October 2014 Author Readings, First Friday, Music Books, and More
Read all about our upcoming author events. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. See what's new in
Music books. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
October Readings at Annie Blooms:
Who Am I Today?
Thursday, October 2, 7pm
Shaffer writes about everyday life with a combination of observation and invention. In his mind thoughts emerge spontaneously, in all sizes, traveling at different speeds and often changing direction without warning. This book is a sampling of thoughts captured on paper that cover a wide range of subjects including the aging process, parenting techniques, telephone etiquette, a job interview with a two-headed applicant, the politically correct treatment of ants and much more. Don't be surprised to find the boundary lines separating fiction from reality bending, blurring or disappearing altogether.
Monday, October 6, 7pm
In Samuel Snoek-Brown's Hagridden, the Civil War winds violently down, and fears of the South's uncertain future fuse with its unraveling traditions. Against the backdrop of this post-apocalyptic landscape, so littered with corpses and mythology and desperation, two women, stranded and alone in the Louisiana bayou, fight to survive. In A Little Mormon Girl, Eva Hunter writes of growing up in a strict Mormon household. This is the story of her flight to freedom and a new understanding of the world--from an oppressive, anti-female religion, a cold, punishing mother, and the horror of her father's advances.
Thursday, October 9, 7pm
When it comes to traditional comfort food, most of the key ingredients are off-limits to health-conscious vegans. But giving up shepherd's pie, eggplant parm, and cheesy rice casserole was not an option for Julie Hasson, who took on the challenge to recreate flavors she loved, but without the cheese, eggs, butter, and cholesterol. The focus is on whole-food ingredients crafted into healthier takes on old favorites. The results are a mix of retro flavors--with nacho cheesy sauces and a lighter cream of mushroom soup for that creamy goodness--and fresh, veggie-forward dishes like cabbage rolls and creamed greens. Make your own casserole creations by pairing any of the super-simple sauces with your favorite veggies and rice or pasta. Dig in!
Wednesday, October 15, 7pm
Ranging from the Serengeti to Madrid to her own backyard, Deming helps us see the creatures around us with fresh eyes. Along her journey, Deming uncovers what hyenas can tell us about human bloodlust, how the art of leaf-cutter ants complicates our own artistic endeavors, what elephants can teach us about the deep reverberations of war and peace in our communities, and more. Moving beyond the grief and anxiety that so often surrounds any consideration of species extinction, these artful and incisive essays illuminate the mystery and wonder of our shared earthly experience.
Through the Seasons with Dulcy
Thursday, October 16, 7pm
Readers can again find monthly inspiration from Oregonian gardening columnist Dulcy Mahar--as well as get a glimpse into the places in her home and garden she most cherished. Ted Mahar reflects on their fifty-year marriage, their beloved pets and her well-known garden, plus takes readers behind the scenes into Dulcy's favorite places inside their home. he has selected 140 more beloved columns for this second volume, complemented by 150 color photographs.
A Wedding in Provence
Tuesday, October 21, 7pm
Sussman, author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses inA Wedding in Provence--a moving novel of love, forgiveness, and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France. When Olivia and Brody drive up to their friend's idyllic inn--nestled in a valley in the Mediterranean town of Cassis--they know they've chosen the perfect spot for their wedding. But when their guests check in, their peaceful wedding weekend is quickly thrown off balance.
Thursday, October 23, 7pm
Dormant is the first book in a new trilogy from Portland author LeeAnn McLennan. When Olivia is seven she sees her supernormal mother murdered by Mountain of Ash, a super villain terrorist organization. Olivia decides then and there the secretive and dangerous life of a supernormal is not for her. For the next seven years, she lives the life a normal kid with her normal dad--until she is forced to awaken her dormant powers to save hostages in a bank robbery. Now Olivia's powers won't go back into the genie's bottle. Olivia must do what she dreads most--ask her mother's family, the Brighthalls, for help controlling her powers.
Falling from Horses
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood, setting his sights on becoming a stunt rider in the movies--and rubbing shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth. On the long bus ride south, Bud meets Lily Shaw, who also harbors dreams of making it in the movies, though not as a starlet but as a writer, a "real" writer. The two strike up an unlikely kinship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood--and, as it happens, for the rest of their lives.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee. In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.
|October 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 October. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):
A Sudden Light
by Garth Stein
Andrea at The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, VT, writes: "Stein's new novel of family relationships and responsibilities explores the connections between the living and the dead, between parents and children, and what it means to be stewards of the land. A compelling search for faith and meaning in a world where bad things sometimes happen."
by Alix Christie
Rod at Diesel: A Bookstore in Larkspur, CA, writes: "This novel about the making of the first printed book, the Gutenberg Bible, is a dramatic and gripping tale of betrayal and intrigue. Christie brings a real feeling for the beauty and artistry of printing and honors one of the most revolutionary achievements in history."
by Colm Toibin
Susan at Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle writes: "This quiet but beautifully constructed novel of grief is the tale of an Irish woman caught between looking after her own emotional well-being and that of her four children in the wake of her husband's death. Toibin's work gets deeper and richer with each new book. I'm already looking forward to his next."
by Marilynne Robinson
Matthew at Iowa Book in Iowa City writes: "Robinson revisits the characters from Gilead and its companion novel Home, with her new novel covering the backstory of minister John Ames' young wife, whose raffish beginnings as a migrant worker are told in a series of time shifts. An impressive work."
Plus, these former IndieNext picks are now out in paperback:
The Men Who United the States
by Simon Winchester
Recommended in hardcover by Carole at Harvard Book Store.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman
Recommended in hardcover by Karen at Books Inc. in San Francisco.
New in Performing Arts
|Here are some of the best new books on Music, Film, and TV:
Do Not Sell at Any Price
by Amanda Petrusich
Through fascinating historical research and beguiling visits with the most prominent 78 preservers, Pitchfork andNew York Times contributor Amanda Petrusich offers both a singular glimpse of the world of 78 collecting and the lost backwoods blues artists whose 78s from the 1920s and 1930s have yet to be found or heard by modern ears. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Priceis an untold, intriguing story of preservation, loss, obsession, art, and the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music.
Bowie: The Biography
by Wendy Leigh
David Bowie--the iconic superstar of rock, fashion, art, design, and the quintessential sexual liberator--is a living legend. However, for the past five decades, he has managed to retain his Hollywood star mystique. Now, Wendy Leigh reveals the real man behind the mythology. Through scores of interviews with Bowie's lovers (both male and female), his girlfriends, business associates, groupies, and band members, Leigh, who grew up just a mile from where Bowie was born and went to school, has written an intimate biography of rock's greatest enigma. Featuring a sixteen-page insert with many never-before-seen photographs of David Bowie and those close to him, this biography is a once-in-a-lifetime look at the iconic superstar who changed the world.
Live from New York
by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and Miller and Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Across more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.
The Musician's Notebook
by Matthew Teacher
Whether on the go or composing at home, The Musician's Notebook is a necessary and unique tool for every musician. Within this beautiful, updated package, are the standard staffs, guitar chord boxes, and tablature. Along with these are quotes by some of the biggest names in music, like Lorde, Beck, and Adele, speaking about inspiration, creativity, and performance. This is a must have for any budding or established musician.