January 2014 Readings, First Friday, and More!

In This Issue:
First Friday
Thank You
January Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Mysteries

First Friday

January 3 is First Friday!


Now that the holidays are over, keep the festive mood alive with a First Friday trip to Multnomah Village.


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!  


The adult prize is:

Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems

by William Stafford 


The kids could win:

Frog Trouble

by Sandra Boynton 

Thank You!  

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January 2014 Readings, First Friday, and More!
We're kicking off the new year with some great readings. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the latest Mysteries. Drop by and see us on First Friday
January Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Lauren Coodley
Upton Sinclair
Unfortunately, Lauren had to cancel her reading here. Sorry for any inconvenience.

William Stafford Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
Friends of William Stafford Board Member Susan Reese hosts this special Centennial Celebration of Oregon's great Poet Laureate. Featured readers include Barbara Drake, Joel Bettridge, Anmarie Trimble, Tom Hogan, Lisa Galloway and Susan DeFreitas. Feel free to bring a favorite William Stafford poem to share. Also, now available from Greywolf Press is Ask Me, a collection one hundred of Stafford's essential poems.

Stephanie Lehmann
Astor Place Vintage
Wednesday, January 22, 7pm
In this novel, Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she's on just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she's connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.

Phillip Margolin
Worthy Brown's Daughter
Monday, January 27, 7pm
The Portland author explores intriguing new territory in this compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder. One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

Kathy Masarie
Face to Face: Cultivating Kids' Social Lives in Today's Digital World
Tuesday, February 4, 7pm
As caring adults, we must protect the building blocks of kids' vitality and wellness. Outdoor play, family ties, safe havens, creativity, and rituals-these critical assets are especially vulnerable in a time of unprecedented busyness and ever-present media influence. To assist parents, grandparents, educators, and counselors in helping their children navigate the complexity of fostering relationships, we have written an inspiring guide: Face to Face: Cultivating Kids' Social Lives in Today's Digital World. The more people who read our book or hear our authors speak, the sooner we can shift the consciousness toward the value of real relationships in our kids' lives.

Mark Braverman
A Wall in Jerusalem
Thursday, February 6, 7pm
An American Jew, Braverman thought he understood the reasons for Israel's existence. But when he began to understand the forces perpetuating the conflict, he realized just how far we are from achieving peace. Drawing on the historical lessons of the Civil Rights movement and the struggle against South African apartheid, Braverman offers a course of action both at home and abroad that will bring about a just and lasting peace. He delivers a strong message to Jews and Christians alike: it is not anti-Semitic to stand up for justice for the Palestinian people. A Wall in Jerusalem offers a provocative and unique perspective on this controversial issue and specific, real-time prescriptions for action, with specific emphasis on the role of the church in our time.

Harriet Scott Chessman
The Beauty of Ordinary Things
Wednesday, February 12, 7pm

Back from a tour of duty in Vietnam, Benny Finn, eldest son in a large Irish-American family, strives to find his bearings amid the everyday life of 1973 New England. At a Benedictine abbey in rural New Hampshire, Sister Clare, a young novice, confronts the day-to-day realities of a cloistered existence. Linking these two is Isabel Howell, a college student soon to discover that she must chart the course of her own life in a way she could not have imagined. Deeply felt, often luminously moving, The Beauty of Ordinary Things carries forward the promise of Harriet Scott Chessman's earlier work, revealing a writer richly aware of the range of human tragedy and tenderness.

2014 PNBA Award Winners 
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has chosen the best books of last year that were written by Northwest authors:  

Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems
by Robert Wrigley
"Vividly evoking the natural world and that most complex of beasts, the human, who stumbles and dances through it, Robert Wrigley's ninth collection of poetry is a quietly illuminating and richly pleasurable read. He deftly joins story and song in these moving, wry, thought-provoking poems."
-PNBA Awards Committe

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
by Emily Winfield Martin
"The story couldn't be simpler: as you lie down to sleep, your dream animal appears to whisk you off to slumber. Not so simple is the sweet menagerie that does the whisking: bats and narwhales are among the animals that take the reader off to lunar landscapes and mermaid grottoes. Like Goodnight, Moon or any number of childhood favorites, this is a book you'll still love after the umpteenth reading. An instant classic."
-PNBA Awards Committee 

The Great War: July1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
by Joe Sacco
"This essential book's power is revealed in it's unique format. Printed on accordion-style paper to reveal 24 drawings that fold out to depict the first day in the Battle of the Somme, Sacco's black-and-white illustrations show the horror of the war by drawing us into details of the battle. Inside the endless winding trenches, nearby the constant explosions, and oddly both distinct from and very much a part of military regiment and routine, Sacco beautifully renders the devastation and human toll of the war."
-PNBA Awards Committee

The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
by Langdon Cook
"Intrepid writer, naturalist and foodie Langdon Cook takes us along on his journey into the often secretive world of mushroom gatherers and dealers on the West Coast. Cook is marvelous company--bright, inquisitive, and up for an adventure. This revealing volume is part memoir, part social study, part nature guidebook, part recipe collection, and completely compelling. You'll never look at a chanterelle the same way again."
-PNBA Awards Committee

A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
"In her newest work, she revels in Tokyo teen culture--this goes far beyond Hello Kitty--and explores quantum physics, military applications of computer video games, Internet bullying and Marcel Proust as well, all while creating a vulnerable and unique voice for the 16-year-old girl at its center.... Ozeki has produced a dazzling and humorous work of literary origami."
-The Seattle Times

We Live in Water
by Jess Walter
"Reading his short stories--a diverse lot, but with a strong dose of the down and almost out--it's easy to envision that you're meeting the people who stream by Walter's house. The tweakers, the cons, the people always two dollars short--they're all there, and in this book they're all here, in stories that twist and plumb, delivering unexpected laughs while playing with what it is we think we know."
-The Seattle Times
January 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 the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for January.

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
[published January 7]

Lynn at Nicola's Books from Ann Arbor writes: "Kidd gives us an outstanding view into the lives of two women whose reaction to slavery is the same--it must not continue. This is a splendid tale that will reaffirm the injustices of slavery and will open some eyes to how women were treated in the 1800s."

Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
by Anjan Sundaram
[published January 7]

Sarah at Watermark Books in Wichita writes: "This debut is the result of an 18-month occupation during which Sundaram is robbed, contracts malaria, and sees firsthand the undignified crushing of the human soul. This is reportage in its most excellent form: immediate, informative, and riveting."

The Bird Skinner
by Alice Greenway

Pierre at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids writes: "Following the amputation of one of his legs, ornithologist Jim Carroway withdraws from the world and settles on an island off the coast of Maine. His solitude is interrupted when the daughter of a friend he hasn't seen in thirty years arrives unannounced. Memories come back to haunt Jim over the summer the two spend together."

Decoding Your Dog
by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
[published January 7]

Stacie at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee writes: "Recent discoveries in the science of dog behavior merge with practical training approaches in this simple, direct guide for owners and caretakers of all levels of experience."

Plus, check out these prior IndieNext picks, now out in paperback:

Tenth of December: Stories
by George Saunders
[published January 7]

Love Water Memory
by Jennie Shortridge

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker

New Mysteries & Thrillers 

Here are some of the best new paperback titles from our Mystery section:  
Standing in Another Man's Grave
by Ian Ranking
For more than ten years, Nina Hazlitt feared the worst about her daughter's disappearance. The police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and her pleas to the cold case department go unheard. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Two more women have gone missing from the same road where Sally Hazlitt was last seen, and Rebus senses a connection. But pursuing it leads him into the crosshairs of adversaries both old and new.

Reconstructing Amelia
by Kimberly McCreight
Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is shocked when her daughter's exclusive Brooklyn private school calls to tell her that Amelia--her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old--has been caught cheating. But when Kate arrives at Grace Hall, she's blindsided by far more devastating news: Amelia is dead. Despondent, she's jumped from the school's roof. At least that's what Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. It's what she believes, too, until she gets the anonymous text: Amelia didn't jump. Now, Kate is going to find the truth--no matter where it leads.

Ice Cold Kill
by Dana Haynes
In Ice Cold Kill, Daria Gibron is a woman with a deadly past and an uncertain future. Living in exile in the United States after years working as a Shin-Bet agent, she's a thrill junkie who can't resist taking the occasional freelance job as an operative. It's a habit that has left a trail of corpses behind her--and high-powered enemies who have sworn revenge. Daria must outrun, outthink, and outmaneuver some of the best intelligence agencies in a lethal, international game of cat and mouse...while the lives of millions hang in the balance.

The Andalucian Friend
by Alexander Soderberg
Hector Guzman has fooled many women. Sophie Brinkmann, a widowed single mother, is no exception. She quickly learns, though, that his sleek façade masks something sinister. Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime ring. His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate who will stop at nothing to stake its claim. But the Guzmans are a family of fighters and will wage war to protect what's rightfully theirs. When Sophie is unwittingly caught in the crossfire, she must summon everything within her to navigate the intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obsession, and craven gamesmanship.

Speaking from Among the Bones
by Alan Bradley
Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they're found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters' diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred's death, the English hamlet of Bishop's Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint's tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find out. And what she unearths will prove there's never such thing as an open-and-shut case.