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|January 2017 Readings, New Mysteries, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest in Mystery, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Also, drop by and see us on First Friday!
January and February Readings at Annie Blooms:
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories
Tuesday, January 10, 7pm
Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone.
Thursday, January 12, 7pm
Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection. Praise for Hermit Thrush: "In these days we can feel orphaned from mother Earth, blocked by digital toys from the old true play of cell and spirit, but by good fortune we have the lens of Amy Minato's poetry to find our way back to right relation. Because her poems are compact and finely tuned, they will fit in your life as jewels of song." -Kim Stafford
Monday, January 16, 7pm
Be-Longing is the fourth anthology by the Woodshop Writers, a group of writers in Portland, Oregon, who study their craft under the guidance of writer and teacher Nancy Woods. In this anthology you will read about home and homelessness, exploration and discovery, identity, growth, change, and understanding of both self and others. Together the pieces describe a wide range of human experience. They underscore how basic and vital a sense of belonging is for everyone, and how many different forms belonging can take.
LeeAnn Elwood McLennan
Tuesday, January 17, 7pm
Portland author McLennan's YA novel Root is the second book in her Dormant Trilogy. It's been four months since Olivia Woodson Brighthall accepted her supernormal heritage. Four months since her cousin Emma went dark side. Four months since Ben was forced into a prison coma. Now Olivia spends her days balancing supernormal life--training, hunting, and improving her fire and ice powers--with normal life--school, family time with Dad, and hiding her secret life from her dwindling group of normal friends. When Portland is flooded with more supernormal beasts than ever before, Olivia and her family are thrust into a fight to keep people safe. A warning from one beast suggests someone is deliberately sending the monsters. But who among the Brighthall's enemies has the power to compel creatures? And then Olivia's visions start.
Closing the Store
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
Oregon author Maren Anderson will read from her novel Closing the Store. Liz didn't mean to start a sex strike... but she'll use it to end a war and win an election. Liz Stratton is running for President of the United States to end the unpopular war in Mesopotamianstan. Everything goes as planned until the first debate when Liz's competitors patronize her. She loses her temper and declares that if every woman in America withheld sex, the war would be over in weeks. So women all over the country actually "close the store." Now what?
Voices in the Stones
Wednesday, January 25, 7pm
Native Americans are lauded for their profound spirituality and deep understanding of the land. Kent Nerburn here draws on his three decades living and working among Native peoples to offer stories and reflections that reveal what the ways of Native Americans have to teach us all about giving, sharing, grieving, and celebrating. Nerburn takes readers inside a Native feast that highlights respect for elders, to a nearly forgotten Nez Perce battlefield, and to both the traditional burial of a young man and the reinterment of the ancient bones of two teen-aged girls. At a dusty roadside cafe he introduces us to an elder who remembers when his ancestors could talk to animals. Whether moving and dramatic, delightfully humorous, or all of the above, these vignettes remind us that as common children of a common land, we have much to learn from each other if only we have the heart to listen.
John Sibley Williams, Annie Lighthart, Jeff Whitney
Thursday, January 26, 7pm
Three Portland poets in one night! Williams's Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into "this amalgam of real / and fabled light," these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness. Lighthart's first collection of poems, Iron String, lives up to the complexities of that sound, that difficult music of living. Written with a mature lyricism, these poems weave the thread of song through destruction and doubt, through quiet rooms and resilient hours. Whitney is the author of The Tree with Lights in It and Note Left Like Silver on the Eyes of the Dead. Along with Philip Schaefer, he co-authored Smoke Tones and Radio Silence.
The Elusive Elixir
Monday, January 30, 7pm
Mystery author Gigi Pandian will be joined by Portland writers Cindy Brown and Lisa Alber. In Pandian's The Elusive Elixir, Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life. Cindy Brown's third Ivy Meadows novel is Oliver Twisted. Lisa Alber's Whispers in the Mist is her second County Clare Mystery.
Tuesday, February 7, 7pm
Local author Brett Webb-Mitchell's Practicing Pilgrimage: On Being and Becoming God's Pilgrim People explores both the theological, cultural, and spiritual roots of Christian pilgrimage, and is a "how-to" book on doing pilgrimage in our suburban backyards, city streets, rural roads, churches, retreat centers, and our everyday life. Brett Webb-Mitchell takes the ancient practice of Christian pilgrimage and applies it to our contemporary lives.
Lives of Museum Junkies
Thursday, February 9, 7pm
Portland author Marilynne Eichinger will read from her book, Lives of Museum Junkies. Peer into the political and educational climate of the 1960s to discover factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers, and National Science Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Their oft humorous stories are revealed with candor and clarity. Responding to the latest research in learning and child development, they created engaging, self-teaching displays that impacted the landscape of 2,900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the U.S.
Wednesday, February 15, 7pm
Portland author Edward Hershey will read from his memoir, The Scorekeeper. Striking out at bat spurred a Brooklyn Little Leaguer to strike out on a path to stadium press boxes, newspaper city rooms, halls of government, and offices in academe. Edward Hershey describes a poignant Jewish-American childhood in America's "borough of dreams," vivid accounts of years as a sportswriter, and the drama of stories he broke on the Attica Prison revolt, the Son of Sam case, and a high-level New York election scam. The Scorekeeper is an irreverent coming-of-age tale, a perceptive take on reporting from the stadium to the statehouse, and an unsparing reflection on an era of urban tension and suburban sprawl, anti-war activism and a war on poverty, rampant crime and imperfect justice, political chicanery and prosecutorial abuse.
R. J. Noonan
Where the Lost Girls Go
Thursday, February 16, 7pm
Portland author R.J. Noonan will be reading from her latest Laura Mori Mystery, Where the Lost Girls Go. When the car of a celebrity author explodes in rural Oregon town Sunrise Lake, everyone assumes that the burned body inside belongs to the author's teenage daughter. When lab reports reveal that the body was actually a teen runaway whose disappearance has been linked with other missing Portland girls, the investigation takes a drastic turn. Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.
Jane Sobel Klonsky
Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love
Monday, February 20, 7pm
Experience the deeper, sweeter love of senior dogs with Unconditional. This captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes is a one-of-a-kind celebration of humans special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs. Since 2012, photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky has traveled the United States with one mission: to capture images and stories that focus on the powerful relationship between dogs in the twilight of their lives and the people they share their life with. A book for any dog lover who appreciates the connection, unconditional love, and bond that can only be provided by a canine companion.
Meet Me at the Bamboo Table
Tuesday, February 21, 7pm
Seattle writer A.V. Crofts will read from Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere. Crofts has spent decades eating (and learning) her way around the world. She's studied in China, taught in Italy, and conducted humanitarian communications trainings in war-torn Sudan. Here, she traces a lifetime of meals across states and continents for the ways that food ties us together. This full-color visual tour-de-force will delight foodies, armchair travelers, and anyone who's ever learned a little something from a special meal. Photos, "sketchnotes," and other ephemera from Crofts's globetrotting coalesce into a truly beautiful meditation on how food nourishes community.
Road to the Sea
Monday, February 27, 7pm
In this poignant story of new found love and love discarded, reminiscent of Graham Greene's novels, local author Tim Schell takes us to Central Africa where a young American, an African prostitute and the seventeen-year-old daughter of American Baptist missionaries are on the run from the police and other threats. The American, Jack Burke, has stabbed to death a Frenchman in the act of raping Mari, the prostitute and Jack's former lover. She is the one arrested, but Jack confesses, then flees because of extreme fear of confinement, the result of childhood trauma. The daughter, Faith, joins their flight in her love for Jack. While the novel dramatizes a suspenseful adventure of danger, escape and death, the intense action engages questions of love, loyalty and belief.
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 soon to browse these and other great January Indie Next picks.
Freebird: A Novel
by Jon Raymond
"This multigenerational story is a road-trip novel, an ecological disaster drama, and a harrowing post-Iraq War PTSD portrait all rolled into one highly readable, gorgeously written book. Raymond tells this story peering over the shoulders of three strong characters, each of whom have to reconcile feelings of love - both romantic and familial - with the brutal realities of life during wartime. Despite its dark turns, Freebird is a book filled with hope for its characters as well as love for the real world it ably attempts to recreate and offer respite from." -John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
by Roxane Gay
"A 'difficult woman' has become shorthand for one who speaks her mind, who questions patriarchal power, and who refuses to be defined by a standard of femininity. The women who populate Gay's story collection are all difficult in their own ways--mothers, sisters, lovers, some married and some single, most of flesh and one of glass--yet they are all searching for understanding, for identity, and for ways to make sense of a sometimes nonsensical, cruel world. Some of Gay's stories are graphic, some are allegorical, and all are important commentaries on what being female looks and feels like in modern America." -Becky Gilmer, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR
Books for Living
by Will Schwalbe
"Anyone can recommend a book, but it's rare that someone can fully articulate its lifelong impact. Schwalbe has the rarest of voices--both intimate and universal--and with deep care and reflection he offers readers the most personal and heartfelt parts of himself in his latest collection. This is not a list of Schwalbe's favorite books, but is instead an explanation of how certain books and authors taught him timeless lessons about our deepest longings. Schwalbe's voice leaps off the page and fills the room as only the liveliest conversations can. I can't stop thinking about this book and want to read every title mentioned, if only to keep the conversation going." -Miriam Landis, Island Books, Mercer Island, WA
History of Wolves
by Emily Fridlund
"A lonely teenager in rural northern Minnesota, Linda is desperate for connection and obsessed with both her enigmatic new neighbors and a classmate entangled in a scandalous relationship with a teacher. Narrating these seemingly disparate story threads is the adult Linda, who may have been villain, victim, or bystander in at least one tragedy. With lyrical prose and precise pacing, debut author Fridlund builds tension and weaves a complex, multilayered morality tale rich in metaphor and symbolism. This haunting, meticulously crafted novel will inspire lengthy rumination on topics ranging from the meaning of the title to the power of belief. Perfect for reading groups!" -Sharon Flesher, Brilliant Books, Traverse City, MI
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
by Bill Beverly
Recommended in hardcover by Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
The Portable Veblen
by Elizabeth McKenzie
Recommended in hardcover by Rico Lange, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Here are some great new books from our Mystery section:
by Tana French
Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. But her death won t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.
Antoinette is being harassed by her fellow detectives, which has turned her paranoid, but she can't tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?
by Lawrence Block
To escape punishment for a murder he didn't mean to commit, insurance man Don Barshter has to take on a new identity: Nathaniel Crowley, ferocious up-and-comer in the New York mob. But can he find safety in the skin of another man...a worse man...a sinner man...? Lawrence Block is one of the most acclaimed and highly decorated living mystery writers, having received multiple Edgar, Shamus Awards and Maltese Falcon Awards, as well as lifetime achievement awards in the U.S., UK, and France.
I Let You Go
by Clare Mackintosh
On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street. I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them.
The Hanging Girl
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Morck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later, he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant Rose more furious than usual. Carl has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious seventeen-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree. The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a strange sun-worshipping cult, where Carl, Assad, Rose, and newcomer Gordon attempt to stop a string of new murders and a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything or anyone get in the way.
The Queen's Accomplice
by Susan Elia MacNeal
England, 1942. The Nazis relentless Blitz may have paused, but London's nightly blackouts continue. Now, under the cover of darkness, a madman is brutally killing and mutilating young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper's crimes. What's more, he's targeting women who are reporting for duty to be Winston Churchill's spies and saboteurs abroad. The officers at MI-5 quickly realize they need the help of special agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed the Blackout Beast. A trap is set. But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate.