October 2015 Readings, Halloween Books, New Music Books, and More!

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First Friday
Halloween Books
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Music Books
First Friday
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October 2 is First Friday!

Come 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 drawing.

Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!

One lucky adult will win:
The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures

One lucky middle reader (8-12) will win:
The Only Game
by Mike Lupica
Plus a cool sports bag!

And one lucky child will win:
Dewey Bob
by Judy Schachner
Plus a matching book bag and color print!
Halloween Books
That spookiest time of the year is almost here! Check out these great Halloween books, and come in to browse for more:

Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
by James Dean

A Halloween Scare in Portland
by Eric James & Marina La Ray

Boo!
by Leslie Patricelli

Silly Haunted House
by Janet Lawler

Room on the Broom Big Activity Book
by Julia Donaldson
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October 2015 Readings, Halloween Books, New Music Books, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about Halloween books, the latest in Music, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
We've got some great authors coming up:

Beth Everett
Death on Alder
Thursday, October 1, 7pm

In Portland author Everett's debut novel, take a trip that's a little bit Nancy Drew, a dash of Cheech and Chong, and just enough Streets of San Francisco to make you want to hop on a cable car. Lee Harding needs some time away from the harsh East Coast winter, from motherhood and from her husband. A trip to her hometown of San Francisco doesn't go as planned when her sister's eccentric landlord is found dead in her apartment. An unlikely partnership with the starched and pressed detective on the case could mean the end of her marriage. The city doesn't feel like home anymore and Lee wonders if San Francisco died too. Death on Alder is a foggy celebration of San Francisco, sisterhood, and the myth of home.

Cindy Brown
The Sound of Murder
Thursday, October 8, 7pm

From Multnomah Village author Cindy Brown comes the second Ivy Meadows mystery, The Sound of Murder.
All Ivy wants is to be an actor. And a private investigator. She's just landed her first real PI case, a seeming suicide in a retirement community. Not only that, but a big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see Ivy in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret (singing nuns AND Berlin burlesque). But all is not raindrops on roses. A creep in a convertible is tailing Ivy, a local posse member is way too interested in her investigation, and something is seriously wrong with one of her castmates. And that suicide: could it be murder? As the curtain rises, Ivy finds herself smack in the sights of a serial killer.

Kim Heacox
Jimmy Bluefeather
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm

Old Keb Wisting is somewhere around ninety-five years old and in constant pain and thinks he wants to die. He's the last living canoe carver in the village of Jinkaat, in Southeast Alaska. When his grandson, James, a promising basketball player, ruins his leg in a logging accident and tells his grandpa that he has nothing left to live for, Old Keb comes alive and finishes his last canoe, with help from his grandson. Together (with a few friends and a crazy but likable dog named Steve) they embark on a great canoe journey. They paddle deep into wild Alaska, but mostly into the human heart, in a story of adventure, love, and reconciliation.

Judith Ryan Hendricks
Baker's Blues
Wednesday, October 14, 7pm

In Wyn Morrison's world a 5 AM phone call is rarely good news. It usually means equipment trouble at her bakery or a first shift employee calling in sick. This time, the bad news is that Mac, her ex-husband, is dead. Just when Wyn needs support most, everyone she's closest to is otherwise occupied. They're all sympathetic, but bewildered by her spiral into sadness. After all, it's been three years since the divorce. Once again the bakery becomes her center, as she sifts through her memories of Mac and their life together, eventually coming to terms with who he was and why. Soon she will re-learn the lessons of bread that she first discovered at the Queen Street Bakery in Seattle... that bread is a process--slow, arduous, messy, mysterious--and should be consumed with the eyes closed and the heart open.

Elizabeth Rosner
Electric City
Monday, October 26, 7pm

Rosner will read from the paperback issue of her new novel. Set in upstate New York in three time periods, Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.

Floyd Skloot
Approaching Winter: Poetry
Wednesday, October 28, 7pm

Skloot's eighth poetry collection evokes the fluid and dynamic nature of memory as it ebbs and floods through our daily lives. Traveling from Portland's Willamette River, which borders Skloot's home, to the hushed landscapes of the afterlife, the poems in this collection acknowledge the passage of time and the inevitable darkness that lies ahead. Yet Skloot also remains attuned to the urgency of the present moment, as he admires the plumage of the local birds in the short days before their journey south for the winter. By turns whimsical and meditative, Approaching Winter gives voice to the struggle to find coherence in a fragmented world.
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 the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for October. 

Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

Tarah at Mitzi's Books in Rapid City, SD, writes: "Fates and Furies is an engrossing and complex novel about a seemingly perfect marriage of beautiful people, told in two parts. Groff crafts amazing, shocking sentences and brilliantly reveals the lies and deceit hiding behind the perfect facade. It's a book you will finish too quickly and then want to tell your friends about."

Gold Fame Citrus
by Claire Vaye Watkins

Emily at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA, writes: "Gold Fame Citrus explores the complexities of human relationships in the face of environmental catastrophe. Loneliness, jealousy, heartbreak, love, loyalty--even in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, people are still people. Haunting and hallucinatory, the world crafted by Watkins is a dream of the future that will not soon be forgotten."

The Art of Memoir
by Mary Karr

Susan at The Book Shoppe in Boone, IA, writes: "Karr provides writers and readers with background, insights, hints, history, and humor related to both her own writing and that of other memoirists. This book is valuable not only to those who aspire to document their own lives, but also to those who find the genre of memoir of interest for casual reading."

Undermajordomo Minor
by Patrick deWitt

Dana at Snowbound Books in Marquette, MI, writes: "With dry and witty dialogue worthy of a Monty Python movie, this wonderful novel features a remote castle, a crazy Baron, an incredibly incompetent cook, and a lovely village girl--what else could the young narrator Lucien need for a good story? The fact that he's a compulsive liar makes things more interesting, too. DeWitt, the author of The Sisters Brothers, once again crafts an unusual and wholly entertaining story that is sure to surprise and delight."

Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:

Night Blindness
by Susan Strecker

Recommended in hardcover by Nancy at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC.
 
On Immunity
by Eula Bliss

Recommended in hardcover by Brooke at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX. 
New in Music  
Here are some great new books about music from our Performing Arts section:
     
The Song Machine
by John Seabrook
Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more. Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. He takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making. Through the stories of top pop artists and expert songsmiths, The Song Machine shows what life is like in an industry that has been catastrophically disrupted, spurring innovation, competition, intense greed, and seductive new products.

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender
by Chrissie Hynde
As the singer/songwriter and leader of the Pretenders for nearly four decades, Hynde is a justly legendary figure. In her no-holds-barred memoir, she tells--with all the fearless candor, sharp humor, and depth of feeling we've come to expect--exactly where she came from and what her winding path to stardom entailed. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger, sexiness, stage presence, knack for putting words to music, gorgeous voice, and all-around kick-assedness into such a potent and alluring package. A kind of one-woman secret tunnel linking punk and new wave to classic guitar rock, she is one of the great luminaries in rock history.

Dust & Grooves
by Eilon Paz
This is an inside look into the world of vinyl record collectors in the most intimate of environments: their record rooms. Compelling photographic essays from photographer Eilon Paz are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, including Gilles Peterson and King Britt, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community.

The Next Next Level
by Leon Neyfakh
Journalist Neyfakh has been something more than a fan of DJ and rapper Juiceboxxx's since he was a teenager, when he booked a show for the artist in a church basement. Juiceboxxx went on to the tireless, lonely, possibly hopeless pursuit of success on his own terms. Neyfakh remained haunted from afar: was art really worth all the sacrifices? And what was the difference, anyway, between a person like Juiceboxxx who devoted his life to being an artist and a person like Neyfakh, who elected instead to pursue a stable career and a comfortable, middle-class existence? The Next Next Level is a wholly contemporary story of art, obsession, fame, ambition, and friendship.