May 2013 Author Readings, Travel, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
Travel Books

First Friday

May 3 is First Friday!


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


This month, our adult prize is:


The Orchardist 

by Amanda Coplin 


And the winner of our kids' drawing will receive:


Steam Train, Dream Train

by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld 

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May 2013 Author Readings, Travel, and More

May is packed with great readings! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Let our Travel books carry you away. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
May Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Sarah Thebarge
The Invisible Girls
Thursday, May 2, 7pm
After barely surviving the grueling treatments for aggressive breast cancer, Thebarge moved to Portland to start over. There, a chance encounter with an exhausted Somali mother and her daughters transformed her life again. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Thebarge's riveting memoir invites readers to engage in her story of finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places.

Joel Magnuson
The Approaching Great Transformation
Monday, May 6, 7pm
Magnuson's visionary insights into the decline of the Oil Age and life afterward combine sobering warnings with genuine hope. The facts are hard: global oil reserves are peaking and the violent race to secure what's left has already begun. But the hope is real: individuals and communities around the world have already begun moving in a different direction. With an emphasis on developing new and very different economic institutions that are centered on self-reliance, ecological permanence, stability, and a celebration of human creativity, he shows that the true great transformation is already underway, and it's up to us to continue it.

Ellen Sussman
The Paradise Guest House
Wednesday, May 8, 7pm
This novel is about one woman's search for love, renewal, and a place to call home. One year after being caught in nightclub bombings in Bali, Jamie returns, seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks. She hasn't been able to forget his kindness--or the spark between them as he helped her heal. Jamie has never shied away from a challenge, but a second chance with Gabe presents her with the biggest dilemma of all: whether she's ready to open her heart.

Erica Bauermeister 
The Lost Art of Mixing
Jennie Shortridge
Love Water Memory
Thursday, May 9, 7pm
Two of Annie Bloom's favorite authors return together to read from their new novels. Erica Bauermeister returns to the enchanting world of The School of Essential Ingredients in this novel about the ties that bind and links that break. The Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship. The new novel by Jennie Shortridge (pictured), Love Water Memory, explores the raw, tender complexities of relationships and personal identity. When Lucie learns that her fiancé has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.

Sue Sanders
Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore
Thursday, May 16, 7pm
Raising a preteen can sneak up on you. In Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore, Sue Sanders guides by example, in 25 conversations and moments she has shared with her daughter. With refreshing wit, candor, and self-awareness, Sanders reminds us to trust our intuition, keep an open mind, and answer those questions we can to help our preteens navigate growing up and maybe learn a thing or two about ourselves in the process.

Jay Ponteri
Monday, May 20, 7pm
Married writer Ponteri finds himself infatuated with a woman other than his wife and writes a manuscript to explore his feelings. Discovery of this manuscript understandably strains his marriage. Wedlocked offers readers an intimate, idiosyncratic view of a human institution that can so often fail, leaving its inhabitants lonely and adrift. Ponteri lays bare his inner life and in doing so provides all of us in monogamous relationships rich material to consider. Jay will be joined by Portland poet Emily Kendall Frey for readings from her new poetry chapbook collection, Baguette, and to engage in a discussion (with audience participation encouraged!).

Ethan Rutherford
The Peripatetic Coffin
Wednesday, May 22, 7pm
Alternately funny, menacing, and deeply empathetic, these wildly inventive stories mark the debut of a powerful new voice in contemporary fiction. Whether set aboard a Czarist-era Russian ship locked in Arctic ice, on a futuristic whaling expedition whose depredations guarantee the environmental catastrophe that is their undoing, or in a suburban basement where two grade-school friends articulate their mutual obsessions, these strange, imaginative, and refreshingly original stories explore the ways in which we experience the world: as it is, as it could be, and the dark contours that lie between.

Scott Elliott
Temple Grove
Thursday, May 23, 7pm
Deep in the heart of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula lies Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a gyppo logger desperate for work and a place to hide, has come to Temple Grove for the money to be made from the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees. Temple Grove is a gripping tale of suspense and a multilayered novel of place that captures in taut, luminous prose the traditions that tie people to this powerful landscape and the conflicts that run deep among them.

Dana Haynes
Ice Cold Kill
Thursday, May 30, 7pm
En route to an impromptu meeting with an old contact from her days in the Israeli Secret Service, Daria Gibron gets an unexpected and anonymous tipoff that she's about to walk into an ambush. Someone has linked her to a much sought-after terrorist, and now all the resources of the U.S. intelligence community are being marshaled against her. As she tries to escape the ever-tightening snare laid out for her, someone else is using the operation against her as a distraction to hijack a very dangerous, highly guarded shipment. Now the only person who can keep this shipment from falling into terrorist hands is the one person they chose to set up as a diversion. Daria Gibron is many things--trigger-happy, resourceful, focused, and extremely dangerous--but the one thing she isn't is anybody's fool.
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 all the picks for May. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Anderson McKean at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL, writes of this novel: "Marra expertly balances the pain and suffering inflicted during the Chechen conflict with exquisite moments of loyalty, sacrifice, humility, and enduring love. Aptly named, Marra's debut is indeed phenomenal."

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker

Nick Petrulakis of Books Inc. in San Francisco says this "debut novel takes a magical flight back to New York at the turn of the 20th century" and that it "brims over emotionally with love and loss, with longing, and with what it means to 'belong'--or not."

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
by Rhonda Riley
Nona Camuel of CoffeeTree Books in Morehead, KY, calls this "one of the most exquisitely beautiful novels I have ever read. Unconditional love in the face of an extremely unusual beginning to a relationship is one of the hallmarks of Riley's debut. I could not put this book down!"

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Anne Fowler

Karl Meutsch of Phoenix Books in Essex Junction, VT, writes: "Z gives voice to a much misunderstood and largely unknown literary figure. Any lover of the art, literature, and culture of the Jazz Age will not be disappointed with this read."

by Brian Kimberling

David Enyeart of Common Good Books in St. Paul writes: "These stories observe Nathan Lochmueller, bird researcher and romantic underachiever. By turns melancholy and suspenseful, optimistic and rueful, Snapper is warm, engaging, and wise."

New Travel Books  

New in Travel:

Walking Portland (2nd Edition)
by Sybilla Avery Cook
This compact guidebook will walk you through the best Portland has to offer. It includes step-by-step descriptions and detailed maps of 22 excursions--from half-mile strolls to more rigorous four mile jaunts. It will lead you along the Willamette River, through the elegant downtown and well-preserved older neighborhoods, and along the trails of popular city parks. If you're planning to visit Portland--or explore your hometown--you'll be sure you're on the right track with Walking Portland to guide you. (Not to be confused with Becky Ohlsen's recent book of the same name.)

Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road
by William Least Heat-Moon
This collection draws together for the first time Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, this work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

Imperial Dreams
by Tim Gallagher
The author journeys deep into Mexico's savagely beautiful Sierra Madre Occidental, home to rich wildlife, as well as to Mexican drug cartels, in a perilous quest to locate the most elusive bird in the world--the imperial woodpecker, a giant among its clan. Gallagher's passionate quest takes a harrowing turn as he encounters armed drug traffickers, burning houses, and fleeing villagers. His mission becomes a life-and-death drama that will keep armchair adventurers enthralled as he chases truth in the most dangerous of habitats.

Walking Distance
by Robert and Martha Manning
At the heart of Walking Distance are firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world's great long-distance hikes, spanning six continents and ranging from inn-to-inn to backpacking trips. Each entry--from Turkey's Lycian Way to Vermont's Long Trail--features personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, and useful tips, including suggestions for preparing for hikes and for additional reading. Each trail narrative is richly illustrated with color photographs and maps.