|May 2017 Readings, Moms & Grads, New Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 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 Science Fiction & Fantasy, and drop by and see us on First Friday!
May Readings at Annie Blooms:
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
Local author Wendt will read from his novel. It's 1976 and the United States is home to The Giganticos, a football super squad led by the one and only Pearl of Brazil, and more or less the only reason AASSA (American All-Star Soccer Association) exists. Enter Danny Hooper, a third-division English footballer from East Southwhich Albion, whose thuggish reputation limits him to playing the role of enforcer. After Danny takes his frustrations out on an unfortunate opponent's tibia, he finds himself sold to the Rose City Revolution of Portland. But there is more to the trade than a shocked Danny could ever imagine: turns out, he's going to America not just to introduce soccer to its skeptical masses, but to help foil a communist plot.
Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm
Andreas will read from his memoir. Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. From the late sixties to the early eighties, she went through multiple husbands and countless lovers while living in three states and five countries. She took her youngest son, Peter, with her wherever she went, even kidnapping him and running off to South America after his straitlaced father won a long and bitter custody fight. This is an extraordinary account of a deep mother-son bond and the joy and toll of growing up with a radical mother in a radical age.
Tuesday, May 16, 7pm
The Portland author presents her Middle Grade novel. Jupiter is used to being a planet of one, and she likes it that way. But then a cousin, who Jupiter never even knew existed, comes from Ethiopia to stay for the summer, and Jupiter is put in charge of taking care of her. Luckily, Edom doesn't want to be in Portland any more than Jupiter wants her there, and the two hatch a Grand Plan to send Edom back to her mother. In the process, Jupiter learns that community and family aren't always what you expect them to be.
Ivy Get Your Gun
Wednesday, May 17, 7pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant
In Portland author Cindy Brown's fourth Ivy Meadows novel, there's a new sheriff in town--and she can sing! When Gold Bug Gulch's actor-gunslinger Mongo winds up shot for real, actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows goes undercover as the ingénue in the tourist town's melodrama. Unfortunately, she's distracted by a pack of marauding Chihuahuas, a problematic love life, auditions for Annie Get Your Gun, and a personal mission: to show people the real Annie Oakley. What's more, the no-good, yellow-bellied varmint who killed Mongo isn't finished with the Gulch--or with Ivy. Will our heroine prove she CAN get a man with a gun--before the killer gets her?
Patricia Bailey, Janet Johnson & Heidi Schulz
Middle Grade Reading
Monday, May 22, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes three great Oregon Middle Grade authors on one night! In Patricia Bailey's The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan, life in a 1905 Nevada mining town is not easy for thirteen-year-old Kit, who must find a way to expose goldmine owner Mr. Granger's misdeeds before it's too late. In Janet Sumner Johnson's The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society, Annie tracks a lost treasure to her best friend Jason's backyard, and she's sure the booty will be enough to save Jason's family from foreclosure on their house. In Heidi Schulz's Hook's Revenge, twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. So, when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate.
Nan Narboe, Susan Troccolo, and Paul Casey
Aging: An Apprenticeship
Thursday, May 25, 7pm
Local writers Nan Narboe, Susan Troccolo, and Paul Casey will read their pieces from the anthology Aging: An Apprenticeship, edited by Narboe. These 56 thoughtfully selected essays offer an intimate and lyrical account of aging through the decades. In six sections, these detail-rich essays paint an accessible picture of nearing 50, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, the 90s and beyond with equal parts humor and insight. Nan Narboe introduces the book with a piece on "Informed Aging." In Susan Troccolo's essay "Slaying St. George," she writes about surviving cancer. In Paul Casey's "Katie Couric Is No Friend of Mine," a colonoscopy, not a red convertible, marks his initiation into mid-life.
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.
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.
Anything Is Possible
by Elizabeth Strout
"Anything Is Possible merges the interlocking story form of Strout's Olive Kitteridge with the characters from My Name Is Lucy Barton. No one captures both the decency and cruelty of small towns the way Strout does--the kindness of a school janitor, the merciless taunts an impoverished child must endure. Mothers and daughters are a frequent theme, too, and the story of Mississippi Mary, about a woman visiting her mother in Italy, just might break your heart. Every story in this amazing collection is about the events that can make or break us--war, abuse, poverty, illness - and how we respond. I loved this marvelous book, and you should absolutely read it." -Jill Zimmerman, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
by Fredrik Backman
"After a family tragedy, former NHL player Peter Andersson moves his family back to Beartown, where he's gotten a job as general manager for the local hockey club. Beartown is on its way back up, riding the heels of its most successful junior team in years. On the cusp of that victory, news breaks of a crime that shakes the community to its core. When the worst happens, who do you stand by - your team, your community, your family? In Beartown, Backman shows us, once again, that human beings are anything but predictable." -Julia Turner, Itinerant Literate Books, Charleston, SC
The Stars Are Fire
by Anita Shreve
"WOW! I began this book and couldn't put it down until the last page. Shreve is a masterful storyteller who mesmerizes with her marvelous characters. Grace is a woman who is stronger than she knows and the adversity she faces proves that point. I loved her resilience and zest for life. The men in her life--Gene, her husband; Aiden, the pianist who loves her; and John, a doctor and friend--are beautifully developed and kept me engaged to the end. A terrific read. Loved it!" -Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL
Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
"One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017." -Steven Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The Sport of Kings
by C. E. Morgan
Recommended in hardcover by Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
The Versions of Us
by Laura Barnett
Recommended in hardcover by Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
New in Science Fiction & Fantasy
Here are some of the latest titles:
by M. R. Carey
Now out in paperback, here's Karen's staff review of Fellside: "Jess wakes up in terrible pain, uncertain who she is or where she is. Things get worse when she learns she is accused of murder. With no memory of events leading up to the fire which has disfigured her and caused the death of a child, Jess comes to believe she is guilty and refuses food. On the edge of death, she is visited by the ghost of the boy who died. He wants Jess to help find his real murderer, but what can she do from prison? A thriller with a sci-fi twist, Carey asks the reader to go into another plain of consciousness with Jess and the ghost to solve the mystery. You'll want to read just one more chapter before your head hits the pillow."
New York 2140
by Kim Stanley Robinson
As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city. There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear --- along with the lawyers, of course. There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home-- and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine. Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all-- and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.
by Gail Carriger
This sequel to Prudence is now out in paperback! Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are... is frightened.
The Collapsing Empire
by John Scalzi
Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible--until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field that transport us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and creates a new empire, the Interdependency. When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals--a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency--are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.