|June 2 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:
by Laurie Berkner
|June 2017 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!
Readings at Annie Blooms:
Penelope Scambly Schott and Sage Cohen
Honest Writing about Tough Personal Stuff
Wednesday, May 31, 7pm
Schott's Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic is an intimate, intense, and, yes, courageous exploration of a common story, conflict between mother and adult daughter. In this version, the mother's attempt to help the newly-divorced daughter is definitely not a success. We get the mother's story in poetry--well-meaning love and terrible anger--and then the daughter's honest essay in response. In Cohen's Fierce on the Page, you have everything you need to do the writing you are meant to do. And yet the path to success can be difficult to find and follow. Cohen believes that ferocity is your best compass for finding your true way forward. In this collection of contemplative and inspiring essays, you'll unlock the secrets to naming your deepest desires, eliminating the challenges that hold you back, and committing to your practice.
Blood for Wine
Wednesday, June 14, 7pm
In the latest Cal Claxton mystery, Cal's neighbor, Jim Kavanaugh, the owner and gifted vintner of an up-and-coming winery, is accused of murdering his wife. When a blackmail plot is hatched against the owner of adjacent land, it begins to look like a brutal game of real-life Monopoly is underway. Cal agrees to defend Jim, a good friend, which pulls him reluctantly into the blackmail plot. Emotions are running high over Lori Kavanaugh's bloody death. There is no shortage of suspects. There may be more than the one game in play. And defending Jim might well make Cal the next target of a vicious, cunning killer.
Amish Guys Don't Call
Thursday, June 15, 7pm
Local author Dodds will read from her YA novel, Amish Guys Don't Call. Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year. But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam's new friends can't miss this opportunity to tease and torment her. Sam has never really come to terms with her parents' divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach's apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?
Edge of Morning
Monday, June 19, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes Jacqueline Keeler, editor of the book Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears. In support of tribal efforts to protect the Bears Ears, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of this sacred landscape in America's remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these often-ignored voices explore the ways many native people derive tradition, sustenance, and cultural history from the Bears Ears.
Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer
Notable Women of Portland
Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
Local writers Dr. Tracy Prince and Zadie Schaffer will read from their book, Notable Women of Portland. The story of Portland, Oregon, like much of history, has usually been told with a focus on male leaders. This book offers a reframing of Portland's history. Many women made their mark and radically changed the Oregon frontier, including Native Americans Polly Johnson and Josette Nouette; pioneers Minerva Carter and Charlotte Terwilliger; doctors Marie Equi, Mary Priscilla Avery Sawtelle, and Bethina Owens-Adair; artists Eliza Barchus and Lily E. White; suffragists Abigail Scott Duniway, Hattie Redmond, and Eva Emery Dye; lawyer Mary Gysin Leonard; Air Force pilot Hazel Ying Lee; politicians Barbara Roberts and Margaret Carter; and authors Frances Fuller Victor, Beverly Cleary, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Ursula Le Guin, and Jean Auel. These women, along with groups of women such as "Wendy the Welders," made Portland what it is today.
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 Anthony Horowitz
"Who better than the talented Anthony Horowitz to create this marvelous mystery within a mystery. Yes, we're treated to two mysteries for the price of one: One set in a peaceful village in England during the 1950s with the one and only Detective Atticus Pund taking the case, and the other set in contemporary times with a book editor who becomes an amateur sleuth. Horowitz pays tribute to the golden age of British crime with references to mysteries created by the likes of Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. How many hidden gems can you come up with? A perfect book to read in a cushy chair with a cup of tea (hot or iced)." -Ken Favell, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
by Katherine Heiny
"I was a fan of Single, Carefree, Mellow so it was a treat to read Katherine Heiny's latest release. Standard Deviation wryly delves into the complications and contradictions inherent in good, long-term love and parenting a slightly more challenging child. This is a laugh-out-loud, funny read with brains and heart, and a gentler world to spend time in for anyone who just needs a break." -Sarah Bumstead, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
by Alan Drew
"Shadow Man is supposed to be the story of a serial killer who was horribly abused as a child and the efforts of the police to track him down and keep him from killing others. However, this book is really about Ben Wade, one of the detectives on the case. While the victims of the serial killer greatly affect Wade, who gives his all to catch him, it is the apparent suicide of a young teenager that really shakes up his world. Much more than just a search for a killer, Shadow Man is about living in the shadows of what happened in the past. Shadow Man could be called a thriller, but it is really much more than that, with characters that are so real you can feel their pain." -Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
by Michael Crichton
"I worshipped Michael Crichton. I cried for two days when he died, in part because there would be no more novels. However, after all these years, Dragon Teeth is a true surprise, and a joyful one indeed! Although he's more associated with futuristic science, Mr. Crichton was a dab hand at the historic thriller, and this novel is deeply grounded in fact. At its heart are two feuding paleontologists, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Marsh, participants in the late-1800s Bone Wars, a period of frenzied fossil discovery. Add to the mix a fictional Yale student, friendly and unfriendly Native Americans, a heap of varmints and scoundrels, and a lady or two, and you've got a rollicking good story!" -Susan Tunis, Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco, CA
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The View from the Cheap Seats
by Neil Gaiman
Recommended in hardcover by Serena Longo, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA
by Jacqueline Woodson
Recommended in hardcover by Nicole Yasinsky, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN
by Peter Geye
Recommended in hardcover by Tripp Ryder, Content Bookstore, Northfield, MN
New in History
Here are some of the latest titles on History:
Last Hope Island
by Lynne Olson
In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway; his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina; and the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans' reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations--gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe--that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion.
Most Blessed of the Patriarchs
by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
The authors present an absorbing and revealing character study of Thomas Jefferson that dispels the many cliches that have accrued over the years about our third president. Challenging the widely prevalent belief that Jefferson remains so opaque as to be unknowable, the authors--through their careful analysis, painstaking research, and vivid prose--create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself. Gordon-Reed and Onuf, through a close reading of Jefferson's own words, reintroduce us all to our most influential founding father: a man more gifted than most, but complicated in just the ways we all are.
by Peter Eisner
A thrilling story of espionage, daring and deception set in the exotic landscape of occupied Manila during World War II. When Tokyo conquered the Philippines in 1942, thousands of Filipinos and Americans refused to surrender and hid in the Luzon hills above Bataan and Manila. MacArthur's Spies is the story of three of them--Colonel John Boone, American businessman "Chick" Parsons, and nightclub owner Claire Phillips. They successfully foiled the Japanese for more than two years, sabotaging Japanese efforts and preparing the way for MacArthur's return. Readers of Alan Furst and Ben Macintyre--and anyone who loves Casablanca--will relish this true tale of heroism when it counted the most.
The Immortal Irishman
by Timothy Egan
Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was "back from the dead" and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher's rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana--a quixotic adventure that ended in the great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last. The Immortal Irishman is now out in paperback.