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Broadway Books
A Great Little Store with Great Big Service
September 2015 Newsletter
Ah, the magic of fall -- crisp mornings, cool evenings, and bushels of so much tasty book goodness arriving daily to get our literary juices salivating. We so love this time of year. 
Speaking of literary salivating, check out our slate of  upcoming events! Our full fall season includes some of our very favorite writers telling stories that are close to our homes and hearts. 

We are now opening at 10 on Sundays instead of noon -- let us know if you like this change by coming to the store any Sunday in September and saying the secret password to get 20% off one book! The secret password is BRUNCH.

We'll close by expressing our thanks to all of the firefighters -- near and far, paid and volunteer -- who put their lives on the line regularly to save the lives and homes of others. Wishing you all a lovely and safe Labor Day weekend. We'll be here -- come see us!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
September Events
Tuesday, September 15th, 7 pm: Harold Johnson
Harold L. Johnson joins us to read from his new novel The Fort Showalter Blues.
After the Korean War and before Vietnam, Joseph Birdsong, a young trumpet player, is drafted into the US Army and sent to Fort Showalter in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexican-American border. The trials and tribulations of his life growing up in a small town in Washington and his subsequent move to the big city of Portland have led him to this crossroads. In El Paso, Joe begins to envision a viable path for himself through the often dangerous physical and psychic maze of American daily life and culture.
Johnson is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest.  Between the Korean and Vietnam wars he spent two years in the US Army, after which he returned to Portland where he married, taught English, studied music, and earned a graduate degree in visual art.  He has published two chapbooks and the volume of poetry Citizenship. He lives in Portland with his wife, painter Anne Johnson.
Thursday, September 17th, 7 pm: Michael Helquist
We welcome Michael Helquist, who will read from his new biography Marie Equi, Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions, published by the Oregon State University Press.

Marie Equi explores the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born of Italian-Irish parents in 1872, Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest, and kind-hearted. These traits, along with courage, stubborn resolve, and a passion for justice, propelled Equi through an unparalleled life journey. 
Helquist is a Portland native, an historian, journalist, and activist. He has worked in the anti-war, economic and social justice, and LGBT movements since the 1970s. He has written widely for mainstream and scholarly publications, including the Oregon Historical Quarterly, MS. Magazine, American Medical News, and the Oregon Encyclopedia.

Monday, September 21st, 7 pm: Steve Duin

Steve Duin will read from his newly published novel The Less We Touch.

Though fiction, the book is largely based on the true story of a well-known coach in Lake Oswego, his relationships with his players, and the sacrifices made in the vain attempts for college athletic scholarships. This timely novel should trigger important discussions about the politics and pressures of high school sports.

Duin has been a columnist for The Oregonian since 1984. He is the author of six books, including Comics: Between the Panels, a history of the comics genre, and Oil and Water, a graphic novel about the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Duin lives in Lake Oswego with his wife, Nancy

Wednesday, September 23rd, 7 pm: Liz Prato and Lidia Yuknavitch 
Broadway Books welcomes the dynamic duo of Lidia Yuknavitch and Liz Prato, reading from and discussing their new work.

Lidia Yuknavitch's new novel, The Small Backs of Children, takes place in a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, where an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image, instantly iconic, garners acclaim and prizes and in the United States becomes a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer's best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.

Yuknavitch is the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water and the novel Dora: A Headcase, both published by Hawthorne Books. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, Mother Jones, Ms., The Sun, The Rumpus, PANK, Zyzzyva, Fiction International, and other publications. She teaches writing and literature in Portland.

Baby's on Fire, the debut story collection from Liz Prato, is described by writer Steve Almond as "filled with the lost, the lonely, and the damned, and she makes all of them sing with a haunting grandeur. Baby's on Fire is a lamentation brimming with wit, candor, and the eternal possibility of mercy." 

Prato's short stories and essays have appeared in more than two dozen literary journals and magazines. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher, and edited the fiction anthology The Night, and the Rain, and the River, published by Forest Avenue Press. She teaches writing in Portland.

Friday, September 25th, 7 pm: Kim van Alkemade
Orphan Number Eight is a rich historical novel inspired by true events. The author tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before.

Van Alkemade was born in New York City and spent her childhood in suburban New Jersey. Her late father, an immigrant from the Netherlands, met her mother, a descendant of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, in the Empire State Building. She is a professor at Shippensburg University where she teaches writing. Her creative nonfiction essays have been published in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, So To Speak, and CutBank. Orphan Number Eight is her first novel.
2016 Calendars
They've been slowly arriving over the past few weeks, and now
we're just about at our peak for 2016 calendars. You'll never have a better selection from which to choose. Wall calendars are such a lovely way to provide inexpensive art throughout your house -- especially with the Cavallini's, our favorites! We're big fans of the one-per-room line of thought. Plus we have engagement books of all types and sizes and plenty o' page-a-days. Come and get 'em while the getting is at its finest!
Blue Orange Games
We're hooked on the fun new fast-paced, brain-building games from Blue Orange. They're perfect for kids of all ages and make great gifts too. Our new favorites are Bendomino, Nada, Flash, and Spot It! Check out the new themed Spot Its, including Gone Camping, Shalom, a waterproof version, and one for all you hipsters -- something for everyone!
New in Hardcover
Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
Destined to be the most talked-about novel this fall, Purity is Jonathan Franzen's latest. In Purity, Franzen's usual dysfunctionals meet the dystopians of David Shafer's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Dave Eggers'  The Circle, with a little Cold War nostalgia thrown in. Already the critics are calling it magisterial.

Franzen established himself as the premier Jonathan of Brooklyn with his earlier novels Freedom and The Corrections, but the ailurophobe's new work is a plot-driven departure that will please lovers of a good yarn as well as his committed fans. 

Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg
Did You Ever Have a Family? is the debut novel by Bill Clegg, an alpha literary agent and the author of two memoirs about his recovery from addiction. Already longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this powerful novel tells the story of people seeking solace after a shocking tragedy. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid suffers the sudden loss of everyone she loves. Her grief drives her across the country to Moclips, Washington. 
Although the premise is tragic, Anne Enright, herself a winner of the Booker, says Clegg's work is "deeply optimistic," while Michael Cunningham (The Hours, among others) praises his "nuanced, lyrical voice." Clegg is certainly a writer on the rise.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal
Here's a debut novel that's all fun. In his book about Midwestern chef savant Eva Thorvald and the people and food in her life, author J. Ryan Stradal has more fun with food than we've seen since Louise Erdrich put nuts and bolts in a jello salad! Read this creampuff of a novel for its comic exploration of haute cuisine meets potluck hot dishes. Stradal, who adds notes of magical realism to his novel, has been labeled Garrison Keillor's heir-apparent by some critics. Dieters may need to skip the chapter on peanut-butter bars.

Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart
Next up in the all-fun-no-angst category: Amy Stewart, author of the nonfiction books Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, and The Drunken Botanist, enters the world of fiction with Girl Waits With Gun.

Constance Kopp was 
a real-life sheriff's deputy, one of the first women ever to wear the star. One hundred years ago, she and her sisters broke the mold and kept the peace in Paterson, New Jersey. Elizabeth Gilbert called the book "a smart, romping adventure" -- you're likely to call it irresistible enjoyment. 
And for those who prefer their mysteries with plenty of blood and twisted sex, Stieg Larsson has risen from the grave to give us the latest in the Dragon Tattoo series, The Girl in the Spider's Web. Ok, it's actually written by David Lagercrantz, but Lisbeth Salander is back! Plus new books from Louise Penny (The Nature of the Beast), Sue Grafton (X), and Sara Paretsky (Brush Back). 

The Last Love Song, by Tracy Daugherty
Corvallis author Tracy Daugherty delves deep into the life of distinguished author and journalist Joan Didion in The Last Love Song. Didion, the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The Year of Magical Thinking, among others, met her husband John Gregory Dunne when they were both working as journalists in New York City. They later moved to LA and became successful writing partners, working on screen plays and adaptions together. Daugherty thoughtfully uses events in her life and of the times to shed light on her highly biographical work.  
Voices in the Ocean, by Susan Casey
Susan Casey, the author of The Wave, a book about rogue waves, is back with an exploration of a species that captures the imagination of many with Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins. After an encounter with a pod of spinner dolphins off the coast of Maui, Casey embarked on a two-year global adventure to study the nature of these playful, sociable, intelligent creatures of the ocean, revealing the dark side that also exists in our relationship with dolphins.

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