September 2013 Author Readings, Sports Books, and More

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

First Friday

September 6 is First Friday!


Labor Day is past, but summer marches on. Enjoy a pleasant night in the Village with a trip to Annie Bloom's for 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 Skies Belong to Us

by Brendan I. Koerner


For the teens, we're giving away a copy of: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare

PLUS a cool matching T-shirt! 

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September 2013 Author Readings, Sports Books, and More

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

Warren Easley
Matters of Doubt
Tuesday, September 10, 7pm
When Cal Claxton decides to help a young homeless man in Portland accused of a brutal murder, he finds himself pitted against the police, the media and an angry citizenry. But that's child's play compared to the trouble he finds himself in when he starts to uncover the truth behind the crime. Formerly a research scientist and international business executive, award-winning author Warren C. Easley lives in Oregon where he writes fiction and tutors GED students.

Sarah Swanson & Max Smith
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest
Monday, September 16, 7pm
This is a lively, practical guide that helps readers discover 85 of the region's most extraordinary birds. Each bird profile includes notes on what they eat, where they migrate from, and where to find them in Washington and Oregon. Profiles also include stunning color photographs of each bird. Birds are grouped by what they are known for or where they are most likely to be found--like beach birds, urban birds, colorful birds, and killer birds.

Kelly Williams Brown
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm
Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, Adulting makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable, and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay. From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

Linda Lee Peterson
The Devil's Interval
Thursday, September 19, 7pm
Maggie Fiori uses her powers as a journalist to dig into the world of San Francisco's elite after a limo driver is convicted of murdering a socialite. Between managing her sons' soccer practices, saving her damaged marriage, and handling her maddening staff, Maggie fights to prove that the "Limousine Lothario" was guilty of no more than loving his mother.

Jan Baross
Ms. Baross Goes to Mexico
Wednesday, September 25, 7pm
"I'm a snow bird who leaves Oregon in the winter and flies down to the village of San Miguel de Allende, a small artists' colony in Mexico. For over 25 years I've been drawing the people and the changes, from traditional to modern life. Finally, I've finished editing hundreds of drawings into this graphic travel guide of 90 sketches with commentary and insights. It's my story of living, working, and most importantly, playing among Mexicans, Indians and gringos. Living in Mexico is so different from life in the USA." -Jan Baross

Katey Schultz
Flashes of War
Thursday, September 26, 7pm
Numerous characters--returning U.S. soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go--appear in Flashes of War, which captures personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one collection spanning nations and perspectives. Written in clear, accessible language with startling metaphors, this unforgettable journey leaves aside judgment, bringing us closer to a broader understanding of war by focusing on individuals, their motivations, and their impossible decisions.
September 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 September. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

Let Him Go
by Larry Watson

Nancy at Book Vault in Oskaloosa, IA, says: "Watson has written a novel that rivals his earlier work, Montana 1948, in character development, storyline, and excitement. Stunning and riveting, Let Him Go will not soon be forgotten."

The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon

Lynn at Books & Company in Oconomowoc, WI, writes: "Shannon has created a world that will set your imagination on fire and lure you in so absolutely that you will forget your surroundings. Mind-bendingly intense, rife with fascinating characters and an all-encompassing plot, The Bone Season will take you on one wild ride."

How the Light Gets In
by Louise Penny

Carol at Bookpeople of Moscow in Moscow, ID, writes of the latest Inspector Gamache mystery: "A plan by those at the very top to get Gamache out of the way once and for all, a murder, and a mysterious suicide intertwine in a complex and satisfying plot that never gives itself away."

Plus, here are a pair of 2012 IndieNext picks that are now out in paperback!:

This Is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz

A Hundred Flowers
by Gail Tsukiyama

New Sports Books 

Here are some of the best new books from our Sports section:

Oregon Sports Stories
by Bob Robinson
Oregon has its share of playmakers, dramatic finishes and legendary coaches. With humor and insight, Oregon native and longtime sportswriter Bob Robinson relates highlights from six decades of coverage throughout the state. In these twenty essays, Robinson offers a unique, behind-the-scenes account of some of Oregon's greatest sports moments and game-changing personalities.

Eleven Rings
by Phil Jackson
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the "Zen master" half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players' nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.

Southern League
by Larry Colton
Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama--perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict--the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team. More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots....and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.

Soccer in Sun and Shadow
by Eduardo Galeano
In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places. Soccer is a game that bureaucrats try to dull and the powerful try to manipulate, but it retains its magic because it remains a bewitching game--"a feast for the eyes ... and a joy for the body that plays it"--exquisitely rendered in the magical stories of Soccer in Sun and Shadow.

by John Dunn
This is a treasure of a memoir about the uncommon world of the club caddy and the improbable journey it resulted in for one man. John Dunn never expected that his summer job as a caddy at the local course in Connecticut might turn into something more. One adventure after another kept him coming back summer after summer, until--out of college--he found himself migrating with the seasons, looping at some of the most exquisite and exclusive golf locations in the world and embracing the freedom of what he calls the last vagabond existence in America, all while trying to decide whether to quit the loop and get a real job. Maybe next season...