October 2018: Author Readings, Anniversary Party, Indie Next, and More!

October 2018: Author Readings, Anniversary Party, Indie Next, and More!
We're here to let you know about some great upcoming releases, First Friday giveaways, October author readings, Indie Next picks, and what's new in Mystery. But first...
Join us for a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Annie Bloom's Books!
We first opened our doors in Multnomah Village in October 1978. Forty years later, we're still thriving! We'd like to show our thanks to you, our loyal customers, by inviting you to an afternoon party. We'll be serving cake, sparkling beverages, and coffee. Plus, we'll have raffles for prizes, and a special weekend sale on select titles.
At 2pm, we'll have a toast to Annie Bloom's owner Bobby Tichenor.
Upcoming Releases
These three soon-to-be-released books are gonna be big! Click on a cover or title to pre-order from our website.
by Michael Lewis
Out: October 2, 2018
What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? "The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system—those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.
Out: October 9th, 2018
Pre-order this title and get a free tote bag with your book!
(while supplies last)
In Killing Commendatore, a thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious thirteen-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art—as well as a loving homage to The Great GatsbyKilling Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
by Barbara Kingsolver
Out: October 16, 2018
This is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. In another time, a science teacher is forbidden to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal. This troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? These characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
First Friday
On October 5, 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 Jane Mount
Book lovers rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers of Bibliophile will delight in: touring the world's most beautiful bookstores, testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes, finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books, sampling the most famous fictional meals, and peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors. Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.
And our kids prize is:
an advance reader's copy of:
by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
(plus a matching water bottle)
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone's lives have become an endless list of don'ts: don't water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don't take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa's quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don't return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she's going to survive.
Upcoming Author Readings
A Year Off
Wednesday, October 3, 7pm
The Portland authors' book is one part travel guide, one part travel essays and photos, and one part memoir documenting the story of a couple who decided to take a year off from their jobs and "regular lives" to travel the world together after only knowing each other for a few months. This inspiring book is for all the dreamers, would-be adventurers and endearingly practical professionals looking to scratch the travel itch and take a risk on what may be the best time of their lives.
Girl with a Gun: An Annie Oakley Mystery
Thursday, October 4, 7pm
Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole supporter of her widowed mother and two siblings. After a stunning performance in a shooting contest against the handsome and famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position in the renowned Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance to save the nearly foreclosed family farm and make her dreams come true. But then her Indian assistant is found dead in her tent. When another innocent is murdered, Annie begins to fear the deaths are related to her. And to make matters worse, her prized horse, Buck, a major part of her act, is stolen. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the murders, and clear her name.
OCD to Me, an Anthology of Anxieties
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm
Approximately 1 in 100 adults, and 1 in 200 children and adolescents are currently suffering with OCD in the United States. Even more discouraging is that OCD often goes untreated. In local author Ryan Bernstein's OCD to Me, sixty courageous individuals open their hearts and share what having OCD feels like. Reading their compelling journeys will inspire and inform. For those who have OCD this book will show you that you are not alone. For those who have loved ones who suffer with OCD you will understand their pain. For those who are curious about OCD or think they may have OCD this book will give you the facts. Hope is in these pages.
Boise State of Mind
Thursday, October 11, 7pm
The Portland writer presents his book on college football. After decades of under-the-radar success, the Boise State Broncos became a household name during the 2006-07 NCAA football season. That was when the 12-0 Broncos defeated the 11-2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl on a trick-play two-point conversion in overtime. With in-depth interviews with current and former players, coaches, and administration, Gunderson offers an entertaining story of the growth of a program that rose from anonymity to becoming arguably the most successful underdog in the country.
The Emotionally Healthy Child
Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
While growing up has never been easy, today's world presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, posits Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy is an expert on teaching skills that address the high sensitivity, big emotions, and hyper energy she herself experienced growing up. Three simple steps are key -- Stop, Calm, and Make Smarter Choices. While not always easy, these steps are powerful, and Healy shows readers exactly how to implement them. Children move from acting out or shutting down, experiencing frequent physical symptoms such as head- and stomachaches, or hurting themselves or others, to recognizing they are being triggered, feeling their emotions, and using mindfulness strategies to respond from a calmer place.
When Spirit Calls
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
Spiritual healer and former "First Lady" of Reed College Joan Diver's book, When Spirit Calls, is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Diver's odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. Imbued with the wisdom of great spiritual teachers from both East and West, Joan Diver shares a remarkable journey through urban violence, family crisis, physical pain and spiritual awakening. As Boston's Hyams Foundation's first executive director, Joan Diver was nationally recognized for her creative leadership. A student of diverse spiritual paths and speaker from the heart, Joan has since offered healing to seekers, led contemplative and healing church ministries and partnered with her husband, Colin, in his role as President of Reed College.
The Burn Zone
Tuesday, October 23, 7pm
After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree, had started five different companies, and had an MBA from NYU. The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power―how what started out as a need to heal from the loss of her parents and to understand the big questions in life could leave a young woman fighting for her sanity and her sense of self. In the years following her departure from the cult, Linnell struggled to reclaim herself, to stand in her truth, and to rebuild her life.
Courageous Pursuits
Thursday, October 25, 7pm
In Donna Cameron's A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--she shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation. In Lisa Reddick's novel The Same River, a childhood tragedy bonded Jessica Jensen to Oregon's mighty Nesika River. Ever since, she has seen herself as its guardian. Now a courageous field biologist, she has just finished gathering scientific evidence that could bring about the dismantling of the massive hydro dam that threatens to destroy her river. But then she discovers that her boss is suppressing her evidence. In Barbara Stark-Nemon's novel Hard Cider, Abbie Rose Stone is realizing her dream: producing hard apple cider along the northern shores of Lake Michigan that she loves. When a lovely young stranger exposes a long-held secret, Abbie must overcome circumstances that severely test her self-determination, her loyalties, and her understanding of what constitutes true family. In Cathy Zane's novel Better Than This, sometimes the most enviable life is really a private hell. Sarah Jenkins's "perfect" life--a handsome, wealthy and successful husband, a precocious five-year-old daughter, and a beautiful home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood--has begun to crumble. But just when it seems all is lost, a long forgotten, unopened letter changes everything, and with the support of friends, Sarah begins to rebuild her life. Can she quiet the critical voice in her head and learn to value herself instead?
She-Thing and Other Righteous Tales
Monday, October 29, 7pm
For a Halloween week treat, the local feminist horror author will read from her story collection. She-Thing offers fanciful storytelling proof that there is justice for every slight you ever endured, in an assortment of stories set in the parallel universe that resides within and without you, parables of the heart that beat closer than the memory of your worst enemy. That is where your not-so-imaginary monsters are born--the primordial that prevails within. Knowing we all wear the bone of a tail, this compelling new short story collection will transport your imagination into this fraught space.
October Indie Next Reviews
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 2018.
by Esi Edugyan
"Epic in scope, ranging from a brutal slave plantation in Barbados to scenes in the Arctic, antebellum America, and London, plus a thoughtful denouement in the Moroccan desert, Edugyan's novel explores the complex relationship between slave and master, the hubris of good intentions, and the tense life of a runaway in constant flight with a Javert on his tail. What results is a compulsive page-turner blessed with effortless prose. Highly recommended." —Matt Lage, Iowa Book, Iowa City, IA
by Imogen Hermes Gowar
"This book was a pure delight from beginning to end. High-class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, back-stabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, mermaids: what more could you ask from a historical novel taking place in the late 18th century? The characters are so well-rounded I found myself cringing for them in their embarrassment and cheering for them in their triumph. The writing is so atmospheric it feels absolutely authentic. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The only way to describe this book is as an absolute romp." —Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN
by Sarah Smarsh
"A classic is born! Sarah Smarsh takes us on a five-generation trek through the hardscrabble life of her Kansas childhood in the ’80s and ’90s. Just as J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed addressed the uncomfortable topic of poverty in this country, Heartland successfully gives the reader an in-depth look at impoverishment in the bread basket of America. She writes with a crystal-clear and objective voice, never giving in to self-pity or malevolence. Indeed, tongue-in-cheek humor and tenderness often shine through. This book is a must-read, a milestone in the life of our country." —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA
These previous Indie Next picks are now available in paperback!
by Bradford Morrow
"A rich, sweeping novel that moves through history, from World War I to World War II, into the fall of the Soviet Union, and up to the present day. Weaving throughout the story is a hauntingly beautiful anonymous piano sonata that has been broken up into three parts. With rich and complex characters and multilayered writing that moves seamlessly throughout, The Prague Sonata touches deep into the human heart." —Richard Corbett, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR
by A.J. Jacobs
"For anyone interested in climbing their own family tree, A.J. Jacobs' It's All Relative offers a lighthearted crash course into the addictive world of genealogy. Inspired by the record-breaking get-togethers of the Lilly clan and heartened by the theory that we’re all related, Jacobs embarks on a quest to hold the world’s largest family reunion. As Jacobs juggles the mechanics of such a massive undertaking, he interviews well-known researchers in the field, discovers famous 'cousins,' and considers some of the ethical issues of diving into an ancestor's past. An enjoyable introduction to genealogy and the living family tree." —Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
New in Mystery
by Robert Galbraith
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next installment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.
by Tana French
Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life--he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden--and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed. A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.
by John Grisham
Out: October 23, 2018
Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder weren’t shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave. Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.
by Ann Cleeves
Hoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spread like wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship. With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career. Wild Fire is the eighth book in Cleeves's Shetland series.