|June 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:
And our kids prize is a signed, numbered edition of:
by Kate DiCamillo
|June 2016 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!
Authors Coming in June & July
Walking With Ramona
Tuesday, June 7, 7pm
Walking with Ramona
explores the streets, schools, characters, and neighborhoods of author Beverly Cleary's Portland. With this newest and most unusual Portland guidebook, readers can walk the very sidewalks Beverly walked and climb the very school steps that Beverly climbed. Beverly Cleary's Portland was much different than the Portlandia of today. Walking with Ramona
brings to life what that 1920s and 1930s Portland was like for the girl from Yamhill who went on to become an internationally beloved author. Characters like Ramona and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen and Austine come to life on this hour-long walking route through the Northeast Portland neighborhood where Beverly grew up.
The Mercy Journals
Tuesday, June 14, 7pm
This novel is set thirty years in the future, in the wake of a third world war. Runaway effects of climate change have triggered the collapse of nation/states and wiped out over a third of the global population. One of the survivors, a former soldier nicknamed Mercy, suffers from PTSD and is haunted by guilt and lingering memories of his family. His pain is eased when he meets a dancer named Ruby, a performer who breathes new life into his carefully constructed existence. But when his long-lost brother Leo arrives with news that Mercy's children have been spotted, the two brothers travel into the wilderness to look for them, only to find that the line between truth and lies is trespassed, challenging Mercy's own moral code about the things that matter amid the wreckage of war and tragedy.
The Mountain Man's Dog
Thursday, June 16, 7pm
In the small town of Clarkesville, in the heart of the Oregon Cascade Mountains, humble forester Lehigh Carter stumbles into the complex world of crooked cops and power-hungry politicians... all because he rescues a stray, injured dog on the highway. The Mountain Man's Dog
is a briskly told crime thriller loaded with equal parts suspense, romance, and lighthearted humor, pitting honor and loyalty against ruthless ambition and runaway greed in a town too small for anyone to get away with anything.
Thursday, June 23, 7pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's
When Ivy Meadows lands a gig with the book-themed cruise line Get Lit!, she thinks she's died and gone to Broadway. Not only has she snagged a starring role in a musical production of Oliver Twist, she's making bank helping her PI uncle investigate a string of onboard thefts, all while sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. David Copperfield. But Ivy is cruising for disaster. Her acting contract somehow skipped the part about aerial dancing forty feet above the stage, her uncle Bob is seriously sidetracked by a suspicious blonde, and-oh yeah-there's a corpse in her closet.
Ellen Jackson & Trudy Toliver
Portland Farmer's Market Cookbook
Wednesday, June 29, 7pm
The Portland Farmers Market is a year-round farmers market consistently named among North America's Top Ten. This cookbook is a tribute to the farmers, chefs and shoppers, who embrace their world-class market like no other. With 100 seasonally organized recipes for every meal of the day, stories of the market's farmers and producers, shopping and cooking tips, and glorious color photography, the Portland Farmers Market Cookbook
is a celebration of a place and its people, who are proud to share their bounty with the Portland community and beyond.
Always Too Much and Never Enough
Wednesday, July 6, 7pm
From the extra pounds and unrelenting bullies that left her eating lunch alone in a bathroom stall at school to the low self-esteem that left her both physically and emotionally vulnerable to abuse, Jasmin Singer's struggle with weight defined her life. By committing to monthly juice fasts and a diet of whole, unprocessed foods, she lost almost a hundred pounds, gained an understanding of her destructive relationship with food, and finally realized what it means to be truly full. Told with humble humor and heartbreaking honesty, this memoir is Jasmin's story of how she went from finding solace in a box of cheese crackers to finding peace within herself.
The Art of Money
Tuesday, July 26, 7pm
Everyone has pain and challenges, strengths and dreams about money, and many of us mix profound shame into that relationship. In The Art of Money
, Bari Tessler offers an integrative approach that creates the real possibility of "money healing," using our relationship with money as a gateway to self awareness and a training ground for compassion, confidence, and self worth. Tessler's gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty gritty money practices that will help anyone transform their relationship with money and, in so doing, transform their life. As Bari writes, "When we dare to speak the truth about money, amazing healing begins."
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
Thursday, July 28, 7pm
In the highly personal tradition of Jenny Offill and Elena Ferrante, Sweany's novel is loosely based on his tragicomedic teenage life growing up in Indiana and his later years working in the New York publishing industry. Hunter S. Thompson biographer William McKeen called it, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
meets Leave It to Beaver." And bestselling author Frank Bill adds: "In the vein of David Sedaris or Chuck Palahniuk, Brian Sweany has written a tight satirical story that has you bent over with laughter one moment, then wiping away the tears the next minute."
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.
by Noah Hawley
Geoffrey Jennings at Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS, writes: "When a private plane plunges into the ocean off Martha's Vineyard, the media and the government want answers. The two survivors--a middle-aged artist along for the ride and the four-year-old son of a prominent and powerful family--have little to say. Before the Fall takes the reader on a thrilling ride through the past lives of the other passengers and the aftermath of the crash. As the deepest secrets of the wealthy and those who surround them surface, no one is safe. A brilliant and relentless thriller."
by Emma Straub
Alexis Jason-Mathews at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington, DC, writes: "Set in trendy Brooklyn, Straub's latest novel follows the lives of former bandmates Zoe, Elizabeth, and Andrew and their teenage children, Ruby and Harry. When Ruby and Harry begin a relationship, their parents are forced to face and reveal long-buried tensions and secrets. Straub's spot-on depictions of middle-age suburban life and teenage angst are alternatively searing and hilarious. This book is the ultimate literary beach read!"
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
by Neil Gaiman
Serena Longo at Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA writes: "I must be one of the few people to love Neil Gaiman most for his nonfiction. Over the years, I've scoured the shelves and online for his speeches, his introductions, his forewords, even his tweets and blog posts, so this book is a thing of wonder. Filled to bursting with his humor, wisdom, and hope, all articulated in the thoughtful, generous prose we know and love, The View From the Cheap Seats will keep you company, give you solace, and help you think deeper, smile harder, and breathe easier."
by Dan Vyleta
Luisa Smith at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA writes:
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
"Imagine a world where every dark thought you possessed was revealed by a wisp of smoke. And what if a portion of society could hide their darkness, while others were forever stained by their sins? Set in an alternative England, this tale reveals what really lies behind this sinful soot through the eyes of three teenagers who begin to question all they have been told. Smoke is a brilliant combination of fantasy and historical fiction, where layers of mystery and glimmers of truth will keep readers feverishly turning pages until the very end."
Did You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg
Recommended in hardcover by Jenny Lyons at The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT
by Neal Stephenson
Recommended in hardcover by Emily Ring at Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA
New in History
Here are some of the latest titles on History:
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The Romanovs
brings these monarchs male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and murder, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914 and 1917, that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.
The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats
by William Geroux
This book chronicles one of the of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and one community's monumental contribution to that effort. From the late 1930s to 1945, virtually all the fuel, food, and munitions that sustained the Allies in Europe traveled not via the Navy but in merchant ships. The Merchant Marines of Mathews County, Virginia, fought to survive torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, shark attacks, mine blasts, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys only to ship out again on the next boat as soon as they'd returned to safety. Here, finally, is the heroic story of those merchant seamen, recast as the human story of the men from Mathews.
Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
by T. J. Stiles
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, this biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person: capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military. This book casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood.
The Immortal Irishman
by Timothy Egan
The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man: Thomas Francis Meagher. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York the revolutionary hero, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. Meagher's rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War: Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. The hero's last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.