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:
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.
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!
July 2013 Author Readings, Mysteries, 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
Mysteries. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
|Here are some of the best new mysteries and thrillers:
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
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?
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
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