October 4 is First Friday!
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:
an autographed copy of:
Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest
by Sarah Swanson & Max Smith
For the kids, we're giving away a copy of:
I Could Chew on This, and Other Poems by Dogs
by Francesco Marciuliano
Craft Factory Story Hour
Friday Morning Storytime + Craft at The Craft Factory
We're excited to be partnering with our newest neighbors (located next door and upstairs)!
The Craft Factory is offering a free weekly storytime from 10:30-11 every Friday
morning, featuring picture books on loan from Annie Bloom's Books.
Afterward, take advantage of the storytime craft special: $5 for two
ornamental craft bases and unlimited embellishments. Find out more on
their website: craftfactorypdx.com.
October 2013 Author Readings, Music Books, and More
all about our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books
indie booksellers across the country are loving. See what's new in
Music books. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:
Tuesday, October 1, 7pm
Enter a world of tender friendships, staunch loyalties, violent
jealousies--and enduring love. When veterinarian Sheri Speede was
transporting a chimpanzee away from a biomedical facility as part of
her job as a conservation advocate in Cameroon, she discovered her true
calling. She founded the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. While
this is a compelling story about the emotional complexity of the
chimpanzees she rescued and befriended, it is also Dr. Speede's story.
Ultimately, Kindred Beings is a story of profound resilience, of both the apes and the woman who loved them.
Daughters of Fire
Thursday, October 10, 7pm
In this debut novel, a visiting astronomer falls in love with a
Hawaiian anthropologist who guides him into a Polynesian world of
volcanoes, gods and revered ancestors. The lovers get caught up in
murder and intrigue as developers and politicians try to conceal that a
long-dormant volcano is rumbling back to life above the hotel-laden
Kona coast. Peek's mystical and provocative debut novel picks up
Hawaii's story where James Michener left off. Daughters of Fire
illuminates how the islands' transformation into a tourist mecca and
developers gold mine sparked a Native Hawaiian movement to reclaim
their culture, protect sacred land, and step into the future with
wisdom and aloha.
A Simplified Map of the Real World
Monday, October 14, 7pm
Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of
families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional
stripper. In the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon, a man watches
his neighbor's big-screen TV through binoculars. An errant son paints
himself silver. Mysterious electrical humming emanates from an enormous
barn. A secret abortion from three decades ago gets a public
airing. Intimate boundaries are loosened by divorce and death in a rural
community where even an old pickle crock has an unsettling
history--and high above the strife and the hope and the often
hilarious, geese seek the perfect tailwind. Stevan Allred's stunning
debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook
Wednesday, October 23, 7pm
This cookbook features 75 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for
the health-conscious chocolate lover. Brozyna has created delicious
chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both
breakfast and dessert. Recipes include: Chocolate Crepe Cake with
Coconut Cream White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Biscotti Homemade
(dairy-free, low-glycemic) chocolate bars Chocolate Swirl Cheese Danish
Cake Lava Cakes Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies White Chocolate
Truffles Molten Chocolate Cherry Cordial Fudge and more.
Thursday, October 24, 7pm
The cry of an abandoned baby on the outskirts of an old Cuban town
attracts the attention--and then cracks open the life--of a wandering
tourist. Mia, an out-of-work actress whose life is adrift, finds herself
filled with purpose as she looks for a place the baby can call home. As
with any odyssey, the way home is filled with twists and turns. An
approaching hurricane further complicates matters. As she falls more
deeply in love with the baby, Mia makes increasingly drastic choices.
Her fluency as an actress allows her to play a real life high-stakes
role: she finds herself committing crimes for the sake of the child. As
she says, "Legal and moral are hardly the same."
Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil
Monday, October 28, 7pm
There is a contagious psychospiritual disease of the soul, a parasite
of the mind, that is currently being acted out en masse on the world
stage via a collective psychosis of titanic proportions. This
mind-virus--which Native Americans have called "wetiko"--covertly
operates through the unconscious blind spots in the human psyche,
rendering people oblivious to their own madness and compelling them to
act against their own best interests. Drawing on insights from Jungian
psychology, shamanism, alchemy, spiritual wisdom traditions, and
personal experience, author Paul Levy shows us that hidden within the
venom of wetiko is its own antidote, which once recognized can help us
wake up and bring sanity back to our society.
October 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 October. Here are a few of the selected titles (click
on a cover or title to read more on our website):
The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza reviewed this novel about Don, a
"brilliant geneticist" who "starts The Wife Project and commences the
search for the perfect spouse," and Rosie, who's searching for her
biological father. When the two meet, "much ado about a comedy of errors
ensues in this hilarious, quirky romance!"
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
by Jesmyn Ward
at Odyssey Bookshop in Massachusetts calls this "one of the rare
nonfiction books that seem destined to become a literary classic. Ward
intertwines the story of her life growing up poor and black in rural
coastal Mississippi with the lives of five young men she was close
to--including her brother--who died within a two-year span. This book
will break your heart, make you think, and get you angry."
Plus, check out these recent IndieNext picks, now out in paperback!:
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
Consider the Fork
by Bee Wilson
New Music Books
|Here are some of the best new books from our Performing Arts section:
Music: The Definitive Visual History
Produced in association with the Smithsonian and including images from
The National Music Museum in South Dakota, this book guides readers
through the progression of music since its prehistoric beginnings,
discussing not just Western classical music, but music from all around
the world. Anyone with an interest in music will enjoy learning about
the epic journey the art has taken over the years and will learn to
appreciate music with a new ear.
by Graham Nash
Graham is ready to tell his story: his lower-class childhood in
post-war England, his early days in The Hollies; becoming the lover
and muse of Joni Mitchell; reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Young; and his enduring career as a solo musician and
political activist. Wild Tales is a revealing look back at an
extraordinary life--with all the highs and the lows; the love, the sex,
and the jealousy; the politics; the drugs; the insanity--and the
sanity--of a magical era of music.
Kansas City Lightning
by Stanley Crouch
This biography follows Charlie Parker from the "freak shows" and "spook
breakfasts" of late-night Kansas City, to the segregated union halls
of Chicago, and finally to New York's Harlem ballrooms. Most
intimately, it brings us into young Charlie's family circle, as he
plunged headlong into a very adult world--lured by both music and
drugs, torn between his oddly protective mother and Rebecca Ruffin, the
impressionable young woman whose romance with Charlie is at the
bittersweet heart of this story.
Ready for a Brand New Beat
by Mark Kurlansky
Can a song change a nation? Released in July of 1964, "Dancing in the
Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. The song took on new
meanings, multiple meanings, for many different groups that were all
changing as the country changed. Told by the writer who is legendary
for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat
chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the
momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.