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That we sell Kobo eReaders and eBooks that you can read on any device (including your iPad) except Kindle devices?

That we happily gift wrap any of your purchases from us at no additional charge?

That our gift certificates never expire? If we don't expire, they don't expire!

That more than almost anything else we love helping you choose just the right gift? So don't hesitate to ask for ideas if you're stuck.

That we are long-time supporters of local literary and educational activities?


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New in Paperback

Coming July 14th ~
Go Set a Watchman,
by Harper Lee.
Whether this news pleases you, perplexes you, or perturbs you, it's hard to deny the feeling of anticipation. Let us know if you'd like us to reserve a copy for you. 
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Broadway Books
A Great Little Store with Great Big Service
June 2015 Newsletter

Early summer's bounty of warmth and sun are calling us all outside. We're prepared to help you enjoy the salad days of summer with staycation gardening and cook books, as well as the perfect travel guides for those adventures near and far. And if you just want to get lost in a beefy novel, a moody mystery, or a summery beach read, we've got those too.

Don't forget that Father's Day is just around the corner. We're happy to help you celebrate that special guy in your life by finding just the right books, fiction and non-fiction alike.  

As you begin scheduling your summer activities, be sure to take note of the dates for the Big Northeast Broadway Summer Super Sale, July 17th through 19th -- we're going to have some great deals for you.

See you soon!

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

Thursday, June 18th, 7 pm: Sue Schaefer 

Sue Schaefer joins us to read from her debut novel Now I Am Here Doing This.

The setting is 1984 in the Pacific Northwest and Val, an unconventional mother and artist, knows she's losing her daughter Hana but doesn't know to what to do about it.  A domestic detective story and a fictionalized memoir, Now I Am Here Doing This is about mothers, daughters, art, adolescence, memory, crime, death, secrets, love, illusion, loss, and redemption.

Schaefer is a Portland artist and writer. In her most recent project she painted a sentence every Tuesday for a year from page 147 of found, random books.  


Monday, June 22nd, 7 pm: Linda Ly 

Linda Ly will be here to talk to us about her new book, The CSA Cookbook: No-Waste Recipes for Cooking Your Way Through a Community Supported Agriculture Box, Farmers' Market, or Backyard Bounty. This newly published book presents a no-waste, "nose to tail" approach to cooking and eating the vegetables from a Community Supported Agriculture box, farmer's market, or backyard harvest.

Join us in learning about common food myths, the surprising parts of plants you might not have known were edible, and how to reduce waste in the kitchen by using the odds and ends from your vegetables in recipes.

Linda Ly is the blogger behind the award-winning, named "Best in Gardening" by Country Living and deemed a go-to source for all things green by HGTV.  As a member of Slow Food USA, Ly delights in growing, harvesting, preserving, and cooking only food that comes from the earth. She gains endless inspiration from her modern homestead by the sea, which she shares with her husband, a pair of pugs, and a flock of chickens.  

Tuesday, June 23rd, 7 pm: Judith Barrington

We're thrilled to welcome renowned poet Judith Barrington to read from her newest collection, The Conversation. She will be introduced by The Oregonian's Poetry Editor, Kirsten Rian.

The Conversation is Barrington's long-meditated dialogue with the many interlocking parts of her life, the record of her sustained career as writer, teacher, activist, and explorer of the heart's mysteries. The poems explore the losses and the gains and what remains, through life's evolutions.

Barrington has published three other collections of poetry and two poetry chapbooks, a memoir, and a best-selling text on writing literary memoir. Her memoir Lifesaving won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her poems have been featured by Garrison Keillor. In 2013 she was awarded the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize.


 Thursday, June 25th, 7 pm: The Picnic

Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson are the authors of the newly published book The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket, a collection of their recipes and stories.  

They will be here on the 25th to tell us what they consider to be the top picnic basket essentials, demonstrate secrets for making the perfect deviled eggs, and share their inspiration for this ingenious and beautiful guide to all things picnic. Audience members are invited to share in the eggs and some picnic-perfect beverages!

The Picnic offer guidance on everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice and includes ninety-nine uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly catcher, or cookie jar), rules for scoring lawn games, and refreshing drinks to mix up in crowd-friendly batches.


Marnie Hanel writes for The New York Times Magazine, W magazine, Departures, and Marie Claire. Andrea Slonecker is a cookbook writer, food stylist, the recipe editor of Kinfolk, and the author of Pretzel Making at Home and Eggs on Top. Jen Stevenson runs the Portland food blog Under the Table with Jen and is the author of Portland's 100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces. Together these three lead the Portland Picnic Society, a group that was founded to celebrate the art of picnicking -- and what's not to love about that?! Come help us usher in summer.  

Meet Kim Bissell
Kim Bissell has joined Broadway Books as a new partner, stepping into the giant shoes left when Roberta retired from the store last December. Kim has tons of enthusiasm and great ideas for the future of the store, but her current focus is learning the ropes and meeting all of you and continuing to provide the exceptional service you have come to expect of us.

As you can imagine, Kim is an avid reader. Her favorite genres are anything that grabs her attention and keeps her holding on for dear life. Her latest favorites include the powerful novel Enchanted by Portland author Rene Denfeld and the perfect beach read, Emma, A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith.

Kim and her husband Dan have two daughters, Ky, age 14, and Sylvie, age 11. Both girls are longing for school to be out and are attacking their own stacks of summer reads -- ask Kim about their current favorites, too! You'll hear about Greenglass House by Kate Milford from Sylvie and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell from Ky, and a whole bunch more. 

Please join us in welcoming our newest Bookbroad!
Crane Stationery Line
We're very pleased to announce that we have been selected to be a retail source of Crane Stationery. Crane has designed and hand-crafted fine stationery in this country for more than two centuries -- Crane also prints the US paper currency!

We have an initial selection of Crane's classics, as well as note cards designed by William Arthur and Vera Wang. We will expand our selection based on our customer's responses to these beautiful new products.

We think you will agree that no email or text has the soulful effect of a handwritten note, and Crane stationery is a perfect way to get started! 

In addition to the Crane line we have a large selection of "thank you" notes appropriate for graduates or for students to acknowledge their teachers or express appreciation for gifts. It's never too early or too late to learn the art of letter writing!
Father's Day and Graduation
If you're looking for gift ideas for the Dads or grads in your life, we've got you covered with gifts and cards. Come check out our tables of fun ideas..... And if you're still stuck after that, nothing says I love you and I'm proud of you like a Broadway Books gift certificate!
2016 Calendars
Seriously, can you believe it? We're already selling calendars for 2016. The August-to-August calendars have just arrived, and this year's colors are fabulous as always: basic black (of course always fashionable, even if they do call it "licorice"), aquamarine, shamrock (can't just say green!), pumpkin, ruby, and lilac. We've also already received our shipment of Moleskine 2016 planners -- they always go fast, so come check them out soon.
New in Hardcover

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
David McCullough returns to our shelves with The Wright Brothers, the story-behind-the-story of those Ohio bicycle mechanics and their flying machines. The double Pulitzer-Prize-winning author is renowned for biographies that go down as smooth as fiction, such as Mornings on Horseback and The Greater Journey. Here McCullough explores Orville and Wilbur's relationship with their sister Katherine, and why they had to look to France for recognition of their genius. The New York Times says that this book "soars." We'll let them get away with that. 
A Bone to Pick, by Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman, one of the country's best-known food writers, is optimistic about the future of our kitchens and restaurants. He tells us why in his latest book, A Bone to Pick: The Good News and Bad News about Food, with Wisdom and Advice on Diets, Food Safety, GMOs, Farming and More. 

Already known for his How to Cook Everything series, Bittman offers us a collection of essays (culled from his New York Times articles from 2011 to 2014) that cover such topics as agricultural practices and corporate greed and celebrate recent improvements in school lunches and even fast food. As an unabashedly opinionated and thought-provoking commentator, Bittman is sure to raise the hackles of vegans and paleos alike. 
A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
We became familiar with the Todd family in Kate Atkinson's experimental novel Life After Life. Her new novel, A God in Ruins, more of a companion piece than a sequel, is the life -- or is it? -- of Ted Todd. Atkinson's newest book is more straight-forward, her vision humane and her artistry marvelously delicate and varied. This  novel would be an especially wonderful choice for a long trip when something absorbing is called for, as readers will enjoy getting lost in this immensely moving novel. 
Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf
Now for a bittersweet pleasure, we offer you Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf's posthumous novel set, of course, in the small Colorado town we know from his best-known previous novels Plainsong and Eventide.

Slim but never slight, this book explores what characters Louise and Addie are allowed in their roles as "old people." The Washington Post says that Haruf's final book is "distilled to elemental purity" and this his "Shaker sentences" are absorbing and reverent. No gimmicks here, just utterly charming storytelling. 

Is your book club looking for ideas for new books? We'd love to brainstorm with you. And we're always happy to let you know if books are readily available and when they'll be published in paperback. 

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