September 2012 Readings, First Friday, and More

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First Friday
September Readings
All-Time Favorites
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Sports

First Friday

September 7 is First Friday! Summer isn't over yet, so head out for an evening in the Village.


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


The adult prize is:

The Art of Procrastination

by John Perry 

(with matching book bag!)


The kids' book prize is:

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses 

by Ian Falconer 

New J.K. Rowling - Pre-Order Today! 

The Casual Vacancy is out September 27. 
Order now and get a $5 coupon!
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written her first book for adults:
When you pre-pay for The Casual Vacancy, we'll give you a coupon for 5 Molly Dollars. To pre-purchase the book, visit us at Annie Bloom's. We're open 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 9pm on the weekends. You can also call us at 503-246-0053 to reserve a copy.
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September Readings, First Friday, and More!

Read all about the great events we have lined up for this month. Also, check out our latest Theme section. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Drop by and see on First Friday! 
Readings & Hobbit Party
September Events at Annie Blooms:

Debra Dean 

The Mirrored World

Monday, September 10, 7pm

multnomah village logo The author of The Madonnas of Leningrad reads from The Mirrored World, a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia's most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.


Michael Montlack, Emily Kendal Frey, and Michael Sage Ricci 

Thursday, September 13, 7pm

multnomah village logo Michael Montlack [pictured] is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo and the editor of the essay anthology My Diva. His newest release is Divining Divas, the poetry follow-up to My Diva. Portland poet Emily Kendal Frey is the author of The Grief Performance, as well as several chapbook and chapbook collaborations, including Airport, Frances, and The New Planet. Michael Sage Ricci is a Portland writer, artist and writing teacher. His short stories, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in multiple journals and anthologies. He is currently finishing his first novel Where the Jersey Devil Lives.


Yuvi Zalkow 

A Brilliant Novel in the Works

Thursday, September 20, 7pm

Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he can't give her, an editor who wants a book he can't deliver, a brother-in-law whose gastrointestinal disease may lead him to a morbid end, and dead parents who, well, they don't really want anything, but that doesn't stop the memory of them from haunting him. Heartbreaking and hilarious, A Brilliant Novel in the Works is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow, praised by Cheryl Strayed as "the secret love child of the smartest person you've ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block."

BOOK RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT: A Brilliant Novel in the Works 
A Brilliant Novel in the Works


Hobbit Party! 

Sunday, September 23, 2pm

multnomah village logo Join us for a fun celebration of The Hobbit. This year is the 75th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale of Bilbo Baggins, who joins the wizard Gandalf and a dozen dwarfs for a great adventure, as they try to win back the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. We've got many great activities lined up, including a piñata, crafts, trivia and Hobbity treats.

Annie Bloom's All-Time Favorites  
This month, the staff at Annie Bloom's each pick three of their favorite books ever written. Come in to browse all of our most-loved titles. Here are just a few


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard


Ball Four
by Jim Bouton


Kristin Lavransdatter
by Sigrid Undset


A Language Older Than Words
by Derrick Jensen


Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney


All-American Poem
by Matthew Dickman


The Road to Reality
by Roger Penrose


The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
September 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 September. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

The Vanishing Act
by Mette Jakobsen

Valerie at Brewster Book Store in Brewster, MA, calls this novel "a charming, fable-like story, beautifully told, and filled with magic."

The Bartender's Tale
by Ivan Doig  

Betsy at The King's English in Salt Lake City UT, says of this historical novel set in the 1930s and '60s: "no mere infatuation--the love I feel for it will last a lifetime."

The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin  

Nancy from Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, MA, says: "Lyrically written, this is a moving book about a man's life, the land on which he lives, and the consequences of caring about others."

by David Abramson  

Rachel at Oregon's own Sunriver Books & Music writes of this novel: "Funny, captivating, and intelligent, Abrams' tale is based on his 20 years of experience in the Army."

The Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny  

Anne at Boswell Book Company in Wilwaukee, WI, says of this eighth novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series: "Penny's complex characters and their multidimensional relationships, as well as the unusual setting, make this a fascinating reading experience." 

New in Sports

September is a great month for sports fans, with baseball's pennant race heating up, football kicking off, tennis' US Open underway, and, right around the corner, basketball and hockey set to begin. Here are some of the best new titles from our Sports section:

The Ball
by John Fox
Inspired by the curiosity of his sports-obsessed eight-year-old son, anthropologist Fox sets off to explore the untold history of our favorite ball games. From Mexican jungles to modern baseball parks, this book traces how a simple invention like the ball has come to stake an unrivaled claim on our passions, our money, and our lives. Equal parts history and travelogue, The Ball removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today's sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

by Hope Solo
Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. This is a candid and moving memoir about family, loss, and reconciliation. Solo is also a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo whom few have ever glimpsed.

14 Minutes
by Alberto Salazar
This is the memoir of the most accomplished, charismatic, and controversial marathoner in history. The narrative is framed in the 14 minutes in which Salazar was clinically dead after his shocking heart attack in 2007. He takes readers step-by-step through his signature races, including his wins at the '80, '81, and '82 New York City Marathons, and his epic, and ultimately self-destructive, victory at the 1982 Boston Marathon.

It's All About the Bike
by Robert Penn
When the time came for a new bike, Penn decided to pull out all the stops and build his dream machine. From the United Kingdom to California, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. On the way to building the perfect bike, Robert Penn brilliantly explains why we ride.