July 2013 Author Readings, Mysteries, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Construction Update
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Mysteries

First Friday

July 5 is First Friday!


Extend your 4th of July celebrations another day with First Friday in Multnomah Village!


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 a Much Ado About Nothing giveaway set. Three lucky winners will get: 

A movie pass for two people to enjoy Joss Wedon's new film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, plus a T-shirt and a bookmark.  


For the kids giveaway, we have another great package deal: a paperback advance copy of:  

Battling Boy

by Paul Pope, plus a T-shirt and a poster! Not officially released until October 8, you could be the first kid on your block to own this cool new book. 


This kid's graphic novel is aimed at the 10-and-up crowd. 

Construction Update 

The Great Sidewalk Project has moved to Annie Bloom's side of the street. We really appreciate your continued patience and support, as foot traffic is constantly rerouted all over Multnomah Village. As always, we remain open! 
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July 2013 Author Readings, Mysteries, 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 Mysteries. And drop by and see us on First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Gregory Nokes
Breaking Chains
Monday, July 8, 7pm
In Breaking Chains, Nokes tells the story of the only slavery case adjudicated in Oregon's pre-Civil War courts--Holmes v. Ford. Through the lens of this landmark case, Nokes explores the historical context of racism in Oregon and the West, reminding readers that there actually were slaves in Oregon, though relatively few in number. Breaking Chains sheds light on a somber part of Oregon's history, bringing the story of slavery in Oregon to a broader audience. The book will appeal to readers interested in Pacific Northwest history and in the history of slavery in the United States.

Sybilla Cook
Walking Portland
Thursday, July 11, 7pm
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.

Steven Goldsmith
The Healing Paradox
Thursday, July 18, 7pm
Why does Western medicine fail to cure chronic physical and mental illness? Dr. Steven Goldsmith's answer is at once counterintuitive and commonsensical: the root of the problem is our combative approach. Instead of resisting and fighting our ailments, we should cooperate with and even embrace them. Drawing on fascinating case studies and personal experiences from his forty-year career as a medical doctor and psychiatrist--as well as abundant clinical, experimental, and public health data--Dr. Goldsmith presents an exciting, revolutionary approach that will change the way you think about medicine and psychotherapy.

Karen and Jim Shepard
Tuesday, July 23, 7pm
Annie Bloom's is thrilled to host wife-and-husband author duo Karen and Jim Shepard. Karen Shepard's new novel is The Celestials. In June of 1870, seventy-five Chinese laborers arrived in Massachusetts to work for Calvin Sampson, one of the biggest industrialists in that busy factory town. This book beautifully reimagines the story of Sampson's "Chinese experiment" and the effect of the newcomers' threatening and exotic presence on the New England locals. Jim Shepard's latest, You Think That's Bad, is a wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience with brilliant scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers, all wholly convincing and utterly fascinating.

George Estreich & Matt Yurdana
Reading & Concert
Saturday, July 27, 4pm

Matt and George are good friends who write books separately and play music together. Matt sings and plays guitar. George avoids singing whenever possible, and plays other instruments instead, some of them homemade. Their music is acoustic, except when it is electric. Some of the music is written by Matt, who prefers to write music for other people's words. Even though they are writers, they are unable to agree on a band name. Their reading/concert will feature a group discussion in which a free book will go to the audience member suggesting the best band name not already in use.


Roosevelt High School Writers
Where the Roses Smell the Best
Monday, July 29, 7pm
This collection of poetry, prose, and vignettes is about what makes Portland special. These pieces were written by students of Roosevelt High School as well as established authors and poets.The result lets you see how Portlanders see Portland's people, places, and lifestyles. From the eccentric personalities who live among us to the natural beauty that surrounds us, this book captures Portland in its entirety. Where the Roses Smell the Best is the first publication of Roosevelt High School's Unique Ink Publishing. Unique Ink is a student-led publishing center whose mission is to work with the community to publish regional pieces. The publishing center will enable youth and adult writers to powerfully raise their voices.
July 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 July. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Carol at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI, says of this novel: "Painful and wonderful, gorgeous and horrifying, truly fantastic, essential and classic, this is a book to return to again and again."

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown

This history book concerns America's rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Carol at Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks in Truckee, CA, writes: "A most impressive story, expertly told!"

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sarah at Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, writes of this novel: "Sisters always have special relationships, but identical twin sisters are a world unto themselves, especially if they have ESP. Sittenfeld is a funny and sagacious chronicler of the world we live in and the ways in which we seek security, loyalty, and love."

Children of the Jacaranda Tree
by Sahar Delijani

Nichole at Bookshop Santa Cruz, CA, says that reading this novel "is like peering into the living rooms of families torn apart by counter-revolution measures in Iran. A deeply moving story of life, death, persecution, and survival."

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
by Daniel Smith

Now out in paperback!

Shout Her Lovely Name: Stories
by Natalie Serber

Now out in paperback! 

New Mysteries   

Here are some of the best new mysteries and thrillers:

Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen
Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff's office--has a human arm in his freezer. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it's not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first, he must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

A Delicate Truth
by John Le Carre
A counter-terrorist operation is mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar in order to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. So delicate is the operation that even the Foreign Office Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Three years later, questions arise as to the operation's outcome: Was it truly a success, or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

Beastly Things
by Donna Leon
This is the twenty-first Commissario Brunetti mystery. In Beastly Things, Leon lives up to her reputation as a writer unafraid to address the corruption underlying La Serenissima's outward beauty. When an unidentified murder victim winds up in a canal, Brunetti travels beyond his usual sphere to find the connection between the dead man and a local slaughterhouse.

The Yard
by Alex Grecian
Set in London in 1889, Jack the Ripper's reign of terror is finally over, but a new one has just begun. Only twelve detectives--The Murder Squad--are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. When a Scotland Yard Inspector is found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, it looks like the killer is after entire Murder Squad. But Inspector Walter Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer's motive.