|March 2018 Readings, New in Performing Arts, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest books on Performing Arts, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Browse our latest Theme section. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Readings at Annie Blooms:
Light of the Northern Dancers
TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 28, 7pm
In the Seattle author's historical novel, Eden Rose has tended a foundering marriage and failing ranch at the corner of Crazy Woman Creek and the Powder River for a decade. Best friend, backwoods spitfire Maddie True, has her own woes a few miles away: widowed with a passel of young children, and caretaker to her addled father. Abandoned by her husband during the height of Wyoming Territory's worst drought in history, Eden depends on her inept brother, Aiden, to see her through the coming winter. But when he disappears into the wild Bighorn mountains, she shuns Maddie's fearful cautions, teaming with enigmatic Lakota holy man, Intah, to find her brother before the wicked snow holds them all hostage.
The Third Victim
Tuesday, March 6, 7pm
Local author Phillip Margolin returns for the launch of his latest mystery. A woman who has survived kidnapping and torture in rural Oregon identifies the house where she was held captive and the owner, Alex Mason--a prominent local attorney--is arrested for the murder of two other women. Legendary criminal defense attorney Regina Barrister has agreed to defend Mason. Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she's second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she's worried her boss's behavior and the details in the case against their client don't quite add up.
All Systems Down
Thursday, March 22, 7pm
Portland author Sam Boush will read from his debut thriller. Pak Han-Yong, an elite hacker in the North Korean military, has labored for years on a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist infrastructure. And with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate. Brendan Chogan isn't a hero. He's an out-of-work parking enforcement officer and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and children. But now there's a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting him. Brendan must do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. In the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers collide. Strangers whose survival depends upon each other's skills and courage.
Winter/Spring 2018 Reading
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
Join us at Annie Bloom's Books for a reading from contributors to the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Portland's own literary journal, The Timberline Review. Reading at this event will be:
In My Time by Paul Pintarich
Thursday, March 29, 7pm
Seifert, the editor of In My Time, presents this collection of essays from longtime Southwest Community Connection columnist Paul Pintarich, who celebrates the "pre-suburbia" of his boyhood. For five years, starting in December 1996, Paul recounted his boyhood adventures in monthly columns for the Connection. Most of those columns, as well as three feature stories by Paul, are here. Also included are original illustrations by Jeff Cook; a foreword by Rick Bella, a colleague of Paul's at The Oregonian, and a preface by Seifert, Paul's Connection editor, who also compiled this collection.
Kim Stafford and Alice Derry
Tuesday, April 10, 7pm
Portland author Kim Stafford will be joined by Los Angeles poet Alice Derry. Stafford will read selections from his recently published series of chapbooks. Derry will read from her new poetry collection, Hunger, about which Molly Gloss writes: "Hunger is so beautiful, so dense with layers of meaning and the weight of the unspoken, so rich in its language and rhythm, that the book as a whole just frankly left me breathless. I know I will be returning to this book again and again, peeling back the layers."
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 soon to browse these and other great March Indie Next picks.
Don't Skip Out on Me
by Willy Vlautin
"Horace Hopper, the Irish-Paiute Indian protagonist in Don't Skip Out on Me, dreams of erasing the shame of childhood abandonment by reinventing himself as a professional boxer. His boss and surrogate father, an elderly sheep rancher, wrestles with the choices of his own history, and does his best to maintain a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Vlautin intertwines the lives and fates of these two men in a work of astonishing beauty and heartbreak, and guides the reader to an ending that is as true and real as it gets. Willy Vlautin has been literature's best-kept secret for far too long. He may well be our own Steinbeck, but with a haunting steel-guitar sensibility all his own." -Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
"Tara Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely. Raised largely 'off the grid' in rural Idaho--without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth--Tara nevertheless decides she wants to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. Educated is a testament to Tara's brilliance and tenacity, a bittersweet rendering of how family relationships can be cruel or life-saving, and a truly great read from the first page to the last." -Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
A Long Way from Home
by Peter Carey
"Carey uses the Australian cross-country Redux auto trials of the 1950s to explore how the need to be accepted directs our motivations and, accordingly, our fates. Titch and Irene Bobs join up with their neighbor Willy Bachhuber, a maps expert, to race the Redux. For Titch, an opportunistic car salesman, the race represents the chance to seize national fame--and the respect of his larger-than-life father. Through the journey, Carey delves into Australia's virulent racism toward its indigenous populations and its embedded intolerance of miscegenation. As the miles accumulate, Irene and Willy's lives change in profound ways, and we, in turn, experience Carey's wit, heart, and intelligence, as well as his skill in bringing these characters and this place and time so vibrantly to life." -Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The Heart's Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
Recommended in hardcover by Whitney Kaaz, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore
Recommended in hardcover by Heather Herbaugh, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD
Her Every Fear
by Peter Swanson
Recommended in hardcover by Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
New in Performing Arts
Here are some great new books on Music, Film, and Dance:
The Beatles in India
by Paul Saltzman
In 1968, the Beatles went to Rishikesh, India, studied transcendental meditation, and wrote music. These intimate photos are the only record of their time in this sacred retreat. No photographers or press were allowed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, but the Beatles had no objection to fellow visitor Paul Saltzman freely snapping pictures during their time there. This unprecedented access resulted in an extensive collection of intimate photos of the world's most beloved rock band during one of their most serene and productive periods. This unique and exclusive exploration of one of the Beatles' most tender and bittersweet periods is a must-have for all fans of the legendary rock group.
All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire
by Jonathan Abrams
This is the definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation. While there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.
Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art
by Sam Wasson
At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots--the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly reported, scene-driven narrative that, like its subject, moves fast and digs deep. With signature verve and nuance, Wasson shows why improv deserves to be considered the great American art form of the last half-century--and the most influential one today.
Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras
by Tom Service
How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant, but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries. This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world: how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.