January 2015 Readings, First Friday, and More!

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Thank You
January Readings
New Mysteries

First Friday

January 2 is First Friday!


The holidays are over, but the festive mood prevails at First Friday in Multnomah Village.


For 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 

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January 2015 Readings, First Friday, and More!

We're 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! 
Upcoming Readings
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 known.

Deborah Lincoln presents Agnes Canon's War
Tuesday, January 13, 7pm

Agnes 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

Like 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

Over 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

Marilyn 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 scared heart."
January Indie Next List 
Every 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 January.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
by Christopher Scotton

Catherine 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

Letizia 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:

Unremarried Widow
by Artis Henderson

Recommended in hardcover by Kathy at The King's English in Salt lake City, UT

The Accident
by Chris Pavone

Recommended in hardcover by Hannah at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI 

New Mysteries

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.