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A Great Little Store with Great Big Service
March 2015 Newsletter

We welcome the arrival of March with a full slate of events for you, dear reader. Truly something on the menu for everyone, including an award ceremony for one of our favorite authors, Molly Gloss. Our events this month include writers of poetry, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction, a book about mothers who run, and a book about the history of Portland's very own Horse Brass Pub. We hope you can join us for the events that speak to you, and pass along the news of all of our events to your friends. 


To celebrate the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick's Day, we're offering another "secret password sale." This month's secret password is LUCKY, because we feel so lucky to have you all as our customers, neighbors, and friends. Come to the store on Sunday March 15th through Wednesday the 18th and tell us you feel lucky too and we'll give you 20% off any one book in the store (no special orders). You may only use the password once, on one book (cannot be used with gift certificates or pink cards).

We look forward to seeing you!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
March Readings
Thursday, March 5th, 7 pm:  Terry Martin and Kate Gray 
We are pleased to welcome poet and essayist Terry Martin and poet and novelist Kate Gray to our store. Terry will be reading from her new collection of poetry, The Light You Find, and Kate will read from her recently published novel, Carry the Sky.

The Light You Find, Martin's third collection of poetry, explores life transitions, accomplishments and losses, and the exploring of places. Her first collection of poems, Wishboats, won the Judges' Choice Award at Seattle's Bumbershoot Book Fair in 2000. Martin is an English professor at Central Washington University. She received her M.A. and PhD from the University of Oregon.

Kate Gray's debut novel Carry the Sky takes an unblinking look at bullying. Her first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed her chapbooks Bone-Knowing and Where She Goes. Gray received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. She has been teaching English at Clackamas Community College for more than twenty years.

Friday March 6th, 6 pm: Presentation of PNBA Award to Molly Gloss

We are thrilled that Molly Gloss has been selected as one of the six winners of this year's awards from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association for her new novel Falling from Horses. Please join us for the award ceremony from 6 pm to 7 pm at the store. We'll have cake and a toast to Molly, as we celebrate this well-earned achievement.

Falling from Horses, set in the late 1930s, tells the story of a young cowboy who leaves southeastern Oregon to become a stunt rider in Hollywood.

The annual PNBA book award is presented to authors who reside in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, or British Columbia. The award winners are selected by owners and staff of independent bookstore members of PNBA throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

This event is open to the public. Please join us in celebrating Molly Gloss and her award-winning novel.
Monday, March 9th, 7 pm: Patricia Bracewell, The Price of Blood

 We are pleased to welcome Patricia Bracewell to the store to read from her second historical novel, The Price of Blood. She will be joined in conversation by James Earl, medieval studies scholar and English Professor Emeritus from the University of Oregon.

Patricia Bracewell is also the author of Shadow on the Crown about Emma of Normandy, who was an English Queen for nearly four decades. The Price of Blood is Bracewell's riveting sequel in which Queen Emma defends her children and her crown from menacing Vikings and enemies of the court.

Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an M.A. in English Literature. Her historical research has taken her to Britain, France, and Denmark.
Thursday, March 19th, 7 pm: Sarah Bowen Shea, Tales from Another Mother Runner
Every mother runner has a tale to tell. In Tales from Another Mother Runner, elite runners Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea share their own stories of personal triumph on the pavement but also tell the inspiring stories of many members of the vibrant mother runner community from their popular web blog, Run Like a Mother. While the common theme is running, the variations in stories are as endless as the miles run: losing weight, gaining confidence, finding yourself, connecting with friends, setting goals, dealing with disappointment, figuring out how to train efficiently, clearing your head, and building a better you.

Sarah's previous books are Train like a Mother and Run like a Mother. Whether you've run more marathons than you can remember or you're just getting started, you'll find the inspiration you need to get out there, keep pushing, and run like a mother. 
Monday, March 23rd, 7 pm: Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place 

Please join us as we welcome back a Broadway Books favorite, Jacqueline Winspear, to read from the latest installment in her Maisie Dobbs series: A Dangerous Place.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased online or in the store for $26.99 each, and you will receive a copy of the book (which costs $26.99) at the event. A limited number of tickets will be sold, and they are nonrefundable once purchased.

The reading will take place Monday, March 23rd, from 7 to 8 pm. The store will close at 5:30 pm and will reopen about 6 pm for ticket holders.

Set in the spring of 1937, A Dangerous Place is a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and danger. In the four years since she left England, Maisie has experienced love, contentment, stability -- and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England due to her father's failing health.
On a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn't ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, "You will be alone in a most dangerous place," she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

Tuesday, March 31st, 7 pm: Bob Wright, The Brass: It's a Bit of England Where Good Companionship is the Order of the Day
This book is the story of the birth and growth of the world-famous public house The Horse Brass Pub, right here in Portland. This authentic pub, with deep British roots, became the cathedral of Oregon's craft-beer revolution and it's publican, Don Younger, its archbishop.

The Brass is a narrative of this celebrated pub's events and people, their history, and their character. It is based on the interviews of others who were involved with the pub over decades.

Bob Wright is donating the profits from this book to the Sisters of the Road charity. And it is quite possible that we will have a special brew for toasting Mr. Younger and the other characters in this history.
Website Upgrade
We will be making some changes to our website in early March. This change will require turning off the ordering function for a few days during this time. If you come to our site and are unable to order books, fear not; it will be up and running again shortly. We hope any inconvenience caused by the upgrade will be minimal and will be compensated for by the shiny new look of our site!
New in Hardcover

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Finally, a new novel from the author of the Booker-Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. Fantasy, historical fiction, and myth run together in the story of Axl and Beatrice, an elderly couple in post-Roman Britain (circa AD 450), who travel in search of their lost son.  

The book is a daring venture into a medieval wilderness of monsters, pixies, dragons, wizards, knights, and bloodthirsty warriors. Sometimes savage, sometimes mysterious, the novel is always intensely moving as Ishiguro plays with the act of forgetting and the power of memory.  
The latest installment in this much-loved series brings our dear Flavia de Luce to a Canadian boarding school, where -- surprise, surprise -- a murder occurs, putting Flavia's flair for sleuthing to the test again.  

The series, which some have described as a grown-up version of Nancy Drew meets Harriet the Spy with perhaps a smidgen of Lemony Snicket stirred in, began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Book Seven in the series has Flavia (one reviewer described her as "Pippi Longstocking with a PhD in chemistry") solving mysteries at Miss Bodycote's Female Academy, the boarding school her mother once attended. 

David Axelrod's new memoir takes readers behind the doors of American political campaigning, while also telling the story of his move from journalism -- after eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune -- to political strategist. Since changing careers, Axelrod has managed strategy for more than 150 local, state, and national campaigns. At the heart of Believer is Axelrod's twenty-year friendship with President Barack Obama. Axelrod served as senior strategist in Obama's 2008 victory and his 2012 reelection. In addition, he served in the White House as a senior advisor to the president.

Believer also reveals the roots of his devotion to politics and his faith in democratic change. Axelrod has held fast to his faith in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change. Doris Kearns Goodwin calls this book "one of the finest political memoirs I have ever read," describing it as "beautifully written with warmth, humor, and remarkable self-awareness."
H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald 
Helen MacDonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist and also an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. When her father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated.

An experienced falconer, she decided that the anger and fierceness ignited by her grief mirrored that of the goshawk, and she resolved to purchase and raise one as a means of coping with her loss.

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this memoir is an unflinching account of bereavement, a special look into the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of eccentric falconer and legendary writer T.H. White, whose chronicle The Goshawk this author used for guidance in her own process -- especially for what not to do.
 Home, by Carson Ellis
We don't often tout children's picture books in our "new in hardcover" section. But this new book from local artist Carson Ellis, a whimsical tribute to the many possibilities of "home," is too compelling and delightful for us to resist.  In her new book Ellis, who collaborated with her husband Colin Meloy on the Wildwood series as well as illustrating a variety of other books, offers a visual meditation on the concept of home, be it a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or perhaps even a shell or a shoe! We hope you love this new book as much as we do -- a treat for all ages.
Is your book club looking for ideas for new books? We'd love 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. 

 Save the date! 
National Independent Bookstore Day 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 
We will offer special items created just for this celebration. Please join us!

Contact Information
Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726