June 2013 Author Readings, History, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Father's Day
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
History Books

First Friday

June 7 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 next Friday night and register to win! 


This month, our adult prize is: Italian noir!

  Europa Editions' publication of Massimo Carlotto's latest mystery, At the End of a Dull Day. Plus, a matching cloth book bag.  


For the kids giveaway, we have another great package deal: a paperback advance copy of Susan Beth Pfeffer's forthcoming teen novel, The Shade of the Moon.  

This is the fourth entry in the Life as We Know It series. The book comes with a cool "survival kit," including first aid, granola bar, and mini flashlight! 

Books for Dad 

Father's Day is June 16! Here are a few suggestions for Dad: 


Between Man and Beast 

by Monte Reel


Eleven Rings 

by Phil Jackson


On the Map    

by Simon Garfield



by John Dunn


Made by Dad  

by Scott Bedford


Children of the Days  

by Eduardo Galeano

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June 2013 Author Readings, History, and More

Read all about our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Discover what's new in History. And drop by and see us on First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Dana Haynes
Ice Cold Kill
TONIGHT! 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.

Jeffrey Shaffer
'Night of the Living Humorist'
Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
shaffer Annie Bloom's own Jeffrey Shaffer is the author of I'm Right Here, Fish-Cake and It Came With The House, collections of short humor that one reviewer called "what you might find if The Twilight Zone crashed into Winesburg, Ohio." Rod Serling blended with Sherwood Anderson? It can happen because Shaffer's humor crosses all literary borders. He describes his presentation as "part stand-up comedy, part old-time medicine show, and a significant amount of gorilla (sic) theater." Sing-alongs and trivia contests will be included in the festivities.

Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Thursday, June 6, 7pm
This poignant and inspirational love story spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter, Julia, has any idea where he might be ... until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader's belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Andy Sharpless
The Perfect Protein
Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
Sharpless maintains that protecting wild seafood can help combat both overpopulation and famine, because seafood is the healthiest, cheapest, most environmentally friendly source of protein on earth. Sharpless believes that effective ocean stewardship can put healthy, sustainable seafood on the table forever. To that end, he has tapped twenty-plus chefs, including Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Jose Andres, for recipes that give us all a role to play in this revolutionary mission: to save the fish so that we can eat more fish.
June 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 June. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

The Son
by Philipp Meyer

Scott at Books, Inc. in San Francisco writes: "Epic yet intimate ... the best kind of historical fiction. Vivid characters and great storytelling bring to life a distant time and place. A great page-turner with a serious moral purpose."

The Silver Star
by Jeanette Walls

Linda at Pages in Manhattan Beach, CA, calls this novel a "wonderfully woven tale of perseverance, strong family bonds, the triumph of love and loyalty, and the emergence of unlikely heroes. Pitch perfect and pure pleasure!" [Published June 11. Click on the title or cover to pre-order now.]

by Colum McCann

Liza at Norwich Bookstore in Vermont calls this "a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel spanning the better part of two centuries. Events circle around and family stories overlap as personal history is passed from one generation to the next. This is a novel to be savored." [Published June 4. Click on the title or cover to pre-order now.]

Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver

[This paperback edition will be published June 4. Click on the title or cover to pre-order now.]

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
by Jonathan Evison
[Now out in paperback.]

New History Books  

Here are some of the finest 2013 releases from our History section:

Thinking the Twentieth Century
by Tony Judt
The author's final book unites the century's conflicted intellectual history into a single soaring narrative. The twentieth century comes to life as the age of ideas--a time when, for good or for ill, the thoughts of the few reigned over the lives of the many. Judt presents the triumphs and the failures of public intellectuals, adeptly extracting the essence of their ideas and explaining the risks of their involvement in politics. This book restores clarity to the classics of modern thought with the assurance and grace of a master craftsman.

Kill Anything That Moves
by Nick Turse
Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.

Double Cross
by Ben McIntyre
On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. A stunning military accomplishment, it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, tricked the Nazis into believing that the Allied attacks would come in Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. This epic event has never before been told from the perspective of the key individuals in the Double Cross system, until now.

God's Jury
by Cullen Murphy
Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years, pioneering surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past. God's Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. By understanding the Inquisition, Murphy argues, we come face to face with forces that shape the modern world.