November 2019: Author Readings, First Friday, Indie Next Picks, and New Sci-Fi

November 2019: Author Readings, First Friday, Indie Next Picks, and New Sci-Fi
 
Find out which authors are reading here soon, get ready for First Friday, check out the latest picks from Indie Next, and see what's new in Sci-Fi. But first....
 
New & Upcoming Releases
 
These books are among the most anticipated new releases. Click on a cover or title to order from our website.
by John le Carré
Out Now!
 
Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.
by Prince
Out Now!
 
This is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.
by Jeff Kinney
Out: November 5
 
In Wrecking Ball, an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley's family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?
by Anonymous
Out: November 19
 
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed Writer. Described as "a senior official in the Trump administration," Anonymous offers a firsthand account of one of the most consequential presidencies in American history.
 
First Friday
 
On November 1, visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.
 
For your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our monthly drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night to sign up.
One lucky adult will win:
 
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has attracted one of the world's largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. Now, Tyson invites us to go behind the scenes of his public fame by revealing his correspondence with people across the globe who have sought him out in search of answers. In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator. Tyson's most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson's quest to explore our place in the cosmos.
And our kids prize is:
 
by Mike Lowery
 
From the creative brain of Mike Lowery, discover the ULTIMATE book about all things prehistoric! Featuring fun facts, dinosaur jokes, comics, timelines, and more! The Boys' Book of Survival meets Dav Pilkey with a prehistoric twist, in this definitive, go-to book about everything AWESOME you EVER wanted to know about dinosaurs. Discover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about dinosaurs, told in Mike Lowery's signature comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. This will be the go-to book for dinosaur enthusiasts that kids will put in their backpacks and obsess over, bridging the gap between encyclopedic nonfiction content and lighter picture book fare, filling the need with a one-stop shop for the legions of 6-9 year olds who want to know absolutely everything there is to know about dinosaurs.
 
Upcoming Author Readings
 
Enjoy these final readings of our 2019 events season!
Moments of the Heart
Tuesday, November 5, 7pm
 
The Portland author will read from her new book. There are many paths to Jewish ideals, and Moments of the Heart takes readers by the hand in a non-intimidating way to explore Jewish thoughts, choose a kinder life, and be empowered. Approachable and inviting to both secular readers and all walks of faith who wish to cultivate a deeper ethical awareness and spiritual connection, Dorice Horenstein's book serves to encourage everyone to live fully and wholeheartedly--heart, mind, and soul.
This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story
Wednesday, November 6, 7pm
 
The local memoirist will be joined in conversation with her husband, Bill Hollis. When Jackie marries Bill, a man who does not want children, she joyfully commits to a childless life. But soon after the wedding, she returns to the family ranch in rural Oregon and holds her newborn niece. Jackie falls deep into baby love and longing and begins to question her decision. As she navigates the overlapping roles of wife, daughter, aunt, sister, survivor, counselor, and friend, she explores what it really means to choose a different path. This Particular Happiness delves into the messy and beautiful territory of what we keep and what we abandon to make the space for love.
BigFoot Moon: formerly The American Quarterly Review: a Portland Novel
Thursday, November 7, 7pm
 
In the Portland author's novel, when beatnik sailor Bill Caxton waded ashore near Manzanita in 1958, he encountered an extraordinary local woman. 40 years later, he's searching for the son they conceived. But the eccentric detective he's hired must also solve a murder. Given these distractions, Caxton hands over the operation of his literary magazine--The American Quarterly Review--to two newcomers, and they argue about how to revamp the magazine. Their next issue becomes this novel. Portlanders will recognize Manzanita, the American Stonehenge at Maryhill WA, Portland's West Hills and the Pittock Mansion, the setting for the climax. Some may have heard the story of Sir Francis Drake's alleged landing on Oregon's coast in 1579, or recognize Portland in 1895--to which one character finds himself transported.
Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
 
Please join Annie Bloom's Books for this special event with local children’s book authors Dawn Prochovnic, Elizabeth Rusch, Hannah Holt, and Carmen Bernier-Grand. Connecting personally with an author can spark a lifelong interest in reading, writing, the arts -- and even science. The authors will cover the many ways students can connect with authors including web-based resources, classroom-based resources, educational YouTube videos, and good old fashioned fan letters, and they’ll discuss tips for attracting authors to school and community events. Meet these four local authors, get signed copies of their latest books, and learn about a variety of educational and enrichment resources available to support teachers, librarians, and parents of young readers.
Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 14, 7pm
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes these three wonderful local poets. The poems in Melanie Green's A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm (Poetry Box) are an invitation to slow down, to rest deep into quiet and the contemplative. In Shadow Man (Poetry Box), Margaret Chula brings her father out of the shadows where he had been since 1957, the day her mother packed their five children—all under the age of ten—into the car and drove away. From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, Carolyn Martin's fourth poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press), takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.
 
Indie Next Picks
 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for November 2019.
by Erin Morgenstern
 
"Rarely is a book such an absolute feast—for the senses, for the intellect, and, above all, for the soul. Morgenstern dazzles in her latest novel, an intricately wrought tale populated by lovers, mystery, and sumptuous magic. The Starless Sea is an ode to book lovers everywhere, reanimating the excitement as well as the pure possibility felt when reading books like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings for the first time. I am reminded of the famous C.S. Lewis quote, 'One day, you’ll be old enough to read fairytales again.' When that day comes, The Starless Sea will be waiting for you." —Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
by Kevin Wilson
 
"When a politician's young wife hires her old school friend as a nanny for her two stepchildren, the main duty will be to keep the twins out of sight and out of trouble. That's because the kids' father is a senator and under serious consideration to be the next Secretary of State. But what if the children can't control themselves? Who is the best person to take care of children who are afflicted with spontaneous combustion? Obviously, a woman with no fear of fire, nothing to lose, and nothing to gain. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this unique novel explores family dynamics, resentment, and retribution, leaving the reader with a new perspective on motherhood and what it means to be loyal to those you love." —Laura Simcox, Sunrise Books, High Point, NC
by Christopher McDougall
 
"Running With Sherman is one of those special books that just makes you happy. Sherman, an abused donkey adopted by Christopher McDougall and family, needs a task, and that task turns out to be joining the World Championship of burro running in Colorado. In his inimitably engaging style, McDougall has taken the best of his two previous books—the personal stories of Born to Run and the history from Natural Born Heroes—and created the most enjoyable book I've read this year. I laughed, I got teary, I smiled a lot. Sherman is my new hero!" —Pete Mock, McIntyre's Fine Books, Pittsboro, NC
 
These previous Indie Next picks are now available in paperback!
by Elizabeth McCracken
 
"At the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt is found lying unconscious in a frosty New England cemetery with no explanation of how she arrived there and a past she is unwilling to talk about. In a bag by her side are a corset, a bowling ball, one candlepin, and 15 pounds of gold. Thus begins a story of love, bowling, and how Bertha Truitt would influence the town of Salford and its residents for generations to come. Elizabeth McCracken once again brings us superb storytelling that shows how our lives don't always follow a straight line to where we thought we might be going." — Jessie Martin, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
by Helen Schulman
 
"A gripping, expertly written story of love and fate, Helen Schulman's Come With Me resonates for all of us who are engaged in our modern, complex families; intrigued and confused by the technology in our lives; and curious enough to wonder how our lives might have turned out if we had made different choices." — Linda Kass, Gramercy Books, Bexley, OH
 
New in Science Fiction & Fantasy
by Cixin Liu
 
From the author of The Three-Body Problem comes a vision of the future that reads "like Ursula K Le Guin rewriting The Lord of the Flies for the quantum age." (NPR). Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die. And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge needed to keep the world running. But when the world is theirs, the last generation may not want to continue the legacy left to them. And in shaping the future however they want, will the children usher in an era of bright beginnings or final mistakes?
by Nina Allan
 
Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine. Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her. On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin—potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice—to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.
edited by Leslie S. Klinger
 
In 2014, The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft was published to widespread acclaim. Now, in this final volume, Klinger reanimates twenty-five additional stories, the balance of Lovecraft's significant fiction, including "Rats in the Wall," a post-World War I story about the terrors of the past, and the newly contextualized "The Horror at Red Hook," which was recently adapted by novelist Victor LaValle. In following Lovecraft's own literary trajectory, readers can witness his evolution from Rhode Island critic to prescient literary genius whose titanic influence would only be appreciated decades after his death. Including hundreds of eye- opening annotations and dozens of rare images, Beyond Arkham finally provides the complete picture of Lovecraft's unparalleled achievements in fiction.
by Tamsyn Muir
 
Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.
 
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