March 1 is First Friday!
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
March 2013 Author Readings, Books on Music, Village Construction, and More!
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!
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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."
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
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
) for delivery options. Thanks for your patience during the construction!
March Indie Next List
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):
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
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.