July 2014 Author Readings, Mysteries, and More

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In This Issue:
No First Friday
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Mysteries

No First Friday

fireworks-summer.jpgDue to the 4th of July holiday, most Multnomah Village businesses will not be hosting First Friday events this month. Annie Bloom's will close at 6pm that evening. Enjoy the fireworks!
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July 2014 Author Readings, Mysteries, and More

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 Mysteries. And please note that First Friday has been postponed this month.
Upcoming Readings
Authors Coming Soon to Annie Blooms:

Warren Easley
Dead Float
Wednesday, July 16, 7pm
Cal Claxton--a small town lawyer who works to fish--has to pinch himself when his best friend and fishing guide asks him to help guide an upcoming trip with a group of executives from a high-tech firm in Portland. But the trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when a member of the fishing party is murdered. Everyone in the party is a suspect, including Cal himself. Does the fact that the company's value is about to explode play into the crime? And what about the freight line running along the river? All Cal knows is that he better come up with answers because he's suspect number one.

Liz Prato, Wendy Willis & Bonnie ZoBell
Short Stories & Poetry
Thursday, July 24, 7pm
Join us for this excellent trio of authors from independent publishing house Press 53. Multnomah Village writer Liz Prato is thrilled to announce that her short story collection will be published by Press 53 in May 2015. Liz is the editor of the recently published The Night, and the Rain, and the River, a collection of short stories by Oregon authors. Blood Sisters of the Republic is Portland poetWendy Willis's first collection. Bonnie ZoBell's linked novella and story collection, What Happened Here, delivers a wildly different cast of characters living on the same block in North Park, San Diego, site of the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978.

Dana Haynes
Gun Metal Heart
Thursday, August 21, 7pm
Daria Gibron, a freelance operative with a long and deadly history, has been slowly recovering from the injuries sustained from her last case (in Ice Cold Kill). Hiding out in a town in rural Italy, she has been staying as far off the map as she can--until she's tracked down by an old colleague. Diego had been a bodyguard in Florence, protecting an engineer and her invention, when they were attacked by a highly trained paramilitary group. At the same time, a small group of disgraced CIA agents have been waiting for their chance to exact revenge on the person they blame for their discharge--Daria Gibron. When they learn she's in contact with Diego, they get the okay from their former bosses to take her out.
July 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 July. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

The Queen of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen
Jerry at The Bookstore in Radcliff, KY, writes: "A brilliant tale, brilliantly told. It has everything--magic, high adventure, mystery, and romance. This is the book everyone will be reading and recommending this summer."

The Care and Management of Lies
by Jacqueline Winspear
Raul at BookPeople in Austin writes: "In this poignant portrait of the lives of two friends during the Great War, Winspear draws on her skill as a storyteller to illustrate the changes and opportunities these years brought to women. Like many stories of the Great War, this one is not without tragedy."

The Quick
by Lauren Owen
Billie at Powell's Books writes: "With its formal language, diverse cast of characters, explorations of prejudice and oppression, and a bloody secret at its center, The Quickis very much a Victorian gothic novel written for a 21st century reader."

Plus, check out these former Indie Next List picks, now out in paperback:

The Girl Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes
Recommended in hardback by Josh at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA

Night Film
by Marisha Pessl
Recommended in hardback by Flannery Fitch at Bookshop Santa Cruz (also an Annie Bloom's staff favorite!)

by Jo Baker
Recommended in hardcover by Mary at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT 

New Mysteries & Thrillers 

Here are some of the most suspenseful new releases:

Any Other Name
by Craig Johnson
Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life. The detective's family and the Campbell County sheriff's office beg Walt to drop the case. An open-and-shut suicide they say. But there's a blood trail too hot to ignore, and it's leading Walt in circles: from a casino in Deadwood, to a mysterious lodge in the snowy Black Hills of South Dakota, to a band of international hit men, to a shady strip club, and back again to the Campbell County sheriff's office. Digging deeper, Walt will uncover a secret so dark it threatens to claim other lives before the sheriff can serve justice--Wyoming style.

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot
by Ace Atkins
Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots' marquee players--a hard-nosed linebacker who's earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his slick agent hires Boston PI Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his client. Heywood's troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. But when Heywood's nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston's underworld begins, Spenser puts together his own all-star team of toughs. It will take both Hawk and Spenser's protégé, Zebulon Sixkill, to watch Spenser's back and return the child. A controversial decision from Heywood only ups the ante as the clock winds down on Akira's future.

The Way of All Fish
by Martha Grimes
In Grimes's new sendup of a world she knows very well, Candy and Karl, hitmen with a difference--they have scruples--once again venture into the murky Manhattan publishing scene. This time they come to the aid of a writer who is being sued by her unscrupulous literary agent, L. Bass Hess, a man determined to get a 15 percent commission for a book he didn't sell. The contract killers join forces with publishing mogul Bobby Mackenzie and mega-bestselling writer Paul Giverney to rid the mean streets of Hess, not by shooting him, but by driving him crazy. They are helped by other characters from Foul Matter and a crew of new colorful personalities, including an out-of-work Vegas magician, an alligator wrangler, a glamorous Malaysian con lady, and Hess's aunt in Everglades City, who has undergone a wildly successful sex change.

Light of the World
by James Lee Burke
Now out in mass market paperback, this is the twentieth mystery in the Dave Robicheaux series. Sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux's daughter Alafair, Surrette escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana, where Dave and his family have come to take in the sweet summer air. But before Dave can stop Surrette from harming those he loves most, he'll have to do battle with Love Younger, an enigmatic petrochemical magnate seeking to build an oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas, and Wyatt Dixon, a rodeo clown with a dark past whom Burke fans will recall from his Billy Bob Holland novels.