March 2015 Readings, New Kids Books, First Friday, and More!

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First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Kids Books

First Friday

March 6 is First Friday!

 

Drop by and see us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.

 

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

 

Our prize this month  is a treat for sci-fi lovers. One lucky winner will get advance readers copies of Persona by Genevieve Valentine and The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu. Plus, you'll get a handsome tote bag!

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March 2015 Readings, New Kids Books, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great readings coming up! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the latest kids books. Drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Upcoming Readings
March Readings at Annie Blooms:

Lisa Alber & Leslie Budewitz
Mystery Writers
Wednesday, March 11, 7pm

In Alber's Kilmoon, Californian Merrit Chase travels to Ireland to meet her father, a celebrated matchmaker, in hopes that she can mend her troubled past. Instead, her arrival triggers a rising tide of violence, and Merrit finds herself both suspect and victim. Budewitz's latest mystery is Assault and Pepper. When a panhandler shows up dead at Pepper Reece's Pike Place spice and tea shop, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. But her nosy ways might make her next on the killer's list.

Clyde Curley
A Cup of Hemlock
Thursday, March 12, 7pm

In Raggedy Man, the first in the series, Portland Police Detective Matthew Toussaint and his young assistant, Detective Missy Owens, worked to discover who murdered Ben Foeller, the son of Portland's premier dynastic family, a young man whose body was discovered under a bridge approach in the city. In A Cup of Hemlock, the detectives are charged with finding the killer of Nick Lehrer, a high school teacher who was brutally gunned down in his classroom while working late at night. These novels probe political, ethical, and philosophic concerns while personalizing these issues in a large, varied, and colorful cast of characters-including the city of Portland itself, which is detailed in all its idiosyncratic, diverse magnificence.

 Paige McKenzie
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Tuesday, March 24, 7pm

Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, Portland author Paige McKenzie's The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as "Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age." YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine--the adorkable girl living in a haunted house--a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine.

J.A. Jance
Cold Betrayal
Thursday, March 26, 7pm

Ali Reynolds's longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Meanwhile, Ali struggles to find a way to protect an elderly woman who's been receiving anonymous threats. She and Sister Anselm race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long--before someone comes back to bury them forever.
March 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 March.

Welcome to Braggsville
by T. Geronimo Johnson

Jann at Booksmart in Morgan Hill, CA, writes: "Johnson explores cultural, social, and regional diversity in a world increasingly driven by social media. A UC Berkeley student returns to his hometown in Georgia to challenge an annual Southern tradition and inadvertently sets off a chain of events resulting in tragic consequences."

Soil
by Jamie Kornegay

Centered around Jay Mize, an idealistic farmer whose luck just keeps breaking bad, the story kicks into high gear when Jay discovers a corpse on his failing farm. Kornegay joins Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin as a strong voice in the world of Southern Gothic fiction."

Dead Wake
by Erik Larson

Jan at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, IL, writes: "Dead Wake recounts the tragedy of the sinking of the passenger ocean liner Lusitania. Larson pulls the reader in and evokes a visceral response of outrage and sadness--the same response most Americans had upon first hearing the news in 1915."

H Is for Hawk
by Helen MacDonald

Karen at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT, writes: "This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact.The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. A marvelous read."

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

Enchanted
by Rene Denfeld

Recommended in hardcover by Jessie at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, MI

The Serpent of Venice
by Christopher Moore

Recommended in hardcover by Carol at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI 

New Childrens Books  

Check out these great new kids books:  

Home
by Carson Ellis
Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of home. Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for indie band the Decemberists.

Click, Clack, Peep!
by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
Farmer Brown, oh-so-sleepy, has a new, adorable--and LOUD--duckling to deal with in this addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Boo! There's more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won't go to sleep, and whose play-with-me "peeps" are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him. How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out-and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all...

Around the Clock
by Roz Chast
This wacky romp from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast includes entertaining antics for every hour, on the hour. Counting time has never been so fun! Do you ever wonder what your friends, enemies, brothers, sisters, and children are doing in the hours when you're not there? This kooky twenty-four-hour tour of a day in the life of twenty-three different children will reveal answers from the absurd...to the hilarious...to the absurdly hilarious!
 
Shh! We Have a Plan
by Chris Haughton
Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree "Hello birdie," waves one. "Shh! We have a plan," hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and "go." But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton is back with another simple, satisfying story whose visual humor plays out in boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations.