May 2015 Readings, Science Fiction, First Friday, and More!

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Moms & Grads
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Sci-Fi

First Friday

May 1 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:

Absolute Power

by David Baldacci

This is a limited edition hardcover of Baldacci's debut novel!  


And our kids prize is: 

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty

by Nick Bruel

plus two Bad Kitty posters!

Gifts for Moms & Grads 

Mothers Day & Graduation Gifts


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


Zooborns Motherly Love 

by Andrew Bleiman & Chris Eastland


A Fine Romance 

by Candice Bergen


Welcome the Day 

by Emma Giuliani


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 

by Mindy Kaling  


Very Good Lives 

by J.K. Rowling


The Opposite of Loneliness 

by Marina Keegan


F in Exams: Pop Quiz 

by Richard Benson



by Eric Greitens

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May 2015 Readings, Science Fiction, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great events coming up! Plus, gather ideas for Mother's Day and Graduation gifts. Also, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving, read what's new in Sci-Fi, and drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings & Events
Readings and Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 2015 marks the inaugural Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with hourly drawings, scavenger hunts for kids and adults, and snacks and beverages. Plus, we'll be partnering with our next-door neighbors The Craft Factory, who will offer book-making craft sessions and story times. Annie Bloom's will also be selling unique literary items created exclusively for IBD, including Roxanne Gay signed chapbooks, literary tea towel sets, Guess How Much I Love Reading onesies, signed Captain Underpants prints, and other super cool pieces.

She Writes Press
Céline Keating, Leanna Lehman, Kamy Wicoff
Monday, May 4, 7pm

In Keating's Play for Me, married videographer Lily falls deep into the world of a guitarist named JJ. This novel captures the thrill and heartbreak of deciding to leave behind what you love to follow what you desire. In Lehman's Vote for Remi, high school US government teacher Remi's students nominate her for president as a hoax. As the campaign takes on a life of its own, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural cliches, and realizes she isn't quite the woman she thought was. In Wicoff's Wishful Thinking, divorced mother Jennifer obtains a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can't answer.

Judy Reeves
Wild Women, Wild Voices
Tuesday, May 12, 7pm

In her years as a writing coach, Judy Reeves has found twin urges in women: they yearn to reclaim a true nature that resides below the surface of daily life and to give it voice. Wild Women, Wild Voices responds to women's deep need for expression with specific and inspiring activities, exercises, and writing prompts. With true empathy, Reeves invites, instructs, and celebrates the authentic expression--even the howl--of the wild in every woman.

Bryan Denson
The Spy's Son
Thursday, May 14, 7pm
at O'Connor's "The Vault"

Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting story of the Nicholsons--father and son co-conspirators who deceived their country by selling national secrets to Russia. In 1997, Jim Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn't stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud.

Mark Armour & Steve Steinberg
Baseball Books
Wednesday, May 20, 7pm

Mark Armour is the co-author of In Pursuit of Pennants, an investigation into why some baseball teams win while others don't. While there is no recipe for guaranteed success in a competitive, ever-changing environment, these teams demonstrate how creatively thinking about one's circumstances can often lead to a competitive advantage. Steve Steinberg is the co-author of The Colonel and Hug. This book tells the story of how owner Jacob Ruppert and manager Miller Huggins transformed the Yankees. It also tells the larger story about baseball primarily in the tumultuous period from 1918 to 1929.

Melissa Clark
Bear Witness
Thursday, May 21, 7pm

Paige harbors a painful memory. Three years ago, she witnessed her best friend Robin's abduction from a sleepover the girls were attending. Two weeks later, Robin's body was found abandoned. The effects of this gruesome crime continue to ripple through the community, family, and especially Paige's life three years later. Struggling with debilitating flashbacks and immense guilt, Paige must continue to reconcile with her memories of the past and attempt to overcome the loss of innocence, her best friend, and her faith in the universe.

Kate Ristau
Thursday, May 28, 7pm

From Portland young adult author Kate Ristau comes Shadowgirl. Áine may live in the light, but she is haunted by darkness, and when her fey powers blaze out of control, she escapes into the Shadowlands. But she cannot outrun her past. Fire fey and a rising darkness threaten the light, burning a path across the veil. Her fiery dreams come to life, and with the help of Hennessy, an uninhibited Irish girl, Áine dives into the flames to discover who she truly is. Her mother burned to keep her secret safe, and now Áine wields the deadly Eta. She must learn to fight in the shadows--or die in the flames. This is not a fairy tale.
May 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 May. 

Light of the World
by Elizabeth Alexander

Carole at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA, writes: "It's hard to find the right words to do justice to this very special book. It is as beautiful a love story as I have ever read, and it lifts readers up and gives us hope and makes us believe. I will urge it on everyone I know."

The Green Road
by Anne Enright

Linda at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA, writes: "Steeped in the moist earth of Ireland, this is the story of the Madigan family and the life that forces them apart, only to return again to a home filled with memories. With plans to sell the family home, a last Christmas gathering proves profound."

The Book of Aron
by Jim Shepard

Darwin at Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT, writes: "Shepard has performed a small miracle in channeling the voice of a young Jewish boy trapped in the Warsaw ghetto. He traces Aron's progression from country bumpkin and reluctant scholar to a 'marcher' on the streets of Warsaw, where his cunning and courage prolong the lives of his increasingly oppressed and desperate family."

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

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

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

Not My Father's Son
by Alan Cumming

Recommended in hardcover by Demi at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC.

We Are Called to Rise
by Laura McBride

Recommended in hardcover by Andrea at Maria's Bookshop in Durango, CO. 

New in Sci-Fi 

Here are some of the latest titles in our Science Fiction & Fantasy Section:

by Gail Carriger
Introducing the Custard Protocol series. When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama ("Rue" to her friends) is bequeathed an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female under similar circumstances would do--she christens it the "Spotted Custard" and floats off to India. Soon, she stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis (and an embarrassing lack of bloomers), Rue must rely on her good breeding -- and her metanatural abilities--to get to the bottom of it all.

by Daryl Gregory
It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right. Afterparty is now out in paperback.

by Robert H. Wilson
It's been three years since the global uprising of the world's robots, three long years in which ordinary people waged a guerilla war that saved humankind from the brink of annihilation. But a horrific new enemy has emerged, and the resistance is called to fight once again. And in a world where humanity and technology are pushed to the breaking point, their one hope may reside with their former enemy--Archos R-14. Now in paperback.

The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
This new edition of the break-out science fiction debut features additional stories and a Q&A with the author. Anderson Lake is AgriGen's Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.