witch in a
circus-themed production of Macbeth in Phoenix, Arizona. And though it
may not be Broadway, nothing can dampen her enthusiasm--not her flying
cauldron, too-tight leotard, or carrot-wielding dictator of a director.
But when one of the cast dies on opening night, Ivy is sure the seeming
accident is "murder most foul" and that she's the perfect person to
solve the crime (after all, she does work part-time in her uncle's
detective agency). Undeterred by a poisoned Big Gulp, the threat of
being blackballed, and the suddenly too-real curse, Ivy pursues the
truth at the risk of her hard-won career--and her life.
Luna Jaffe presents Wild Money
Monday, January 26, 7pm
the past ten years I have developed an innovative financial planning
process that elegantly combines creativity and psychology, right brain
and left brain, body and soul. I want to know what you feel about
money, what experiences you've had with investing, what your fears are,
what you strive for. Your values matter. Your dreams count. Your
voice will be heard. I particularly love to work with women who find
themselves with "sudden money"--an inheritance, divorce settlement,
company buyout, business sale. There is emotional complexity when
large sums of money come into your life, and taking the time to
understand and prepare for the changes that will occur often results in
feeling more secure, confident and financially savvy. My life's work is
to inspire you to transform your relationship with money, build your
net worth and feel confident being at the helm of your financial ship.
Marilyn Sewell presents Raw Faith
Thursday, January 29, 7pm
writes about a universal longing--the longing for love and acceptance,
the longing for home. The origin of her own angst is mother loss.
Marilyn loses her mother at age 9 when her father snatches her and takes
her to live with his parents in a small town in North Louisiana. She
doesn't get reacquainted with her mother until she is 33, when her
mother is dying of cancer. Having grown up with no real home, she looks
for home in the arms of men, in schools and churches, and in marriage.
These places serve as a temporary refuge, but for the most part, home
eludes her. She is sustained throughout her journey by her faith and her
understanding that she is held by something larger than herself. Her
wandering teaches her at last that home is not a place, not even with
people she loves and who love her, but is rather a condition of the
spirit. Home is always available, as she puts it, "if I can quiet my
January 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
the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
by Christopher Scotton
from Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City, UT, writes: "Struggling to
recover from the trauma of his baby brother's tragic death, Kevin and
his broken mother return to the Appalachian town in which their family
is already deeply rooted. Poverty, a mountaintop removal operation, and
desperation are tearing their town and the land around it apart.
Scotton's finely wrought characters, perfectly paced plot, and keen
sense of place make this novel resonate with the reader long after the
book has been finished."
The Rosie Effect
by Graeme Simsion
Katie at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA, writes: "If you loved The Rosie Project,
you'll love knowing what happens next to Don and his new wife, Rosie.
This book is as warm as the original and as full of Don't humorous--and
cringe-worthy--misunderstandings of social behavior."
The First Bad Man
by Miranda July
at University Book Store in Seattle, WA, writes: "Miranda July does not
coddle readers. Her protagonist, Cheryl Glickman, allows us to
understand the flawed characters of her world--herself included--and to
see past the grotesque. Cheryl's quirkiness and July's mastery of inner
dialogue keep readers entranced and perhaps make them a bit more human
as a result of the experience."
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
by Artis Henderson
Recommended in hardcover by Kathy at The King's English in Salt lake City, UT
by Chris Pavone
Recommended in hardcover by Hannah at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI
Here are some of the best Mystery titles from late 2014:
Wait for Signs
by Craig Johnson
Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, "Old Indian
Trick." This was one of the earliest appearances of sheriff Walt
Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson
sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt's life that
doesn't appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they
can't buy the stories in book form. Wait for Signs collects
those beloved stories--and one entirely new story, "Petunia, Bandit
Queen of the Bighorns"--for the very first time in a single volume.
The Marco Effect
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen
and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola forces the
children of his gypsy clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When
Marco discovers a dead body--proving the true extent of Zola's
criminal activities--he goes on the run. Meanwhile, the last thing
Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to
pick up a missing persons case on a whim. But when they learn that a
mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as
he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and
save the boy.
The Way of All Fish
by Martha Grimes
Writer Cindy Sella is having trouble with her new novel. Aside from her
paralyzing writer's block, she's faced with a lawsuit from her
ex-agent, L. Bass Hess. Hess will stop at nothing to collect a
commission from Cindy on her previous novel, which he did not represent
since she had fired him long before it was published. Hitmen Candy and
Karl--first introduced in Foul Matter--are asked to "get rid"
of L. Bass Hess. They join forces with a publishing mogul, a
bestselling author, an out-of-work Vegas magician, an alligator
wrangler, a glamorous Malaysian con lady, and Hess's aunt in the
Everglades who has undergone a wildly successful sex change, and concoct
a plan to save Cindy Sella from the odious machinations of Hess by
driving him (slowly, hilariously) crazy.
This Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash
After their mother unexpectedly dies, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby
and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, aren't expecting to see their errant
father, Wade, ever again. But the ex-minor league baseball player
who's been gone for years has suddenly appeared at their foster home to
steal them away in the middle of the night. Brady Weller, the girls'
court-appointed guardian, begins looking for them, and quickly turns up
unsettling information linking their father to a multimillion-dollar
robbery. But Brady isn't the only hunter on the trail. Robert Pruitt, a
mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is determined to find Wade
and claim his due.
The Deliverance of Evil
by Roberto Constantini
The night before Italy is to play in the 1982 World Cup, eighteen
year-old Elisa Sordi vanishes. After the young, hedonistic post-Fascist
officer Michele Balistreri fails to solve the case, he spirals into
drinking and depression. Twenty-four years later, Sordi's mother
apparently commits suicide, and then a slew of female corpses begin to
turn up, all with a letter of the alphabet carved into their bodies.
Balistreri realizes that the case that has haunted him all those years
may be heating up again. With a new-found sense of purpose, he charges
into his work: the opportunity to redeem the darkest part of his past.