January 2013 Readings, First Friday, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Thank You
January Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Mysteries

First Friday

January 4 is First Friday!


Now that the holidays are over, keep the festive mood alive with a First Friday trip to Multnomah Village.


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


The adult prize is:  

Portland Happy Hour Guidebook 2013  


The kids could win:

This Is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen 

Thank You!   

Annie Bloom's customers never cease to amaze us. We appreciate your dedication to the printed word and your support of local independent businesses. And, despite long lines and the frenzy in the air, you were all so patient and kind. Thank you for making this a great holiday season!
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January 2013 Readings, First Friday, and More!

We're kicking off the new year with some great readings. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the latest Mysteries. Drop by and see us on First Friday! 
January Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Clyde Curley
Raggedy Man
Thursday, January 10, 7:00 PM
Clyde Curley will be reading at The Vault at O'Connor's Restaurant, next door to Annie Bloom's. And we'll be there to sell the book! Detectives Matthew Toussaint and Missy Owens search through the damp chill of a Portland February morning for clues about the death of a young drifter, found under one of the city's many bridges. The victim: Ben Foeller, the errant younger son of Portland's premier dynastic family. This is Bobby's staff favorite!

Ruth Tenzer Feldman, Joy Preble & Emily Whitman
Young Adult Author Trio!
Saturday, January 12, 3:00 PM
blue thread Feldman is the author of Blue Thread, which is set in 1912 Portland, Oregon, during the women's suffrage movement. Preble's Anastasia Forever is a masterful combination of folklore, suspense, and romance with an action-packed pace. In Whitman's Wildwing, Addy's one chance at true love takes her on a journey from shipwrecks to castle dungeons, and from betrothals to hidden conspiracies.

Susan Jackson Rodgers & Wendy Willis
Two Wonderful Oregon Writers
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 PM
Rodgers is the author of the short story collection Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6. She lives in Corvallis and teaches at Oregon State University. "Flannery O'Connor meets Desperate Housewives. A poetic, hilarious and haunting collection." Willis is the author of the poetry collection Blood Sisters of the Republic. She is an adjunct fellow in poetry at Portland writing workshop, the Attic Institute. "With a voice as uptown as it is down-home, Willis' splendid poems make one astonishing yet satisfying leap after another."

William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 PM
Friends of William Stafford Board Member Susan McKee Reese hosts this annual tribute to Oregon's great Poet Laureate. Featured readers include Barbara Drake, Valentine Freeman, Lisa Galloway, Tom Hogan, and Anmarie Trimble. Please come to a celebration of what would have been the 99th birthday of William Stafford and bring a favorite William Stafford poem to share.

E.F. Lewins
Christabel's Escape
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 PM
From Portland author E.F. Lewins, loyalty is tested against romantic love and sexual desire in this modern version of a Gothic tale. Based on the 1799 unfinished poem by Coleridge, Christabel's Escape draws on authentic women's narratives from the twelfth century to discover a story of healing and renewal underlying this genre classic.
January 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 all the picks for January. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

by Marjorie Celona
Jackie at Tattered Cover in Denver writes of this novel: "Y is about the 'whys' of two lives. Why did one woman abandon her newly born daughter at the door of a YMCA. Why was it so hard for that little girl to find a real home?  The characters in this book are flawed and stumbling--in other words, very human. The issues of what it means to be a family and the meaning of 'home' are challenged, remolded, and puzzled into a story that is not always easy to read, but is difficult to put down and is impossible to forget." 

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis
Deon at Oregon's own Sunriver Books says of this novel: "Hattie's story is told in alternating chapters through the children she raised, the trials they gave her, and her perseverance every time life knocked her down. This is the story of a woman's strength and determination, and the story of a nation as it wrestles with the oppression of blacks and their striving to achieve equality in a world that judged them solely by the color of their skin." 

The Colour of Milk
by Nell Leyshon
Caitlin at Odyssey Bookshop in MA says this novel "reads less like historical fiction and more like a memoir. Mary is a hardworking but willful farm girl in rural England until her abusive father 'sells' her to the local vicar as a servant. Hew new position brings her opportunities for education and wider knowledge than she ever had before, but there are consequences. This gripping story of power, family, and self-determination will pull you right in and stay with you for a long time.

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders
Jessica at New York's Greenlight Bookstore writes of this collection: "Saunders' stories stretch the boundaries of reality, but his characters are often defined by their limits. These stories do all the things we hope good fiction will do: blow your mind and break your heart, make you laugh and make you think. They are the kind of stories I feel grateful for, that stick in my head and heart and make me want to be a better person."

Waiting for Sunrise
by William Boyd
Now out in paperback! Susan at Market Block Books in Troy, NY, has this to say about this novel: "Lysander Reif, a young man undergoing psychoanalysis in Vienna in 1913, is slowly drawn into a web of espionage and danger when his lover accuses him of rape and the British Embassy steps in to rescue him from years in an Austrian prison. Who is betraying the British war plans to its enemies? Are Reif's superiors trying to frame him? The twists and turns of Boyd's plot will keep readers guessing until the very end!" 

New Mysteries   

Here are some of the best new paperback titles from our Mystery section:  

by Elmore Leonard
When Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it's up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But Raylan isn't your average marshal; he's the laconic, Stetson-wearing, fast-drawing lawman who juggles dozens of cases at a time and always shoots to kill. But by the time Raylan finds out who's making the cuts, he's lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla, the cool transplant nurse, about to go for his kidneys.

Capitol Murder
by Phillip Margolin
Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller team up again in this new thriller. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C. A dead body, murdered according to Little's M.O., is found in the senator's Georgetown home, and Carson has disappeared. While Dana is in Oregon digging into Carson's shady background, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil.

Impossible Dead
by Ian Rankin
The Complaints: that's the Internal Affairs department that seeks out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who've made deals with the devil. And sometimes the Complaints must travel. In Impossible Dead, a new inquiry sets Malcolm Fox and his colleagues adrift in unknown territory with befuddling protocol, and no clear guide to trust. When Fox uncovers a trail leading to the secrets behind a politician's suicide, suddenly reputations are on the line. Rankin's newest thriller shows our own lives reflected in this age of fear and paranoia.

Murder in Mount Holly
by Paul Theroux
During the time of Lyndon Johnson's presidency, Herbie Gneiss is forced to leave college to get a job. His income from the Kant-Brake toy factory, which manufactures military toys for children, keeps his chocolate-loving mother from starvation. Mr. Gibbon, a patriotic veteran of three wars, also works at Kant-Brake. When Herbie is drafted, Mr. Gibbon falls in love with Herbie's mother and they move in together at Miss Ball's rooming house. Since Herbie is fighting for his country, Mr. Gibbon feels that he, too, should do something for his country and convinces Miss Ball and Mrs. Gneiss to join him in the venture. They decide to rob the Mount Holly Trust Company because it is managed by a small dark man who is probably a communist. There are some complications.