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A Great Little Store with Great Big Service
May 2015 Newsletter

National Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, May 2nd. We take pride in being one of the few remaining independent bookstores in Portland - thanks to all of you. We take our responsibility to our community very seriously. We hope to offer the best selection of books from nationally well-known authors, as well as from those flying under the radar or just getting started. We hand-select books for our inventory from large publishers, from small publishers, from local publishers, and directly from the authors -- all to give you the best possible, curated selection of books from which to choose, whether you're on the search for a specific book or just browsing for a serendipitous moment.

We provide a local venue to host authors and discussions of ideas, big and small -- a resource that is becoming rare in this increasingly electronic world. We host student writers from Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program, giving these young writers an opportunity to read their work in public. We provide books for other Literary Arts events -- including Portland Arts & Lectures, Poetry Downtown, and the Oregon Book Awards.

We offer personalized service; we gift wrap year-round for free; we carry great lines of greeting cards; we special order books that we don't carry in our regular inventory; we ship books; and we often personally deliver books directly to our customers' homes.

We love what we do, and we truly believe that indie bookstores matter. Your ongoing support of our business tells us that you do too. So let's celebrate this partnership! 

We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 2nd, for National Independent Bookstore Day. You'll find details about the party below. You're all invited!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
May Readings

Thursday, May 7th, 7 pm: Kara Richardson Whitely

Kara Richardson Whitely joins us to read from her new memoir, Gorge: My Journey up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds.  She will be introduced by someone who knows a thing or two about challenging hikes: her friend and mentor, Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Torch.

Gorge is the raw story of Whitely's ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her difficult but inspiring trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life. Honest and unforgettable, Whitely's journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Whitely shows that big women can do big things.

Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds to raise money for Global Alliance for Africa. Her most recent trek up Africa's highest peak was filmed for a documentary and is the subject of this memoir. Whitely, who is also a motivational public speaker, plus-size fitness advocate, and professional content developer, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Runner's World magazines. She lives in Summit, New Jersey.    


Tuesday, May 12th, 7 pm: Carlos Reyes

Portland poet Carlos Reyes -- an Irish-American who grew up in a family of seasonal farm workers in Western Oregon -- traveled to Ireland in 1972, intent on discovering his ancestral roots. What he found in the West of Ireland was more than lineage. For a pittance, Reyes purchased a 300-year-old stone cottage in Letterkelly. Over the course of more than forty years, Reyes came to be welcomed by the people there as one of their own. In The Keys to the Cottage: Stories from the West of Ireland, Reyes brings to life this cast of unforgettable characters, evoking a slower time of hard farm work, long sessions of poetry and pints, and endless cups of tea lubricating talk of politics and pigs. The people in Reyes' stories are the descendants of those either too poor to escape or tough enough to have survived The Great Potato Famine of the 1800s.

Carlos Reyes is a noted poet, translator, and world traveler. His most recent book of poetry is Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart. He has been an Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a Yaddo Fellow, a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellow (Spain), a Heinrich Boll Fellow (Ireland), an Island Institute Fellow (Sitka, Alaska), and poet-in-residence at the Joshua Tree National Park, Acadia National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument

Thursday, May 14th, 7 pm: Windfall

To celebrate the publication of the spring 2015 issue of Windfall, A Journal of Poetry of Place, several venerable local poets will read their work from this latest journal, including Judith Barrington, Barbara Drake, Andrea Hollander, Verlena Orr, and Kim Stafford. The two editors of Windfall, Michael McDowell and Bill Siverly, will also read.


Judith Barrington is an Oregon Book Award finalist and has written several poetry chapbooks and memoirs -- she will read from her newest collection, The Conversation, at Broadway Books on Tuesday, June 23rd. Barbara Drake is also an Oregon Book Award finalist. Her most recent book is Morning Light, a collection of essays ruminating on rural life in Oregon. Andrea Hollander, another Oregon Book Award finalist, is the author of Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2012. Verlena Orr has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the author of Taking It to the Limit.  Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including the memoir 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.


Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place features poetry which captures the spirit of place as part of the essence of the poem.  Poetry written in the Northwest that is attentive to the relationships between people and the landscapes in which they live is emphasized.


Tuesday & Wednesday, May 19th & 20th, 7 pm: Grant High School WITS

We are big fans of Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program, so it is always a joy to be able to host some of the student writers from that program. On May 19th and 20th we welcome the students from Grant High School, reading from their own work, along with the writer mentors who worked with them.  


For this reading, the student writers worked with Jamie Houghton, Jon Raymond, Cooper Lee Bombardier, and Kathleen Lane, in the classrooms of Kris Spurlock, Mary Rodeback, Dylan Leeman, Mykiel Deych, and Stephanie D'Cruz. 


We are always surprised and delighted by the talent and passion these young writers bring to the table. Join us and see for yourself!


Thursday, May 21st, 7 pm: Kirsten Rian  

Kirsten Rian joins us to read from her new book of poems,
Life Expectancy.

Rian has spent twenty-five years as a writer and multidisciplinary artist. She is widely published internationally as an essayist and poet and is the author of two books. Rian is the poetry editor at The Oregonian, a writing and literature professor, and the recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and project grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. 

Also active in photography for twenty-five years, Rian's other career is as an independent curator and picture editor working with some of the world's most accomplished photographers, publishers, and institutions. She has coordinated more than 375 exhibitions, and picture-edited or written for more than eighty books and catalogs. She recently completed curating an exhibition of images from the vast William Stafford archives for the 2014 William Stafford centennial celebration at Lewis and Clark College, and a digital storytelling project for Notre Dame.    


Thursday, May 28th, 7 pm: Megan Kruse

We are excited to welcome Seattle writer Megan Kruse, who will read from her much-lauded debut novel Call Me Home, published by Portland-based Hawthorne Books.

Call Me Home has an epic scope, braiding the stories of a family in three distinct voices: Amy and her two children: son  Jackson, who is gay and coming of age, and daughter Lydia. At its heart, this is a story about family, our choices and how we come to live with them, what it means to be queer in the rural West, and the changing idea of home.


Elizabeth Gilbert describes Kruse as "a young writer of raw and fearless talent," calling her debut novel "beautiful, haunting, [and] elegiac."

Megan Kruse is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer from the Pacific Northwest. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana, where she was awarded a Bertha Morton scholarship. Her creative writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Sun, Witness Magazine, Thumbnail Magazine, Bellingham Review, and Phoebe, among others. 

Independent Bookstore Day!!
It's possible that we are biased, but we believe every day is a great day to celebrate independent bookstores. Yet who doesn't appreciate an excuse for a party?

We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 2nd, as we join indie bookstores across the country in celebrating our independence and our joy in playing a vital role in our communities. 

On this day only, from 10 am to 7 pm, we will have a special sale to show our deep appreciation for your decades of support: 25% off all hardcover fiction in stock. Holy novel, Batman!

In addition to this special sale, we will be offering limited quantities of one-time-only items created just for this event, including a signed and numbered print from Chris Ware's Building Stories, a wordless print about reading, parenting, and education; a limited-edition signed chapbook by Roxanne Gay on books, reading, and contemporary literature; a broadside from Stephen King's forthcoming novel Finders Keepers; a collection of personal essays on bad luck, bum deals, and other torment, including contributions from Willy Vlautin, Megan Daum, Mary Roach, Brian Doyle, and many more; two separate literary tea towel sets -- "sweet" and "salty"; and several more items. These items have been created just for Independent Bookstore Day and are available in very limited quantities -- in some cases we only have one -- so come early!

We'll also have yummy treats and live music in the store. Spend $100 or more on Saturday and earn an entry into a drawing for cool prizes, including Broadway Books Gift Certificates and mystery grab bags of advance reading copies!

We invite you to join us in this party to celebrate independent bookstores across the nation! 

"Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves." (Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee)
Oregon Book Award Winners
Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's Oregon Book Awards: Susan Hill Long, April Henry, Alex Tizon, Justin Hocking, Andrea Stolowitz, Emily Kendal Frey, Cari Luna, Willy Vlautin, Tom Spanbauer, Jann Tankersley, and Ralph Salisbury. Click here to read more about the winning books. 
2015 Pulitzer Prize

We were excited to hear the announcement about this year's Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction and nonfiction -- a couple of our bestsellers and favorites: All the Light We Cannot See (fiction), by Anthony Doerr, and The Sixth Extinction (nonfiction), by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Mother's Day
Mother's Day is just around the corner (Sunday, May 10th). We have lots of great gifts for you to choose from and -- we hope -- just the right card for mom as well. We're happy to help you choose the perfect gift.

We have found that while moms appreciate things, they especially appreciate time with family. How about a delicious book for mom, and tucked inside tickets for both of you for this year's Irvington Home Tour (Sunday, May 17th)?

We have tickets for the tour on sale at the store ($25 each, cash or check only), so no need to make separate trips!
New in Hardcover

God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison
We're celebrating the arrival of the new novel from Toni Morrison -- this octogenarian gets more refined with each work. In God Help the Child, Bride and Booker are the twenty-somethings at the heart of a story that explores damage inflicted on children, and the possibility of healing.

As Vanity Fair says, "Toni Morrison is one of the gods who walk among us." And while mother-child drama and racism are what drive this book, there are a few wisps of fashion details for fun. Morrison herself reads the audio version of this book, adding another dimension to the experience of the novel.
I Refuse, by Per Petterson
The many fans of Per Petterson (Out Stealing Horses) love his evocations of northern landscapes and emotions, evanescent yet clear and clean. They won't be disappointed with I Refuse (translated by Don Bartlett). 

Jim and Tommy were inseparable as boys but have not seen each other for years when chance brings them together on a bridge in Norway. Like Morrison, Petterson writes of wounds dealt to children and the lasting scars that result. Beyond plot, readers value his books for the quiet yet unforgettable language and the existential truth-telling.
Pleasantville, by Attica Locke
Building on the success of Black Water Rising and The Cutting Season, Attica Locke returns to our shelves with Pleasantville, the second of her mysteries featuring Jay Porter, an environmental lawyer. Set in a real-life section of Houston, the novel explores just how ugly local politics can get -- something the author experienced personally.

Fans of Turow and Lehane take note: Attica Locke is one of the best mystery writers that you haven't read -- yet.
The Road to Character, by David Brooks
Does building your brand and writing advertisements for yourself leave you empty? David Brooks, author of The Social Animal and well known as a pundit, challenges us to adjust the balance between our "resume virtues" and our "eulogy virtues" in The Road to Character, a discussion of "the Big Me," which he describes as emphasizing external success. Displaying his signature wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights, Brooks focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives.

The New York Times says "In the age of the selfie, Brooks wishes to exhort us back to a semiclassical sense of self-restraint, self-erasure, and self-suspicion." Brooks offers examples such as Bayard Rustin, George Eliot, and Frances Perkins in place of telling graduates to follow their dreams -- not a rejection of the gains of the past decades, but a reminder of other kinds of strength. 
Children of the Stone, by Sandy Tolan
Journalist Sandy Tolan returns to the Middle East with Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, the story of Palestinian violinist Ramzi Aburedwan. Now renowned as a musician and humanitarian, Aburedwan first came to the world's attention as a child, when he was photographed hurling stones at Israeli soldiers in a Palestinian refugee camp.

Poignant yet impressively unsentimental, the book reads like a work of fiction as it tells the story of Aburedwan's transformation from rock-thrower to musician to founder of a music school to help children facing the same challenges he did. As in his bestselling book The Lemon Tree, which told the story of Israel and Palestine through a single fruit tree, Tolan chooses a small focus to examine very large issues.
On the Move: A Life, by Oliver Sacks
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has been called "the Poet Laureate of Medicine" by The New York Times. For years he has educated and entertained us through his books of clinical stories (Musicophilia, Hallucinations, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, etc), which often served as windows into the human soul, not just as discussions of clinical pathologies -- including his own.

Now, as he faces his own mortality in his 80s from the ocular melanoma that has metasized to his liver, Sacks tells us his own story in even more detail than he has touched on in previous books. On the Move: A Life discusses his brother's schizophrenia, his own homosexuality, his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, his own struggles with drug addiction, his continuing restless energy, and his multitude of intellectual passions. Sacks himself recently wrote poignantly about facing mortality in an essay in The New York Times, saying "This does not mean I am finished with life." In On the Move we learn just how wildly eventful that life has been.
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Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726