November 2014 Author Readings, Sci-Fi, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Sci-Fi

First Friday

November 7 is First Friday!


We'll offer wine for your browsing enjoyment. Plus, we'll be 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 Book of Strange New Things

by Michel Faber

(with fancy bookmark!)  

For the kids, we'll be giving away:

The Lions of Little Rock

by Kristin Levine 

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November 2014 Author Readings, Sci-Fi, and More

Read all about our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And browse some of the latest titles in Fantasy and Science Fiction.  
Upcoming Readings
Authors Appearing at Annie Blooms:

Susan Winkler
Portrait of a Woman in White
Tuesday, November 4, 7pm

1940, France: The day before ardent young lovers Lili and her distant cousin Paul plan to marry, the Nazis invade Paris, and they are irrevocably thrust into the pressure cooker of war. The family flees toward Lisbon, but at the border Paul is detained and compelled to join the French army, while Lili is forced ahead to America. When a beloved Matisse portrait of Lili's mother is looted by top Nazi Hermann Goring, their fate is ultimately interwoven with that of the portrait. The search for lost family, lost love and lost art was inspired by the Portland author's family history, and while the Rosenswig family is fictitious, other key players and events include the historic, from Matisse and Goring to French museum spy Rose Valland.

Kate Gray, Stevan Allred & Joanna Rose
"Simplified Maps"
Wednesday, November 5, 7pm

Join us for this trio of local authors, each of whom will read from works containing "simplified maps." Kate Gray takes an unblinking look at bullying in her debut novel, Carry the Sky. Set at an elite Delaware boarding school 1983, Gray's novel sings a brave and honest anthem about what it means to be different in a world of uniformity. Stevan Allred's A Simplified Map of the Real World is set in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon. The book's fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper. Joanna Rose, a Portland writing instructor and author of the novel Little Miss Strange, will read from a work in progress that includes a "simplified map."

James Lenfestey
Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Tuesday, November 11, 7pm

In this transformative book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths and the ancient home of his idol, Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems. Lenfestey's voyage takes him from the Midwestern United States to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions to the country's rich historical and cultural landmarks. As he makes his way to the cave, Lenfestey learns more than history or geography; he discovers his identity as a writer and a poet. Interspersed with poems by both the author and Han Shan, Seeking the Cave will appeal to lovers of poetry and travel narrative alike.

Susan Blackaby
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon
Saturday, November 15, 2pm

From the rain forest to the desert to the mountains to the beach, cousins Liz and Danny are seeing it all as they spend their Christmas in Oregon. With everything from busy beavers to tumbling waterfalls, Oregon is showcased in this installment of the Twelve Days of Christmas in America series.

Phillip Margolin
Woman With a Gun
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm
at O'Connor's Vault

This compelling thriller centers on an intriguing photograph that may contain long-hidden answers to the mystery of a millionaire's murder. At a retrospective on the work of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is fascinated by the exhibition's centerpiece: the famous Woman with a Gun. She soon discovers the identity of the woman: a suspect in a ten-year-old murder investigation. Convinced that proof of the woman's guilt, or innocence, is somehow connected to the photograph, Stacey embarks on a relentless investigation. But the one person who may know the whole story--Kathy Moran--isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer, and get her to talk, or the truth about what happened that day will stay forever hidden in the shadows.
November 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 November. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

Blue Horses
by Mary Oliver

Roni at Bookmiser in Roswell, GA, writes: "Often humorous and always on target, Oliver has a way of telling a story with each of her poems. More than just a collection of poems, Oliver's books read like a comfortable novel--one to reread again and again."

by Charles D'Ambrosio

Jill at Powell's writes: "D'Ambrosio's essays are excitingly good. Absolutely accessible and incredibly intelligent, his work is an astounding relief--as though someone is finally trying to pull all the disparate, desperate puzzle pieces of the world together again."

Falling from Horses
by Molly Gloss

Rene at Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island writes: "Both brutal and beautiful, Falling from Horses is filled with stunning descriptions of the world of early movie-making and the landscapes that shape us."

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

Sheryl at Copperfield's Books in Sebastopol, CA, writes: "Stevenson's work providing legal aid to death row inmates exposes truly inhumane, unjust practices and astonishing legal carelessness often fueled by outright prejudice. This is a powerful book about one man's efforts to address injustice and a clarion call for reform--not just for those imprisoned, but for a society that has lost its way."

Plus, check out these former IndieNext picks, now out in paperback!

The Martian
by Andy Weir

Recommended in hardcover by Zack at Book Passage in Corte Madeira, CA.

by Lorrie Moore

Recommended in hardcover by Laurie at The Elliott Bay Book Company.

The Bird Skinner
by Alice Greenway

Recommended in hardcover by Pierre at Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, MI. 

New in Science Fiction & Fantasy  

Here are just a few of the latest and greatest:

The Slow Regard of Silent Things
by Patrick Rothfuss
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman named Auri lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. This is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri's life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri's eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.

The Magician's Land
by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Along with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of gray magic and desperate characters. The Magician's Land is an intricate and fantastical thriller, and an epic of love and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern fantasy. It's the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land finally becoming whole.

Raising Steam
by Terry Pratchett
Steam is rising over Discworld. Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements--earth, air, fire, and water--and it's soon drawing astonished crowds. To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork's formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of this new invention. Who better to take the lead than the man he has already appointed master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank? Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work--unless it is dependent on words, which are not very heavy and don't always need greasing. He does enjoy being alive, however, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs, and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all from going off the rails.

Lock In
by John Scalzi
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. The disease causes "Lock In": victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. As FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann begin to unravel the threads of a murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery--and the real crime--is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It's nothing you could have expected.

Endgame: The Calling
by James Frey
Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality...until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.