|October 6 is First Friday!
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|October 2017 Readings, Halloween Books, Whitney Cummings, New Performing Arts Titles, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about Halloween books, Whitney Cummings at the Aladdin, the latest in Music and Film, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Discover the podcast series Storytellers Telling Stories, and drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Author Readings:
Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
Monday, October 2, 7pm
Stabile's parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Stabile joined a cult that would dominate his life. Through all these challenges, Stabile grew stronger and more committed to living his life from love. He forgave the man who murdered his parents, found compassion for his late drug-addicted brother, and finally walked away from the cult leader who had controlled his life for thirteen years. He writes about these experiences and many other personal milestones in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Whether trying (as we all must) to silence shame, show up for friends, or overcome dreaded what-ifs, Stabile shares hard-won insights that return readers to love, both of themselves and others.
Swearing Off Stars
Wednesday, October 11, 7pm
Danielle Wong will read from her novel Swearing Off Stars. Lia Cole is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s, where she falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. When their secret love clashes with political uprising, their relationship is one of the casualties. Years later, when a mysterious letter surfaces, she is immediately thrown back into their unsettled romance. Lia will stop at nothing to win Scarlett back, but she soon realizes that uncovering lost love might not be attainable after all.
Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland poet Noël Hanlon, to read from her new collection, about which Molly Gloss writes: "Like letters from a cherished friend, Noël Hanlon's poems are intimate and generous, unconcealing, deeply observant of loss, of family, of love. Her connection to the natural world runs deep, and when she reflects on the mysteries of the earth and the heart--the solace of the night sky, the death of pigs, the weeding of a garden, "these little questions of life like love/I cannot answer but intuit"-we begin to see, word by word, how everything holds together, and we are brought closer to an understanding of the inexplicable."
Build Stuff with Wood
Wednesday, October 18, 7pm
The Portland's author's book is a true beginner's guide to woodworking, aimed at anyone who is interested in the craft but has little to no tools and no real idea where to start. The idea behind the book is to begin with a few portable power tools (cordless drill, jigsaw, etc.), build a bunch of cool projects with that basic kit, and then add skills and tools as you go. For example, adding a small router to your arsenal allows you to gracefully round edges on tables and shelves; buying a simple doweling jig opens up the world of joinery. In all, 14 fun projects will be presented, all built with just a few woodworking tools and off-the-shelf lumber.
Alex Behr and Jenny Forrester
Monday, October 23, 7pm
Alex Behr will read from her debut story collection, Planet Grim, a vivid, unsettling portrait of the gritty fringes of San Francisco and Portland, where complicated characters long for connection just out of reach. Behr is an idiosyncratic, unpredictable prose stylist with an edge and willingness to cut to the bone that makes her writing truly original. Jenny Forrester will read from her memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky, about growing up in a community situated on the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, where she lived with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester's powerfully eloquent story is a breathtaking, determinedly truthful story about one woman's search for identity within the mythology of family and America itself.
The Hunt for Winter
Tuesday, October 24, 7pm
This sequel to the Portland authors' Journey to Wizards' Keep features a stolen child, a wizard thought long-dead, and a plot to resurrect an evil menace. Queen Irene's son, Winter, is missing. His wizard teacher, Seever, has tried to find the boy using his "far-away vision," but it is blocked when he looks to the north. Since only a powerful enchantment can block his sight, Seever concludes an unknown wizard must have taken the young prince. But aside from Winter, Seever and Kaza, there are no other wizards left alive. Or are there?
Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.
Thursday, November 9, 7pm
From the author of The Mushroom Hunters comes the story of an iconic fish, perhaps the last great wild food: salmon. This firsthand account--reminiscent of the work of John McPhee and Mark Kurlansky--is filled with the keen insights and observations of the best narrative writing. Cook offers an absorbing portrait of a remarkable fish and the many obstacles it faces, while taking readers on a fast-paced fishing trip through salmon country. Upstream is an essential look at the intersection of man, food, and nature.
Thursday, November 16, 7pm
The Portland author and screenwriter of Cars 3, The Rookie, and Finding Forrester will read from his novel, Skavenger's Hunt. After young Henry Babbitt tragically loses his father, he can't help but remember the promises of the great adventures they would now never take. Then, on a snowy Christmas Eve, his grandfather reveals that he's tracked down a series of mysterious century-old clues left by Hunter S. Skavenger, the eccentric magnate who launched the first and greatest scavenger hunt.
Whitney Cummings at the Aladdin
Annie Bloom's is proud to be the featured bookseller for a performance by the comedian and author.
I'm Fine...and Other Lies
Sunday, October 15, 8pm
Get the best of Whitney Cummings--the stories she'll share on stage, and the ones she normally won't--during her I'm Fine...and Other Lies Book Tour this fall. Expect plentiful oversharing and laughs as Whitney dissects the adventures and struggles recounted in her upcoming book, I'm Fine...and Other Lies. Nothing's off limits as Whitney tackles codependence, addiction, workaholism, dating narcissists and a host of other mortifying situations with her signature edge and irresistible charm.
Your ticket includes a Meet & Greet with Whitney, a copy of I'm Fine...and Other Lies (a $28 value), and access to the show.
Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and author of the forthcoming memoir, I'm Fine...and Other Lies (on sale October 3). Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series Whitney, Whitney is also co-creator and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. She has appeared in multiple television shows and films, and has performed in three stand-up specials for both HBO and Comedy Central, one of which was nominated for an American Comedy Award. Up next for Whitney is her film directorial debut, a movie based on the book The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine.
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.
by Nicole Krauss
"No surprise: Forest Dark was worth the wait. Tapping into intellectual and deeply personal moments, the two main characters are ones to identify with even as the circumstances they find themselves in are fantastic. Krauss' reflections about marriage are poignant, and there is a lot to contemplate. At first, I enjoyed having moments when I wasn't reading to think, but toward the end I found myself not being able to put it down." -Kira Wizner, Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY
by Jennifer Egan
"Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach captures a time and place on the verge of momentous change. Set in Brooklyn in the 1940s, the novel tells the story of Anna Kerrigan, a young woman who has dropped out of Brooklyn College to contribute what she can to the American war effort. Unsatisfied with her job of inspecting and measuring machine parts, she attempts to enter the male-only world of deep-sea diving. Manhattan Beach is rich and atmospheric, highlighting a period when gangs controlled the waterfront, jazz streamed from the doors of nightclubs, and the future for everyone was far from certain." -Mark Laframboise, Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford
"Jamie Ford has written another fabulous story. In Love and Other Consolation Prizes, a child is raffled off as a prize at a world's fair in Seattle in 1909. Based on a real-life raffle, this story is about Ernest Young, a Chinese orphan refugee who is won by the owner of The Tenderloin, a brothel where he becomes the house boy and lives a life with enough food to eat and hope for the future. During the Seattle World's Fair of 1962, Ernest reminisces about all of the life he lived between the two fairs." -Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
The Twelve-Mile Straight
by Eleanor Henderson
"When asked what defines 'Southern' literature, most would put land and family on the top of the list. These also define Eleanor Henderson's The Twelve-Mile Straight, a story set in the 1930s in Georgia, where George Wilson owns the cotton mill and most of the land and Juke Jessop is a sharecropper on land that wouldn't support his family, but his renown fills the gap. Full of entanglements, violence, and vivid characters, both white and black, this gripping saga starts with a lynching and weaves back and forth in time and voice until a stasis, if not resolution, is reached." -Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The Girl from Venice
by Martin Cruz Smith
Recommended in hardcover by Olga Onal, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA
by Julia Baird
Recommended in hardcover by Barbara Hoagland, The King's English Book Shop, Salt Lake City, UT
New in Performing Arts
Here are some great new books about music and film from our Performing Arts section:
Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock
by Kent Hartman
Before disco, punk, hair metal, rap, and eventually grunge took it all away, the music scene in Los Angeles was dominated by rock 'n' roll. The famous albums recorded there--Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Eagles' Hotel California, and others--were recorded by a group of dedicated producers and engineers working in a cadre of often dilapidated-looking buildings that contained some of the greatest recording studios the music industry has ever known. However, the truth of what went on during these recording sessions has always remained elusive. But not anymore. Longtime music-business insider Kent Hartman has filled Goodnight, L.A. with troves of never-before-told stories about the most prolific and important period and place in rock 'n' roll history.
Live Cinema and Its Techniques
by Francis Ford Coppola
The time is not far off when a director or a collaborative team of filmmakers working across the internet will create "live" movies that will be sent instantly via satellite for viewing throughout the world. As daunting as the challenge is, the process of integrating the highest artistic standards of previous generations into the medium of "live cinema" can, Coppola explains, be achieved, thus creating an entirely new art form for the so-called "screen." Tapping into his own encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth-century film history, Coppola threads his vision of this burgeoning cinematic medium with autobiographical and historical vignettes gleaned from the past, recalling his own boyhood obsession with film and his early fascination with the "Golden Age of Television," when 1950s viewers were treated to live productions of classics, like Days of Wine and Roses and Requiem for a Heavyweight.
So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley
by Roger Steffens
Steffens is one of the world's leading Bob Marley experts. He toured with the Wailers in the 1970s and was closely acquainted with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and the rest of the band members. Over several decades he has interviewed more than seventy-five friends, business managers, relatives and confidants--many speaking publicly for the first time. Forty years in the making, So Much Things to Say weaves this rich testimony into a definitive telling of the life of the reggae king--the full, inside account of how a boy from the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, became a cultural icon and inspiration to millions around the world.
I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy
by Erin Carlson
Journalist Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics: When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set. An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.
Storytellers Telling Stories
Here's the schedule of episodes for October:
Storytellers Telling Stories is a literary "radio theatre" podcast starting October 3rd, new episodes every Tuesday. Annie Bloom's is a proud sponsor.
For new episodes and teaser trailers, subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or any smartphone podcast app by searching for "Storytellers Telling Stories". You may also visit http://sttspodcast.buzzsprout.com. Storytellers Telling Stories was created to focus on what shapes our constructive discourse: point of view, narrative, community, and culture. Stories are how we jump into others' lives and feel what they're feeling. Our stories tell of raising children, falling in love, talking to the dead, protesting hatred, being objectified, falling out of love, and playing music in front of strangers.
Season 1, Ep.1 - Kate Ristau (part 1)
Season 1, Ep.2 - Kate Ristau (part 2)
Season 1, Ep.3 - Jason Arias
Season 1, Ep.4 - Rios de la Luz
Season 1, Ep.5 - DeAngelo Gillispie
Season 1, Ep.6 - David Ciminello