July 2015 Readings, "Bad News Beach," Mystery, and More!

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First Friday
Bad News Beach
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Mystery

First Friday

July 3 is First Friday!


Come visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.


For your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our monthly drawing. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!  


One lucky adult will win:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up 

by Marie Kondo 


And our teen read prize is:


by David Arnold 

Bad News Beach  

We're offering a new slant on the old idea of beach reads.


Browse our latest Theme Section at the front of the store for these and other books: 

Dead Wake 

by Erik Larson 


Moby Dick 

by Herman Melville


Summer House with Swimming Pool 

by Herman Koch 



by Lynne Matson


I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 

by Lauren Tarshis 

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July 2015 Readings, "Bad News Beach," Mystery, and More!
We've got some great readings coming up! Plus, discover some "bad news" beach reads, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving, check out what's new in Mystery, and drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
Readings for July

Robin McLean and Polly Dugan
Monday, July 6, 7pm

Robin McLean's award-winning debut short story collection, Reptile House, is inhabited by killers and thieves, astronauts, moose hunters and country club ladies, all seeking some way out, some new door to imagined happiness. What consequences must we face for hope and fantasy? Portland author Polly Dugan's novel, The Sweetheart Deal, is the poignant story of what happens when a woman who thinks she's lost everything has the chance to love again.

Basketball Books
Chris Leslie-Hynan & Scott Ellsworth
Wednesday, July 8, 7pm

Portland author Chris Leslie-Hynan's novel Ride Around Shining is the story of an aimless white guy who lies his way into the world of black basketball players, bathing in their reflected glory until his adoration turns to envy and destruction. Scott Ellsworth is a Reed College graduate and former book reviewer for The Oregonian. The Secret Game is the true story of a 1943 game between Duke University and the North Carolina College for Negroes, and how a handful of forgotten college basketball players not only changed the game forever, but also helped to usher in a new America.

Kate Carroll de Gutes
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Tuesday, July 14, 7pm

Multnomah Arts Center instructor Kate Carroll de Gutes presents her debut essay collection. On the surface, this book considers her sexuality, gender presentation, and the end of her marriage. But, as editor Judith Kitchen says, "peel it back, begin to take it apart, both semantically and linguistically and personally, and it all comes clear." These essays are about issues we all face: growing up, identity, love, loss, and sometimes, the quest for the perfect fashion accessory. With wit matched by self-compassion and empathy, the essays offer a lesson on the inevitable journey back to the places where we begin.

Liz Prato with Stevan Allred & Joanna Rose
Baby's on Fire
Wednesday, July 29, 7pm

Multnomah Village's own Liz Prato presents her debut short story collection, Baby's on Fire. She'll be joined in conversation by her former writing instructors, Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose, of The Pinewood Table writing workshop. Stevan is the author of the story collection A Simplified Map of the Real World, published by Portland's own Forest Avenue Press. Joanna is the author of the novel Little Miss Strange. Here's what Aimee Bender said about Baby's on Fire: "Reading this book felt like talking to a good friend with good music on in the background. Liz Prato's stories are great fun to read, and funny, and warm as can be, so even when they are painful and sad, they still genuinely welcome a reader."
July 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 July. 

The Oregon Trail
by Rinker Buck

Dick at Oblong Books in Millerton, NY, writes: "Buck weaves fact, action, and reflection together into a page-turning delight that history buffs and fans of contemporary nonfiction will not want to miss."

The Little Paris Bookshop
by Nina George

Pamela at Excelsior Bay Books in Excelsior, MN, writes: "When grieving bookstore owner Jean Perdu's life collides with a reluctant celebrity author, a chef, a neighbor with her own lovelorn past, and an unopened letter, he finds himself on a journey to reawaken his life before it is too late."

Pirate Hunters
by Robert Kurson

Sara at Hudson Booksllers in Marietta, GA, writes: "Kurson follows a team of treasure hunters on their quest for the ultimate bounty of the oceans--a sunken pirate ship from the Golden Age of Piracy. Pirate Hunters reminds us that the daring and romance of piracy's heroes was good cause to inspire centuries of boyhood daydreams, which are still alive and well today."

Language Arts
by Stephanie Kallos

Rachel at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, writes: "This is the story of a marriage, of a father and his son, and of how a man's childhood shapes his life. Readers will be absorbed, challenged, puzzled, and ultimately satisfied by this wise and soulful book."

Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback: 

How to Build a Girl
by Caitlin Moran

Recommended in hardcover by Amanda at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL.

The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber

Recommended in hardcover by Susan at Market Block Books in Troy, NY. 

New in Mystery 

Here are some of the latest Mystery titles:

Agatha Christie: The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah
Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. Though terrified, she begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a London Hotel have been murdered, and a monogrammed cufflink has been placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim.

Falling in Love
by Donna Leon
Years after Commissario Guido Brunetti cleared her name, soprano Flavia Petrellithen has returned to Venice and La Fenice to sing the lead in "Tosca." Flavia confesses her alarm at a fan's excessive displays of adoration. And when a talented young Venetian singer who has caught Flavia's attention is savagely attacked, Brunetti begins to think that Flavia's fears are justified in ways neither of them imagined. He must enter in the psyche of an obsessive fan before Flavia, or anyone else, comes to harm.

The Reluctant Matador
by Mark Pryor
A nineteen-year-old aspiring model has disappeared in Paris. Her father, Bart Denum, turns to his old friend Hugo Marston for help. With his friend and former CIA agent, Tom Green, Marston heads for Barcelona. The two sleuths identify the man last seen with the girl, break into his house, and encounter a shocking scene: Bart Denum, standing over the dead and battered body of their mysterious stranger. Though Bart protests his innocence, under the damning circumstances, Spanish authorities arrest him for murder. The two American investigators are faced with their biggest challenge ever: find the real killer, prove Bart's innocence, and locate his missing daughter without getting killed along the way.

The Wrong Men
by Kate White
Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan's boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn't be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction. But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn't recognize the man standing on the other side of the door. Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she's been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined.