November 2013 35th Anniversary, Author Readings, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Craft Factory Story Hour
35th Anniversary Party
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks

First Friday

November 1 is First Friday!


We'll be celebrating our 35th anniversary with an extra-festive First Friday. We will serve cupcakes, champagne, wine, cheese, and crackers. 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 Novel Cure
by Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin


For the kids, we'll be giving away:

God Got a Dog

by Cynthia Rylant 

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:

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35th Anniversary, Author Readings, and More

Read all about our 35th Anniversary Celebration! Also, check out our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And come to our special First Friday Anniversary Party! 

35th Anniversary Party

Annie Bloom's 35th anniversary celebration begins today!

We're celebrating the landmark occasion with a week of giveaways. Beginning today (Tuesday, October 29), we'll hold a daily drawing for a $35 gift card. Also during this coming week, purchases of $35 or more will earn you a free book bag, courtesy of select publishers and while supplies last.


Plus, come to our special Anniversary Party on First Friday! (see left for details

Upcoming Readings
November Readings at Annie Blooms:

Christopher Lord
The Edwin Drood Murders
Monday, November 4, 7pm
The Droodists have arrived in Dickens Junction. When a priceless ring and a rare Dickensian artifact go missing, local bookstore owner Simon Alastair and reporter-partner Zach Benjamin learn that someone will do anything--including murder--to obtain an object of desire. The Dickens Junction mystery series began last year with The Christmas Carol Murders, a book Chelsea Cain called "a love letter to both Dickens and to the small town amateur detectives who've kept the peace in hamlets from River Heights to Cabot Cove."

Camille Cole
The Brass Bell
Thursday, November 7, 7pm
This is the life story of Cole's great aunt Marion Parsons. She built a school in her father's cherry orchard in 1927. She helped usher her community through dangerous times and, for those who remember her, she is still their greatest hero. Hundreds have come forward to share their fond memories of sleigh rides, trips to New York City, and the terror of being called to Miss Parson's office. She may have given up her dreams to run that school for 25 years. She may have realized her dreams.

Rob Yardumian
The Sound of Songs Across the Water
Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
It's the summer of 1995, and in the heat of the hills above Los Angeles, Riley Oliver is trying to find redemption in rock 'n' roll. Fifteen years have passed since his band flamed out at CBGB, and Riley sees the life his former guitarist Will Taylor has built--successful producing career, the lovely Lena for a wife, a gated home--and he wants some of that luck for himself. In addition to reading from his novel, Rob will be performing acoustic renditions of the songs that appear on the CD that accompanies The Sound of Songs Across the Water. He'll be joined on guitar by David Lane, who produced the recordings.

Bette-B Bauer
Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
Inscapes is a remarkable memoir about one woman's determination to follow her desire for a life of spiritual freedom that leads her from Oregon to San Francisco, to Paris and beyond. The author's journey of transformation, from solitary alienation to a sense of belonging in the world, is insightful, funny and moving. Bauer's exploration of the dynamic influences of "place" offers a powerful glimpse into her mind and spirit. Each new home that she makes for herself brings the author closer to understanding the intimate connection to the natural world that has shaped much of her inner life.

Susan Blackaby
Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise
Saturday, November 16, 1pm
Kids will love this wintry-wonderful follow-up to the popular Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox. Brownie is ready for a long winter's nap. "Just don't wake me up," she warns. But her friends miss her so much that they can't bear to obey her orders--and they turn Brownie's "do not disturb" into a comic commotion, complete with a stunningly beautiful nighttime surprise. Portland author Susan Blackaby has created a fun romp filled with delightful wordplay, enhanced by Carmen Segovia's illustrations featuring splashes of color against a snowy backdrop.

Theo Pauline Nestor
Writing Is My Drink: A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice
Wednesday, November 20, 7pm
"Theo Nestor is a writer who, I am positive, will be heard from," wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, and hear from her we do in this enthralling memoir that doubles as a witty and richly told writing guide. Yet the real promise in Writing Is My Drink lies in Nestor's uncanny ability as a storyteller and teacher to make sure we'll also hear from you, the reader. Brimming with stories from her own writing life, and paired with practical "Try This" sections designed to challenge and inspire, this disarmingly candid account of a writer's search for her voice delivers charming, wise, and often hilarious guidance that will motivate writers at every stage of their careers.

Lisa Borders & Ron MacLean
The Fifty-First State & Headlong
Thursday, November 21, 7pm
The Fifty-First State is the new novel from Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land. After her father's death, Hallie Corson returns from her New York photographer's life to her south Jersey hometown to care for her long-estranged brother during his final year of high school. As they learn their family's history, Josh and Hallie will invite disaster into their lives, and will learn, together, to navigate its currents, keeping further losses at bay.
Ron MacLean
's Headlong is a literary thriller about fathers, sons, murder, immaturity, anarchism, marriage, friendship, and failure. Nick, a 42-year-old former journalist, has returned to Boston to tend to his dying father. He soon becomes involved in a web of protest, eco-terrorism, and violence.
November 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 November. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
Jocelyn at Bookshop Santa Cruz writes: "Always balancing the serious with the silly, the dark with the ridiculous, Brosh says the things we wish we could, admits the things we're ashamed of, and explores what we're afraid of, always with color and humor and, ultimately, with hope. And don't forget the scribbles!"

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste
by Luke Barr
Jennifer at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston writes of this time when "the most influential personalities of French cuisine gathered to cook and eat together." She calls this "a fascinating glimpse into culinary history. Deliciously entertaining reading!"

The Cartographer of No Man's Land
by P.S. Duffy
Bill at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor writes: "This book takes its place in the ranks of unforgettable World War I novels. Duffy deftly portrays the total destruction wrought by combat. A powerful and poignant debut."

Plus, check out these former IndieNext picks, now out in paperback!

The Dinner
by Herman Koch

May We Be Forgiven
by A.M. Homes

The Death of Bees
by Lisa O'Donnell