June 2015 Readings, History, First Friday, and More!

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Dads & Grads
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in History

First Friday

June 5 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:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

plus a mug featuring the classic hardback cover art! 


And our kids prize is:

Sheep Go to Sleep 

by Nancy Shaw

plus a plush sheep stuffed animal!

Gifts for Dads & Grads 

Father's Day & Graduation Gifts


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


The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families 

by Kevin Cook


So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead 

by David Browne


Inventions That Didn't Change the World 

by Julie Halls


Way More Than Luck: Commencement Speeches 



The World Beyond Your Head 

by Matthew B. Crawford

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June 2015 Readings, History, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great readings coming up! Plus, gather ideas for Father's Day and Graduation gifts. Also, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving, read what's new in History, and drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
Readings for June & July

Steven Blair Wheeler
Behind Enemy Lines
Thursday, June 4, 7pm

Behind Enemy Lines is the second novel in Portland author Steven Wheeler's World War II trilogy. In the first entry, Fight to Survive, First Lieutenant Arthur Hill begins to gather survivors intending to hold out in the Belgian forest. Meanwhile, German SS Colonel Karl Grabner and his security battalion moves into a village near the woods. Behind Enemy Lines continues the story of Arthur forming a unit of men who refused to surrender. Grabner knows Germany cannot win the war, and he is determined to die in battle. He comes to see the Americans operating in the woods as his last chance to do so.

Kirsten and Christopher Stuckey
Fermented Veggies
Monday, June 8, 7pm

What you can do with a jar, a bit of salt, and a sense of adventure? Become a culinary artist, or if you prefer a mad scientist, of vegetable fermentation. The Shockeys will demonstrate how to create delicious nutrient dense fermented vegetables. This demonstration will focus on simple vegetable fermentation techniques beyond cabbage. Learn how to turn great fresh vegetables into fermented relishes, salsas and concentrated herb pastes.

Mandy Levy
Calorie Accounting
Tuesday, June 9, 7pm

Calorie Accounting is a fun and funny, cool and creative, visual and vibrant lifestyle how-to that delivers the skinny on the arithmetic of weight loss. Typically, there's nothing less enjoyable than being fat and preferring not to be, but Calorie Accounting finally allows us to cut the crap and face this thing head on--with jokes, puns, humiliating photos, and self-deprecation. Because after all, in the all-too-heavy world of health and fitness, can't we afford to lighten up a bit?

Kathleen Cremonesi
Love in the Elephant Tent
Tuesday, June 16, 7pm

"If you live life without a net, what happens when you fall?" Kathleen Cremonesi knew early on she wanted to be different. Determined to avoid following in her mother's footsteps to an ill-fated marriage, Kathleen left Oregon in her early 20s to travel across Europe. On a whim, this former administrative assistant with wanderlust took a job as a dancer in an Italian circus and, working her way up, became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl. Kathleen bonds with the exotic animals that could strike and kill at any moment, but instead bring her a peace she has never known. And when she stumbles into the arms of Stefano, the sexy elephant keeper, she finds a man who understands her wild spirit.

Lois Leveen
Juliet's Nurse
Thursday, June 18, 7pm

The Portland author joins us for the paperback release of her novel Juliet's Nurse. In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the family's darkest secrets. Those secrets--and the nurse's deep personal grief--erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family.

Sarai Walker (with Robin Romm)
Wednesday, June 24, 7pm

Walker will discuss her novel with Portland writer Romm. Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin. Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. As Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Stephanie Kallos
Language Arts
Tuesday, June 30, 7pm

The new novel from the author of Broken for You spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love, loss, and handwriting. High school English teacher Charles Marlow is at the end of a road he's traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun, and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life. Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you're still searching for.

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.

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."
June 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 June. 

Our Souls at Night
by Kent Haruf

Mark at Powell's Books writes: "In his final novel, Haruf once again casts an aura of spiritual resonance over the small town of Holt, Colorado. When an elderly woman proposes to her equally old male neighbor that they spend their nights together in conversation, chastely, yet sharing her bed in slumber, the talk among townsfolk begins to stir. Haruf extends a wise and compassionate resolution to this story, the quintessence of his life's work."

by Neil Stephenson

Emily at Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, WA, writes: "In this exciting and cerebral epic spanning 5,000 years, Stephenson explores the effects of a devastating catastrophe on the course of humanity. I was completely consumed by this book, terrified and awed by Stephenson's vision of our future. This is essential science fiction."

Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs
by Sally Mann

Pamela at Excelsior Bay Books in Excelsior, MN, writes: "Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Mann's no-holds-barred memoir is absolutely stunning in its honesty. Filled with a multitude of fascinating characters and enhanced with a wealth of photographs, Hold Still promises to be a major sensation. Hold onto your hats--this is a page-turner!"

The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Vladimir at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, WA, writes: "This book moves like a high-octane thriller but includes a wealth of warnings about where America and the world at large may be headed: a dark future where the brutal reality of everyday survival makes people, corporations, and governments do terrible things. The Water Knife may turn out to be 2015's most talked about book."

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

The Miniaturist
by Jessie Burton

Recommended in hardcover by Carol at The Bookshelf in Truckee, CA.

In the Kingdom of Ice
by Hampton Sides

Recommended in hardcover by Michael at University Book Store in Seattle. 

New in History 

Here are some of the latest titles on History:

The Quartet
by Joseph J. Ellis
This is the gripping and dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement.

Capital Dames
by Cokie Roberts
The author turns her attention to the Civil War in a riveting exploration of the ways in which the conflict transformed not only the lives of women in Washington, D.C., but also the city itself. Examining newspaper articles, government records, and private letters and diaries many never before published, Roberts brings the war-torn capital into focus through the lives of formidable ladies like Sara Agnes Pryor and Elizabeth Blair Lee. Her engrossing, well-researched narrative is an inspiring work about increasing independence and political empowerment, honoring the indispensable role of Washington, D.C.'s women in strengthening the city while keeping the lines of communication open with their Southern sisters, and in facilitating healing once the fighting was done.

Swansong 1945
by Walter Kempowski
The author chronicles the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe through hundreds of letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts covering four days that fateful spring. We encounter vivid, first-person accounts of civilians fleeing Berlin, ordinary German soldiers determined to fight to the bitter end, American POWs dreaming of home, concentration-camp survivors first descriptions of their horrific experiences, as well as the intimate thoughts of figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler himself.

Fall of the Ottomans
by Eugene Rogan
Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate aftermath in the Middle East to vivid life, uncovering the often ignored story of the region's crucial role in the conflict. Bolstered by German money, arms, and military advisors, the Ottomans took on the Russian, British, and French forces, and tried to provoke Jihad against the Allies in their Muslim colonies. The great cities of Baghdad, Jerusalem, and, finally, Damascus fell to invading armies before the Ottomans agreed to an armistice in 1918. The postwar settlement led to the partition of Ottoman lands between the victorious powers, and laid the groundwork for the ongoing conflicts that continue to plague the modern Arab world.