March 2013 Author Readings, Books on Music, Village Construction, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Go Green!
Author Readings
Village Goes Green
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Books on Music

First Friday

March 1 is First Friday!

 

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:

a signed copy of  

Chloe's Vegan Desserts

by Chloe Coscarelli 

 

And, in honor of the Village's pending remodel, the kids' book prize is:

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld 

New Theme: Go Green! 

Here are some of the great books you can find in the monochromatically verdant Theme section at the front of our store: 
 

Your Farm in the City
by Lisa Taylor


Margaret from Maine
by Joseph Monninger


The Edge of Nowhere
by Elizabeth George


Inheritance
by Christopher Paolini

we planted a tree
We Planted a Tree
by Diane Muldrow 
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March 2013 Author Readings, Books on Music, Village Construction, and More!

We have lots of great readings coming up! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the latest books on music. Drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Author Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Chasity Glass
even if i am.
Wednesday, March 6, 7pm
The Portland writer presents her debut memoir. Sparks fly between Chasity and Anthony, her handsome coworker. Through their email correspondence, the two fall in love. Then Anthony is diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. With the healing power of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and the hope and wit that is Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, this memoir offers self-discovery through poignant and vulnerable prose, capturing the hearts of all those who believe in the power of love.

Amanda Coplin
The Orchardist
Monday, March 11, 7pm
The Portland author reads from the paperback release of her highly lauded debut novel. At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison. Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West, and the dramatic consequences of his actions.

Anne Hendren
A Dream of Good and Evil
Thursday, March 14, 7pm
This novel introduces architect Loisann "Lou" Cooper to a world fallen apart. A professional failure prompts her to quit her job, she discovers a man she loves is arrested in the brutal killing of a journalist, her sister lands in jail. Lou's old boss and his socialite wife are not what they seem, and their actions directly affect Lou's life. Deliverance appears in the unlikely form of an architecture project that restores Lou Cooper's sense of justice.

Candace Walsh
Licking the Spoon
Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Food writer and memoirist Walsh tells how, lacking role models in her early life, she turned to cookbook authors real and fictitious (Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, Mollie Katzen, Daniel Boulud, and more) to learn, unlearn, and redefine her own womanhood. Through the lens of food, Walsh recounts her life's journey--from unhappy adolescent to straight-identified wife and mother to divorcée in a same-sex relationship--and she throws in some dishy revelations, a-ha moments, take-home tidbits, and mouth-watering recipes for good measure.

Multnomah Village Goes Green 

   multnomah village goes green
Beginning in early March, the City of Portland will be remodeling our Village. The image above is the City's projection of what Capitol Hwy will look like once the project is completed. Check out the trees!

Here's the scoop on the renovation, straight from Environmental Services:

"Capitol Highway in Multnomah Village is an important parking area and a major neighborhood thoroughfare. When it rains, oils, metals, brake dust and other pollutants from this
high-use area wash into nearby Vermont Creek.

In spring 2013, Environmental Services will construct a green street and plant street trees in the Village core. Trees will absorb rain to reduce stormwater runoff and the green street facility will collect and treat runoff to protect water quality and enhance the neighborhood.

The project will also widen sidewalks and reconfigure the parking layout to benefit pedestrians and cyclists."
construction sign 
During the projected 90 days of construction, one lane of traffic will always remain open, ten parking spaces will be available, and pedestrian walkways will be in place. Most important, Village business will remain open!

We'll post updates on the project whenever we have new information to share. So keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

During the construction (and as always), you can find additional parking at Multnomah Arts Center's Lower West Lot. For those of you unable to find nearby parking or who can't walk the extra distance, please contact us (503-246-0053 or books@annieblooms.com) for delivery options. Thanks for your patience during the construction! 
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 all the picks for March. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website): 

Benediction
by Kent Haruf
Gayle at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ, writes: "For those of us who have been waiting to reconnect with the Front Range of Colorado and its quirky inhabitants, Benediction is the answer to our literary prayers. The main character is dying, but that doesn't set a tone of great remorse or regret. Instead, it becomes a reflection of a family, of the place where they live, of the forces that formed them and made them into the strange, angry, resourceful, and engaging people they have become."

A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozecki
Cheryl at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, says of this novel: "Nao, a suicidal Japanese girl, postpones her death as she grows closer to her 104-year-old great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Ruth, a Pacific Northwest author with writer's block, discovers Nao's diary washed ashore on her remote island and becomes obsessed. Readers will be drawn in as their stories intertwine."

We Live in Water: Stories
by Jess Walter
Suzanna at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, write: "I defy any reader to pick up this amazing collection of stories and not want to read every book Jess Walter has ever written. His writing is staggeringly good. I found myself reading long into the night, not wanting to miss a word."



Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson
Now out in paperback! Jennifer at Ebenezer Books in Johnson, VT, writes of this memoir: "Readers familiar with Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit will have an inkling of the earnestness and pathos as well as the source of this most perfectly chosen title quote, but no one should stop there: this memoir delivers far more than the expected exploration of that story's roots. This is a captivating book, quotable, and brightly flecked with humor, a personal and, at times, painfully raw story about an adoptee's lifelong search for love. It also makes the strongest case I've ever read for how a life can be saved by literature."

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank
by Nathan Englander
Now out in paperback! Laurie at Politics & Prose Books in Washington, DC, writes of this short story collection: "Ranging from historical and autobiographical fiction to modern tall tales, Englander's stories are written with a ferocious, startling energy. They also pose difficult questions--dilemmas requiring Solomonic wisdom to resolve--and they don't let anyone off the hook. Above all, Englander is after the truth, and he takes notions of transparency to ends both logical and absurd to make his characters--and his readers--bare their souls and see what's there. This is powerful fiction that will haunt you after you close the book." 

New Books on Music 

Here are some of the best new books in our Performing Arts section: 
    
The Holy or the Broken
by Alan Light
Today, "Hallelujah" is one of the most-performed rock songs in history, covered by hundreds of artists and played at countless events around the world. Yet when music legend Leonard Cohen first wrote and recorded "Hallelujah," it was for an album rejected by his longtime record label. Ten years later, charismatic newcomer Jeff Buckley reimagined the song for his much-anticipated debut album, Grace, but "Hallelujah" was never released as a single. Through in-depth interviews with its interpreters and the key figures who were actually there for its original recordings, music journalist Alan Light shows how this obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy.

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
by Peter Hook
Peter Hook, bassist for the legendary, groundbreaking band Joy Division, takes readers backstage with the group that helped define the sound of a generation and influenced artists such as U2, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unknown Pleasures tells Joy Division's story from the unique perspective of one of the three surviving band members. Told with surprising humor and vivid detail, this is the book Joy Division fans have been waiting for.

Days That I'll Remember:
Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
by Jonathan Cott
The author met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of those friendships over the decades and provides an intimate look at two of the most astonishing cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to say and tell will be found nowhere else.

The Soundtrack of My Life
by Clive Davis
Davis's career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin. In this personal account, Davis tells all, from becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships, to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. His wealth of experience offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.