March 7 is First Friday!
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:
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
The kids' book prize is:
PLUS a cool Hobbit book bag!
March 2014 Author Readings, Books on Music, and More
have lots of great readings coming up! Plus, find out which new books
indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the
latest books on music. Drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:
Mary Anne Radmacher & Liz Kalloch
She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman
Tuesday, March 11, 7pm
Each page spread of She
features a collection of vintage art and ephemera elegantly designed
by Liz Kalloch paired with a love letter by Mary Anne Radmacher to each
quality along with a tribute to women's strength, character, and the
extraordinary capabilities within each and every woman. She
gathers the wisdom of many wise women including Madeleine L'Engle,
Laura Schlessinger, Erica Jong, Rachel Carson, Oprah Winfrey, Harper
Lee, Lucille Ball, Mother Teresa, Pearl Buck, Cheri Huber, Julia
Child, Drew Barrymore, and many more.
A Wall in Jerusalem
Monday, March 24, 7pm
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.
Oregon Woodshop Writers
Why in the Road
Wednesday, March 26, 7pm
The Woodshop Writers is a group of nine Oregon writers, five of whom will read from their anthology, Why in the Road: Forgive, Forget, Regrets.
The anthology is a diverse collection of humorous and emotional
personal essays, poems and short fiction pieces. Excerpts include:
"There will be dirty old men and crass people. I'm told we may be forced
to drink a beer every mile. I'm scared, but secretly excited." (Jamie
Caulley) and "My mother wouldn't come to me as a scary-ass spider,
would she? Hadn't losing her as a child been scary enough?" (Catherine
Wednesday, April 2, 7pm
recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt musings on the forces
of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from
childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning
his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of
his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading,
acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of
post-vertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England,
and even to a place known only in his mother's unhinged fantasies,
Skloot makes sense of a life's phantasmagoric unpredictability.
Kilmoon: A County Clare Mystery
Friday, April 4, 6:30pm
Multnomah Village's own Lisa Alber celebrates the release of her debut mystery, Kilmoon,
with a party at O'Connor's Vault. Cake, snacks, and an Irish Goody
Basket Giveaway! And Annie Bloom's will be on hand to sell books. In Kilmoon,
Californian Merrit Chase is desperate to mend her troubled past. She
travels to Ireland to meet her father, Liam, a celebrated matchmaker.
Why has Merrit's arrival triggered a rising tide of violence that
includes murder? Most of all, what lurks beneath Liam's charismatic
smile? As Merrit circles ever closer to the truth that emanates from
Kilmoon's grounds, she discovers just how far she and others will go to
get what they want. The truth isn't what it seems, and only her father
understands how vengeance can strike from beyond the grave.
Back in the Garden with Dulcy
Sunday, April 6, 2pm
humor and charm as she shared her weekly triumphs and humiliating
mistakes, Dulcy always reassured her readers that it was okay. "As a
gardener, I learn by trial and error, and error, and error," she
blithely confessed. Dulcy's column ran for more than twenty-two years,
showing her readers there was adventure and beauty in their own
backyards. Her columns were packed with solidly researched direction
and knowledge sprinkled with wit. Her fan base ranged from beginners to
master gardeners. When Dulcy died of ovarian cancer in July 2011,
devoted readers begged for her column to be reprinted. Through Dulcy's
editor, they urged her husband, Ted, to write a book.
March 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 March. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on
a cover or title to read more on our website):
by Nickolas Butler
at Fountain Square in Cincinnati writes: "This is a spectacular first
novel, full of wit, energy, love, and a true feeling of home. It's the
story of four men and a woman tied by their youth in a small town in
Wisconsin. Butler knows exactly what is happening inside men's heads and
he knows how to express their feelings without ever becoming maudlin.
Every note rings true."
The Spinning Heart
by Donal Ryan
at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids writes of this novel: "Ryan explores
the human cost of the recession with consternation, but not without
humor and great tenderness for his characters. This is a sobering
account of the social and economic situation in contemporary Ireland.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman
at Books, Inc. in San Francisco writes: "The setting is New York and
Brooklyn in 1911, where sideshow 'curiosities,' Russian emigre Jews, the
emerging workers unions, and the last wild beauty of Manhattan's rivers
and woods blend into a dream. This is a beautiful and sensational
by Lorrie Moore
at Elliott Bay in Seattle writes: "Is there any living writer who can
so effortlessly chronicle the messy absurdity, unintended humor, and
quiet pathos of the human condition better than Lorrie Moore?"
And here are two former Indie Next picks just out in paperback:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler
Songs of Willow Frost
by Jamie Ford
New Books on Music
Here are some of the best new books in our Performing Arts section:
Starting at Zero: His Own Story
by Jimi Hendrix
It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an
international cultural icon. But what of the man behind the public
image? Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in
intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the
mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written about him by
experts, fans, and critics, some of it true and some of it not. He did,
however, leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese
puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and
even stage raps. Starting at Zero brings all these elements
together in narrative form. The result is an intimate, funny, and
poetic memoir--one that tells, for the first time, Jimi's own story as
only he could tell it.
The Chronicle of Jazz
by Marvin Cooke
A year-by-year history of people and events, this lively multi-layered
account tells the whole story of jazz music and its personalities.
Cooke gives us a narrative rich with innovation, experimentation,
controversy, and emotion. Featuring hundreds of rare images, from
record-cover artwork to pictures of live performances, each
chronologically arranged section contains special box features on such
topics as the unique tonal qualities of the bass clarinet, jazz clubs
in Paris, personality sketches, and seminal gigs and albums. A
substantial reference section features information on international
jazz festivals, a glossary of musical terms, biographies of musicians,
and extensive discography, and further reading. A celebration of the
most imaginative and enduring music of the last 120 years, The Chronicle of Jazz is an essential work of reference for all music lovers.
Beethoven: The Man Revealed
by John Suchet
Suchet has had a lifelong passion for the man and his music. In this
book, he illuminates Beethoven's difficult childhood, his struggle to
find a wife, his ungovernable temper, his emotional volatility, his
tendency to push away those trying to help him, and in middle age his
obsessive compulsion to control his nephew's life. In this detailed and
absorbing biography, Suchet argues that it is perhaps more true of
Beethoven than of any other composer, that if you know what was going
on in his life, you listen to his music through different ears. Beethoven is a full and comprehensive account of a momentous life that takes the reader on an extraordinary journey.
Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey
has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has
had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades. His
songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne
Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and
Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006
Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers
of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was
voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide
newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of
Tel-Aviv. It has been said "Most pop stars have to be dead before they
reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime."
by Sam Wasson
More than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse's fingerprints
on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar,
Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly
every facet of American entertainment. Yet, in spite of Fosse's
innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him,
and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety. Now, Sam
Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing
Fosse's untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn
"The Pajama Game," "Cabaret," "Pippin," "All That Jazz," and "Chicago,"
one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Wasson's stylish,
effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as
he truly was--after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.