September 2014 Author Readings, Sports Books, and More

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First Friday
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Sports Books

First Friday

September 5 is First Friday!


Enjoy a pleasant night in the Village with a trip to Annie Bloom's for First Friday.   


We'll be serving wine and giving away great prizes for our drawing. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


This month, our adult prize is: What We See When We Read

by Peter Mendelsund 


For the teens (and teens at heart), we're giving away a copy of:  Four

by Veronica Roth 

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September 2014 Author Readings, Sports Books, and More

Happy Labor Day! 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 Sports. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Carolyn Brigit Flynn & Leah Stenson
Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 3, 7pm
Communion is Carolyn Brigit Flynn's offering of love poems to the earth, addressed in these poems as Beloved. The poems invoke the author's movement from an urban Catholic childhood into an embodied communion with the sacred presence of the Earth. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours, each poem uses one of Rilke's lines as its title and springboard. Portland poet Leah Stensonwill be reading from three books of poems. Reverberations from Fukushima, an anthology she co-edited, features contemporary Japanese poetry and essays on the first nuclear disaster of the 21st Century. The Turquoise Bee is an autobiography of love, of individual loves. The poems inHeavenly Body explore the pathos of loss and separation, reveal deeply personal moments in the lives of friends and family, and trace the saga of long-distance love.

Melissa Hart
Wild Within: How Raising an Owl Inspired a Family
Thursday, September 25, 7pm
Melissa, a desperately lonely young divorcee and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon. At the local dog park, she meets Jonathan. Their courtship blossoms in a raptor rehabilitation center. Melissa and Jonathan start out convinced they don't want children, but caring for birds who have fallen from their nests triggers a deep longing in Melissa to mother an orphaned child. Thus they embark on a heart-wrenching journey to adoption.

Alison Hawthorne Deming
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.

Ellen Sussman
A Wedding in Provence
Tuesday, October 21, 7pm
Ellen Sussman, author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses in A 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.

LeeAnn McLennan
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 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.

Molly Gloss
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.
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 Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
Javier at City Lit Books in Chicago writes: "Once again, Mitchell's inventiveness and imagination prove to be nothing short of genius. He combines dark fantasy, boldly original prose, and finely drawn characters who will keep the reader riveted from Holy Sykes' initial angst-ridden teen thought to the very last, hopeful sentence."

The Long Way Home
by Louise Penny
Sharon at Bowsell Book Company in Milwaukee writes: "Penny's 10th novel shows us a different side of Armand Gamache, who agrees to investigate the disappearance of Peter Morrow, a neighbor and friend. Once again, Penny provides an intriguing puzzle, but more importantly she offers another installment in the lives of those characters that I and countless other readers have come to love so well."

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
by Caitlin Doughty
Née Rose at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis writes: "Doughty writes with an intimate voice, using candid humor and raw emotion to take us by the hand and guide us into the underworld of the American funeral industry. She tells a masterful story of our relationship--or lack thereof--with death, crafted with both cultural references and personal memories."

We Are Not Ourselves
by Matthew Thomas
Maria at Orinda Books in Orinda, CA, writes: "This is simply the most perfect, brilliantly written novel I have read in a long time! Suspenseful, full of heartwarming moments of lightness and love intertwined with dark moments of foreboding, it is the story of a marriage, a family, and the struggle to attain the American Dream."

Plus, here are some 2013 IndieNext picks that are now out in paperback!:

by Richard Powers
Recommended in hardcover by Lauren at Left Bank Books in St. Louis.

The Last Days of California
by Mary Miller
Recommended in hardcover by Stacie at Boswell Book Company. 

Snow Hunters
by Paul Yoon
Recommended in hardcover by Darwin at Books on the Common in Ridgefield, CT. 

New Sports Books 

Here are some of the best new books from our Sports section:

The Civil War Rivalry
by Kerry Eggers
Since 1894, the Ducks and the Beavers have squared off on the gridiron to do battle for football bragging rights in Oregon. It's a rivalry that pits family members against one another, splitting the allegiance of an entire state. Award-winning sports journalist Kerry Eggers tells the complete story of one of the most historic rivalries in college football. Through firsthand interviews with the key performers in the rivalry and extensive research in both schools' archives, Eggers offers a comprehensive account of the players, coaches and fans who have made the Civil War the state's most anticipated football game. Whether a Beaver or a Duck, this is a book no fan can do without.

by Bill Madden
Perhaps no single baseball season has so profoundly changed the game forever. In that year--the same year as "Brown vs. Board of Education"--Larry Doby's Indians won an American League record 111 games and went on to play Willie Mays's Giants in the first World Series that featured players of color on both teams. Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

Eight World Cups
by George Vecsey
Blending witty travelogue with action on the field--and shady dealings in back rooms--Vecsey offers an eye-opening, globe-trotting account of the last eight World Cups. He immerses himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans and provides his up-close impressions of charismatic stars like Sócrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane, while also chronicling the rise of the U.S. men's and women's teams. Vecsey shows how each host nation has made the World Cup its own, from the all-night street parties in Spain in 1982 to the roar of vuvuzelas in South Africa in 2010, as the game in the stadium is backed up by the game in the street.

The Hall: A Celebration of Baseball's Greats
by Tom Brokaw
Everyone dreams of Cooperstown. It's a hallowed name in baseball, for players as well as their fans. It's a house where legends live; it's everything that's great about the game. Never before has the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum published a complete registry of inductees with plaques, photographs, and extended biographies. In this unique, 75th anniversary edition, read the stories of every player inducted into the Hall, organized by position. Each section begins with an original essay by a living Hall of Famer who played that position: Hank Aaron, George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount.