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
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.
Authors Appearing at Annie Blooms:
Portrait of a Woman in White
Tuesday, November 4, 7pm
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
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."
Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Tuesday, November 11, 7pm
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.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon
Saturday, November 15, 2pm
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
Woman With a Gun
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm
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
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):
by Mary Oliver
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
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."
by Bryan Stevenson
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!
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.
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
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.