September 2016 Readings, New Books for Kids and Teens, and More!

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First Friday
Ankle Biters
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Kids & Teens
First Friday
September 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:
August-to-August 2016-2017 Day Planer (choose your color!) 
And our kids prize is:  Tinyville Town Gets to Work!
by Brian Biggs, plus a matching book bag! 
Ankle Biters
Stoop no more! In our latest Theme section, find a bunch of great books by authors stuck at ankle level (at the end of the alphabet, or on a bottom shelf). Here are just a handful of those titles:
by Lidia Yuknavitch
by Jacqueline Winspear
by Markus Zusak
The Invention of Nature
by Andrea Wulf 
by Matthew White 
The Boxcar Children

by Gertrude Chandler Warner 
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September 2016 Readings, New Books for Kids and Teens, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest book for children and teens, and find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
Authors Coming in September & Early October
Tim Applegate
Fever Tree
Thursday, September 8, 7pm

The local author will read from his new novel, Fever Tree. When a handsome and mysterious stranger arrives in Crooked River, the town is consumed by rumors. Although a deeply private young man, Dieter befriends everyone from deckhands to shopkeepers. On the rebound from a disastrous relationship, the charming but hesitant Maggie Paterson falls in love.Teddy Mink, the town's notorious, paranoid drug lord, convinced that Dieter's a narc, formulates a plan to silence him. Maggie's recently estranged ex, who moonlights as a drug runner for Teddy, jealously agrees that Dieter must be handled no matter the cost. From the moonlit beaches of Quintana Roo to the waterfront docks of Crooked River, Florida, Fever Tree is a beautifully written story that charts the surprising journey of a deeply troubled young man zealously guarding the secrets of his past.

Jack Estes
A Soldier's Son
Tuesday, September 13, 7pm
Local author Jack Estes's new novel, A Soldier's Son, is the powerful and redeeming story of a father's haunting memories of war, and his desperate attempt to save his son. "Estes skillfully presents the effect of war on families both in the moment and decades later. His characters are rich and complex. Battle scenes are vividly drawn, keeping the reader caught up in the action. A complex novel of the past and future, fathers and sons, and war and redemption, and the devastating impact of large-scale violence on both the perpetrators and the victims." - Kirkus Review
Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank with Me
Monday, September 19, 7pm

In Johnson's debut novel, reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she's put to work right away--as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer's eccentric nine-year-old. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank's father is, how his gorgeous "piano teacher and itinerant male role model" Xander fits into the Banning family equation-and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

Kyla Merwin
The Lost Codex of the Christian Heretics
Tuesday, September 20, 7pm

The Da Vinci Code meets The English Patient in this thrilling new novel by Oregon author, Kyla Merwin. Discover the hidden secrets of early Christianity as three daring friends search the remote and mysterious landscapes of 1947 Egypt--unveiling the most controversial archaeological discovery in 2,000 years. The Lost Codex is the story of danger, love, betrayal and choice. It's a journey though the fears and ecstasies of the human spirit, and a search for the most controversial religious material of the 20th century.

Marianne Monson
Frontier Grit
Thursday, September 22, 7pm

The Multnomah Village author reads from her history of frontier women. Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. Monson ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

Bill Merritt
Crackers: A Southern Memoir
Tuesday, September 27, 7pm

The Portland author returns to Annie Bloom's to read form his memoir. Merritt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the Vietnam War. A joyously unreconstructed Southerner, he looks on with amazement as Atlanta changes from a sleepy Southern town into the City Too Busy to Hate. Merritt's family is eccentric and colorful, occasionally courageous, often self-centered. This is the story of how the family was caught up in the Orly Air Crash, the Vietnam War, and the emotional fallout from a Cuban whose family had been murdered by Che Guevara. It is the story of the way the Civil Rights Revolution looked to Southerners.  
This is the story the way Southerners remember it--and tell each other.

Sandra Vischer
Unliving the Dream
Wednesday, September 28, 7pm

Things are darn near perfect for Alex Fisher: she runs a successful business with the love of her life, her husband and the father of her two great kids. She's managed to sail through nearly forty years without so much as a hiccup. That is, until she discovers her husband has been having an affair. Suddenly Alex is bouncing through divorce, through her daughter's subsequent rebellion, and through the big questions of who Alex herself really is and what she really wants. In this universal tale told through a unique voice, Alex finds that no one escapes unscathed-but we can all have a good laugh and some major personal growth along the way. A humorous, compassionate, and honest look at how the worst time in one's life ultimately leads to unexpected fulfillment and authenticity.

Elizabeth Cobbs
The Hamilton Affair
Monday, October 3, 6pm

Texas A&M's Professor Cobbs reads from her historical novel. Please note the special 6pm start time! Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River. Together, the unlikely couple braved the dangers of war, the perils of seduction, the anguish of infidelity, and the scourge of partisanship that menaced their family and the country itself.
  Wednesday, October 5, 7pm

For the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Portland's own literary magazine, The Timberline Review, Annie Bloom's welcomes Mark Cunningham, Emily Ransdell, Andrea Hollander, David Melville, Penelope Schott, Heather Whited, and Jody Lisberger. The Timberline Review is a new literary journal, a collage of voices speaking through the written word. Short fiction. Creative nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. Work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. They're searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Their mission is to find these voices, and to let them resound from the treetops. They proudly support literary freedom.

Jessica Luther
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Thursday, October 6, 7pm

Austin, Texas, investigative journalist Luther will read from her book on "College Football and the Politics of Rape." Football teams create playbooks, in which they draw up the plays they will use on the field. Playbooks are how teams work and why they win. This book is about a different kind of playbook: the one coaches, teams, universities, police, communities, the media, and fans seem to follow whenever a college football player is accused of sexual assault. Unsportsmanlike Conduct unpacks this societal playbook piece by piece, and not only advocates that we destroy the old plays, but also suggests we replace them with ones that will force us to finally do something about this issue.

Kate Ristau
Sunday, October 9, 3pm

Portland author Kate Ristau returns to Annie Bloom's for her latest young adult fantasy novel, Clockbreakers. Please note the special 3pm start time! On her eleventh birthday, Charlie receives a key to go back in time. But before she blows out her candles, she rolls her wheelchair right into Ancient Greece with her best friend Maria and her former best friend Trent. She's a Clockbreaker on an action-packed adventure with a mission: to save her father, and perhaps even save the world.

Carolyn Wood
Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey
Monday, October 10, 7pm

Multnomah Village writer Carolyn Wood presents her debut memoir. Tough Girl opens as sixty-five year old Carolyn decides to walk the Camino de Santiago in hopes of reawakening the youthful determination and resilience that took her on the road to Rome and gold at the 1960 Olympics. What she encounters along both paths--fear, fatigue, pain and loss--are well worth the rewards of discovery.

Rachel King and Catherine Evleshin
Among Animals 2
Thursday, October 13, 7pm

Local writers King and Evleshin will read from their contributions to Among Animals 2, a collection of short fiction from Ashland Creek Press. Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of those who live among, who rescue, and who study these animals, and these collected tales highlight the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another. Among Animals 2 continues the tradition of gathering stories from the world's most gifted contemporary authors-those who pay close attention to the creatures with whom we share our planet, and who inspire us to pay closer attention as well.
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 the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for September. 

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT, writes: "Through Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov's ordinary encounters and activities within the bounds of the four walls of post-revolutionary Moscow's Metropol Hotel, where he is under house arrest, Towles deftly guides readers across a century of Russian history, from the Bolshevik uprising to the dawn of the nuclear age under Krushchev. Grandiloquent language and drama reminiscent of Tolstoy gradually give way to action and tradecraft suggestive of le Carré in this lovely and entertaining tale of one man's determination to maintain his dignity and passion for life, even after being stripped of his title, belongings, and freedom. Reading A Gentleman in Moscow is pure pleasure!"

by Affinity Konar

Kelly Pickerill at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, MS, writes: "Sisters Stasha and Pearl are accustomed to the imaginative interior life they share as twins, but in Josef Mengele's 'Zoo' at Auschwitz they must find refuge in that life in order to survive. Readers descend into the violence and despair of the Holocaust as experienced through the eyes of the twins but are protected by an innocence that is also urbane and by a sardonic playfulness that does not shy from horrors but transforms them into fortitude and resilience. Konar has achieved the unlikely--Mischling simultaneously haunts and inspires."

The Nix
by Nathan Hill

Luisa Smith at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, writes: "Hill's debut is remarkable because it does both the little things and the big things right. It is an intimate novel of identity and loss, the story of a boy abandoned and the man now trying to recover. It also paints a vivid portrait of America and its politics from the 1960s to the present. The Nix overflows with unforgettable characters, but none more clearly rendered than Samuel Andersen-Anderson and his mother, Faye, both bewildered by life and struggling to repair the rift between them. From intimate whispers to American news cycles, this astounding novel of reclamation is guaranteed to sweep readers off their feet."

The Hidden Life of Trees
by Peter Wohlleben

Stephen Sparks at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA, writes: "The Hidden Life of Trees reads like a 250-page epiphany. Wohlleben knows trees inside and out, and his revelatory examination of the inner lives of forests provides evidence of what many sensitive nature-lovers long suspected: that trees form friendships, sustain one another, and should be viewed as more than a natural resource. This is the kind of writing that can profoundly affect the way we live on this planet."

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

The Art of Memoir
by Mary Karr

Recommended in hardcover by Susan Posch at The Book Shoppe in Boone, IA.

by Ottessa Moshfegh

Recommended in hardcover by Christopher Phipps at DIESEL: A Bookstore in Oakland, CA.

Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Recommended in hardcover by Bess Bleyaert at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, MI. 
New in Children's & Teen Reads 
Here are some great new books for Kids and YA:
Picture Books:

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead

The title character, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation but there s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

It Came in the Mail
by Ben Clanton

Liam really wants some mail, so he writes a letter to his mailbox asking for something in return. His mailbox delivers, sending Liam more than he could have hoped for and how. But as the mail starts to pile up, Liam realizes that the best packages and parcels are even better when shared with friends.

Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer
by Fiona Robinson

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron's "mad" love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics "poetical science." Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in "programming" his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world's first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

Middle Reader Books:

The Crimson Skew
by S. E. Grove

In this conclusion to Grove's Mapmakers trilogy, Sophia Tims is coming home from a foreign Age, having risked her life in search of her missing parents. Now she is aboard ship, with a hard-earned, cryptic map that may help her find them at long last. But her homecoming is anything but peaceful. As Sophia puzzles out her next move, Shadrack is peeling back layers of government intrigue, and Theo is bracing himself to fight. A red fog of war is rising, and New Occident's future hangs in the balance.

by James Ponti

So you re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country? If you're twelve-year-old Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both. He and his new friend Margaret uncover a mystery that involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL. Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?

The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey
by Chris Colfer

Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is "inside his own short stories " When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?

Teen Reads:

Tell Me Something Real
by Calla Devlin

There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments. As the sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal

The Edge of the Light
by Elizabeth George

Seth Darrow is a straightforward guy, and he likes life to be simple. Lately, it's been anything but. Since his beloved grandfather's stroke, Seth has been focused on getting Grand home again, before his aunt can take advantage of the situation to get her hands on Grand's valuable real estate. Seth would also like to get his relationship with Prynne on solid ground. He loves her, but can he believe she has her drug use under control? In the final book of the Whidbey Island saga, events build to an astonishing climax as secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and lives are changed forever.

by Aaron Starmer

Mara Carlyle's senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until her classmates start blowing up without warning or explanation. As the seniors continue to pop like balloons and the national eye turns to Mara's suburban New Jersey hometown, the FBI rolls in and the search for a reason is on. Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It's an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, Snooze Button, Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you've ever heard from the President of the United States.