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!
June 2013 Author Readings, History, and More
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 at Annie Blooms:
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.
'Night of the Living Humorist'
Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.