March 2014 Author Readings, Books on Music, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Got Cabin Fever?
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Books on Music

First Friday

March 7 is First Friday!


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:

I Am Malala 

by Malala Yousafzai


The kids' book prize is:

The Hobbit 

PLUS a cool Hobbit book bag!

Got Cabin Fever?  

If so, check out our latest theme section. Plan a getaway, or curl up with some armchair travel: 
1,000 Places to See Before You Die

by Patricia Schultz

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
by Jeff Kinney

by Cheryl Strayed

by Russell Shorto
A Fork in the Road
by James Oseland 
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March 2014 Author Readings, Books on Music, and More

We 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! 
Author Readings
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.

Mark Braverman
A Wall in Jerusalem
Monday, March 24, 7pm

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.

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 Magdalena)

Floyd Skloot
Wednesday, April 2, 7pm

Skloot's 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.

Lisa Alber
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.

Ted Mahar
Back in the Garden with Dulcy
Sunday, April 6, 2pm


Using 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 
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 March. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website): 

Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler

Bill 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

Pierre 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. Spectacular!"

The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman

Karen 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 novel."

Bark: Stories
by Lorrie Moore

Laurie 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.

by Morrissey
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.