May 2014 Author Readings, Travel, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Travel Books
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
Viva Magazine

First Friday


May 2 is First Friday!

 

We'll be serving wine and 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 Interestings 

by Meg Wolitzer

 

And the winner of our kids' drawing will receive:

A Bad Case of Stripes 

by David Shannon

Each winner will also get a matching striped book bag!

 

Parents, enjoy a night out on the town on  

First Fridays! Drop-in child care from 6-8 pm, $5 at Riversgate Church, 3612 SW Troy. 

 

May's spotlight stores are:

 

Jones & Jones Jewelers: Explore the high quality and artistic jewelry available, have a one of a kind custom design done

 

The Craft Factory: Make an unforgettable gift for your mother!

 

Northwest Wools: 25th year celebration, honoring Linda Berning and celebrating her retirement.

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May 2014 Author Readings, Travel, and More


Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Let our Travel books carry you away. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Upcoming Readings
Here's Who's Reading at Annie Bloom's:

Justin Go
The Steady Running of the Hour
Monday, May 5, 7pm
  
This novel unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century. In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson--whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.

Sher Davidson
Under the Salvadoran Sun
Wednesday, May 15, 7pm
  
Portland author Davidson's debut novel is about a woman's search for a new purpose for her life in the embrace of post civil war El Salvador. It's love, sex and altruism in the hot and sensual arms of Central America. By a chance meeting with her former lover, Angela, an artist and widow from Seattle, is drawn into assisting him at a Salvadoran orphanage, supervised by an irreverent nun. More is at stake for Angela when she has to confront her daughters' discovery of her past transgression. As the story unfolds, Angela faces the complex world of Salvadoran gangs, threatening to entrap the young boys of the orphanage and secrets that jeopardize her relationship with her lover, Liam.

Jenny Milchman & Lauren Sweet
A Road Diverged in a Wood: Two Writers, Two Choices, Two Very Different Careers
Tuesday, May 27, 7pm
  
Jenny Milchman and Lauren Sweet met in a writers' group in 1998. Little did either of them know how long their journeys to publication would be, or what different paths they would take. Jenny has two novels published by Random House. Lauren has self-published one novel and the first three segments of a nine-novella series. In a lively, discussion-style format, Jenny and Lauren will talk about the choices they made and how their careers have taken off, answer questions from the audience, and offer ways to find the publication path that might be right for you.

Maxwell Neely-Cohen
Echo of the Boom
Monday, June 2, 7pm
  
Efram gets kicked out of every school in the known universe. Molly is raised in total isolation by survivalists. Steven grows up globetrotting with his ex-spy father. Chloe rules three thousand students with an iron fist. A frenetic journey through contemporary youth culture, Echo of the Boom follows the lives of these four characters as their narratives orbit and intertwine. They wage personal wars, grapple for power, and attempt to understand their roles in the future of society--or their destiny in hastening its destruction. The result is a mesmerizing collection of triumphs and calamities, a chronicle brimming with the language of music, social networking, and video games. Equal parts Gossip Girl andGravity's RainbowEcho of the Boom represents a new kind of literature explicitly suited to twenty-first century.

Oregon Short Story Writers
The Night, and the Rain, and the River
Thursday, June 5, 7pm
   
   
Join us for this wonderful reading! Four Oregon authors--Jan Baross, Gail Bartley, Steve Denniston, and Jackie Shannon Hollis--read from The Night, and the Rain, and the River, an anthology from local publisher Forest Avenue Press, and edited by Multnomah Village's own Liz Prato. A current of longing runs through twenty-two short stories by Oregon writers. As the characters strive for connection, they make mistakes, reach out to the wrong people, and recalibrate their lives based on what they desire, whether or not it's attainable--or even a good idea.
May 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 May. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
 
Harriet at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, OH, writes of this World War II novel: "Gorgeously written, Doerr's epic  tale brings alive the beauty of two souls, their quest for learning, the turbulent times they cannot control, and the rock that mysteriously guides their fate."

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
by Francine Prose
  
Elaine at Book Passge in Carte Madera, CA, writes: "I, like so many others, have wondered about the famous Brassai photograph of two women sitting together at a table in Paris [see above]. By constructing a novel from their pose, Prose manages to give us truths that go deep into the souls of the characters. I was mesmerized by this magnificent novel." 

The Serpent of Venice
by Christopher Moore
 
Carol at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI, writes: "This novel continues the adventures of Pocket, the titular jester of Fool, as he befriends Shylock's daughter, tries to straighten things out for Othello and Desdemona, and gets mixed up in Venetian politics, some of which bear a disturbing similarity to current events. Hilarious, thought-provoking, and thoroughly enjoyable!"

And here are two former Indie Next picks now out in paperback:

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
 

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
by Andrew Sean Greer
  

New Travel Books  

New paperbacks from our Travel Lit section:

Walking Home: A Poet's Journey
by Simon Armitage
Nineteen days, 256 miles, and one renowned poet walking the backbone of England. With equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, Armitage has taken on Britain's version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way. Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words, "to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self." 

Paris at the End of the World
by John Baxter
During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital; Germany's "Paris Gun" and enemy aviators routinely bombarded the city. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition, embracing the lush and the libertine. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he uses to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years. Uncovering a thrilling chapter in Paris's history, John Baxter's revelatory new book shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city we love today.

I Never Knew That About New York
by Christopher Winn
This book is a treasure trove of fascinating trivia about the city that never sleeps. Did you know that Grand Central Terminal is the largest railway station in the world? Or that when Queen Elizabeth II visited Trinity Church in 1976, she was presented with 279 peppercorns in back rent? Or that Macy's owns almost a full city block ... but not the real estate its famous sign featuring its signature red bag is on? Take a delightful journey from the bottom of the island of Manhattan to the top and discover extraordinary facts about New York along the way.

Italian Ways
by Tim Parks
The author delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy. Italian Ways is an entertaining attempt to capture the essence of modern Italy. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians conductors and ticket collectors, priests and prostitutes, scholars and lovers, gypsies and immigrants Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal architecture amid grand monuments; and an undying love of a good argument and the perfect cappuccino. As Parks writes, "To see the country by train is to consider the crux of the essential Italian dilemma: Is Italy part of the modern world, or not?"