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February 2014 Newsletter

Brrrr. February is starting off cold and possibly a little snowy - thanks to that darned groundhog! We think that makes perfect weather for curling up in a warm blanket with a good book or two--and we have lots of great ones to choose from. We also have a couple of events on tap that we're really looking forward to; we invite you to join us.

Please note: The event on Wednesday, February 5th, will take place at Broadway Books and not at Annie Blooms, as it was listed in the Sunday Oregonian.

Roberta Dyer and Sally McPherson
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
February Readings

Wednesday, February 5th, 7 pm: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler, Monica Drake and Art Edwards

 We are excited to welcome three authors and an artist, who will present a dazzling display of talent.


Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler, the author and illustrator, respectively, of God is Disappointed in You, will give a ten-minute Powerpoint presentation of this bestseller. Monica Drake will show a short film ("Georgie's Big Break," directed by Andy Mingo) based on a chapter in her most recent novel, The Stud Book (just released in paperback). and Art Edwards will read from his forthcoming rock-and-roll novel, Badge. There probably will be music.And who knows what else?  We're anticipating a wild ride - won't you join us? 


Wednesday, February 12th, 7 pm: Ooligan Press Presents We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

Ooligan Press is proud to be publishing We Belong in History: Writing With William Stafford. This concise volume celebrates the poetry of William Stafford and his continued legacy.The book is an anthology of select works from the former Oregon Poet Laureate and response poems by students from the Oregon school system. In addition, the book contains lesson plans to assist educators in continuing the rich tradition Stafford left behind. The book was released on January 1, 2014 to coincide with the centennial celebration of William Stafford's birth.


Readers are invited to attend the launch party celebration at Broadway Books. Please join us and enjoy poetry readings from Kim Stafford, Emily Kendal Frey, student poet Anushka Nair, who was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting's show "Think Out Loud," and readings from our other student poets who all made We Belong in History possible. Refreshments will be provided.


New Fiction in Hardcover
Worthy Brown's Daughter,
Phillip Margolin 
Portland author and New York Times bestselling mystery writer Phillip Margolin has just published a historical novel based on the same true story that R. Gregory Nokes wrote about in Breaking Chains: the groundbreaking legal case Holmes v. Ford in 1853, in which a former slave sued his former master for custody of the former slave's children.

Set in the cutthroat, corrupt world of frontier law, Worthy Brown's Daughter is a compelling historical drama from nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen
Novelist and journalist Anna Quindlen returns to the fiction world with a novel that presents the wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
  The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness
A magical novel, based on a Japanese folk tale, that imagines how the life of a broken-hearted man is transformed. George Duncan is an American living and working in London. At forty-eight, he owns a small print shop, is divorced, and lonelier than he realizes. All of the women with whom he has relationships eventually leave him for being too nice. But one night he is woken by an astonishing sound -- a terrific keening coming from somewhere in his garden. When he investigates he finds a great white crane, a bird taller than even himself. It has been shot through the wing with an arrow. Moved more than he can say, George struggles to take out the arrow from the bird's wing, saving its life before it flies away into the night sky.

Shortly thereafter, a beautiful and enigmatic woman name Kumiko walks into his shop, and George begins to fall desperately in love with her.Witty, magical, and romantic, The Crane Wife is a story of passion and sacrifice, that resonates on the level of dream and myth. It is a novel that celebrates the creative imagination and the disruptive power of love.
 Perfect, Rachel Joyce
Perfect is the dark, quiet, second novel by Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harol Fry. Byron's mother Diana takes a shortcut through the Digby Road estate in her Jaguar. Distracted by her son Byron, who thinks time has gone into reverse and wants to show her his watch, she knocks a little girl off her bike, breaking the girl's leg. Not seeing what has happened, she drives on, leaving Byron alone with a secret. Life, he knows straightaway, will "never be the same."

The book is much darker than Harold Fry,
a warning about our search for perfection and control in an imperfect and uncontrollable world.
Perfect could easily become a book club favorite, incorporating the themes of class, mental illness, redemption and forgiveness.
 The Wind is Not a River, Brian Payton
The Wind is Not a River is a gripping tale of survival and an epic love story set in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, he heads north to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.After his plane is shot down over the island of Attu, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.

In the meantime, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.
 Is your book club looking for ideas for new books? We're always glad to brainstorm with you. And we're happy to let you know if books are readily available, and when they'll be out in paperback.
Contact Information
Roberta Dyer or Sally McPherson
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726