June 2014 Patterson Grant, Author Readings, History, and More

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First Friday
Books for Dad
Patterson Grant
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
History Books

First Friday

June 6 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 next Friday night and register to win! 

 

This month, our adult prize is: 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 

by Gabrielle Zevin

For the kids giveaway, you could win:

The Numberlys

by William Joyce & Christina Ellis 

Books for Dad

Father's Day Is June 15! Here are a few ideas for Dad:

 

Dad Is Fat 

by Jim Gaffigan

 

1954 

by Bill Madden

 

The Reluctant Father 

by Phillip Toledano

    

How to Stay Alive in the Woods 

by Bradford Angier 

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June 2014 Patterson Grant, Author Readings, History, and More


Annie Bloom's received a grant from James Patterson! Also, read all about our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Discover what's new in History. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 

Thank You, James Patterson!  

We're thrilled to announce that we are being awarded a generous grant by author James Patterson. As you may have noticed, we've been using the same outdated DOS-based computers since last millennium. Thanks to the grant, we'll soon be upgrading to a brand new inventory and point-of-sales system. Ringing up your purchases and placing your orders will be streamlined dramatically, leaving us more time for what really matters: chatting about books.

We expect
 only one member of the Annie Bloom's staff to be negatively affected. Sorry, Molly--flat-screen monitors are on the way!
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

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.

Robert Rotstein
Reckless Disregard
Tuesday, June 10, 7pm
  
Former topnotch attorney Parker Stern, still crippled by courtroom stage fright, takes on a dicey case for an elusive video game designer, Poniard. In his game, Abduction!, a real-life movie mogul is charged with kidnapping and murdering a beautiful actress, and the mogul responds with a libel lawsuit. In defending Poniard, Parker discovers that people aren't who they claim to be and that nothing is as it seems.

Jack Hart
Skookum Summer
Thursday, June 19, 7pm
  
As Skookum Summer begins, the year is 1981, and reporter Tom Dawson slinks back to his tiny Puget Sound hometown after making a disastrous mistake at the LA Times. Working reluctantly at the local weekly, the Big Skookum Echo, Tom is drawn into investigating a powerful logger's murder. As the mystery deepens, the murder exposes the strains on the community as pollution, development, and global change threaten traditional Northwest livelihoods. It also forces Tom to confront his own past and discover what home really means to him. Hart weaves together a gripping and suspenseful plot with richly observed Pacific Northwest history and a vivid picture of a community on the brink of change.

Kate Payne
The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen
Wednesday, June 25, 7pm
  
Payne shows you how to master basic cooking techniques--boiling, baking, and sauteing--and simplifies the process of fancy ones, like jamming and preserving, dehydrating, braising, roasting, infusing, and pickling. With this straightforward and fun guide, you can stock up your kitchen with the ingredients, tools, and appliances you'll actually use. You'll also learn how to decode recipes and alter them to make them gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.

Janet Fisher
A Place of Her Own
Thursday, June 26, 7pm
  
When Martha Maupin's husband died in 1866, leaving her alone on the frontier with their many children, she was torn between grief and relief after a difficult marriage. Lone mothers had few options in her day, but she took charge of her own dream and bought her own place, which is now one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. This is the story of the author's great-great-grandmother's daring decision to buy that farm on the Oregon frontier after the death of her husband--and story of the author's own decision to keep that farm in the family.
June 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 June. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
by Joel Dicker
 
Catherine at Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City writes: "A blocked and struggling author sets out to prove his mentor's innocence. In the end, everyone is guilty--not in a Murder on the Orient Express kind of way--but in the dozens of small ways the denizens of any town can be complicit in wrongdoings. A compelling read!"  

Fourth of July Creek
by Smith Henderson
 
Luisa at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, writes: "Benjamin Pearl is a child being raised in the Montana Wilderness who comes to the attention of Pete Snow, a local social worker. While tracking the tragedies of the Pearl family, Pete is confronted with the limitations of his own relationship skills. Henderson balances the harshness of his tale with rich dialog and beautiful writing. This is an astounding debut that surprises until the very end." 

These 2013 Indie Next Picks are now out in paperback:

The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel James Brown
 
Recommended in hardcover by Carol at The Bookshelf in Truckee, CA.

We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
 
Recommended in hardcover by Annie at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
 
Recommended in hardcover by Carol at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI.

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simson
 
Recommended in hardcover by Rachel at Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY. 

New History Books  

What's new in History? Here are some of the highlights:

Astoria
by Peter Stark
In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation's landscape and global standing. Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey.

Dark Invasion
by Howard Blum
At the page-turning pace of a spy thriller,Dark Invasion tells the remarkable true story of New York Police Department captain Tom Tunney and his pivotal role in discovering, and delivering to justice, a ruthless ring of German terrorists determined to annihilate the United States. Overwhelmed and undermatched, Tunney's small squad of cops was the David to Germany's Goliath, the operatives of which included military officers, a germ warfare expert, a gifted Harvard professor, a bomb technician, and a document forger. The NYPD's efforts to unravel the extent of the German plot and close in on its perpetrators are revealed in this riveting account of America's first encounter with a national security threat unlike any other--the threat of terrorism--that is more relevant now than ever.

The Men Who United the States
by Simon Winchester
In this monumental history, Winchester brings together the breathtaking achievements of those American pioneers who helped to forge and unify the new nation, and who toiled fearlessly to bond the citizens and geography of the United States from its very beginnings. This sweeping narrative details how these daring men--some famous, some forgotten--left their mark on America's natural landscapes, through courage, ingenuity, and hard work. The Men Who United the States is an unforgettable journey of unprecedented scope across time and open spaces, providing a new lens through which to view American history.