October 2013 Author Readings, Music Books, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Craft Factory Story Hour
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Music Books

First Friday

October 4 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 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

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October 2013 Author Readings, Music 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
Music books. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Sheri Speede
Kindred Beings
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.

Tom Peek
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.

Stevan Allred
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.

Kelly Brozyna
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.

Julie Trimingham
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."

Paul Levy
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 
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 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
Rachel 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
Caitlin 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.

Wild Tales
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.