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October 2015 Newsletter

How lovely was that blood moon to close out the month of September? It left us in jaw-dropping awe. We welcome October, with its brisk morning air and golden leaves, and -- we hope -- rainy skies.
We also welcome the flow of wonderful new books as the holidays approach. Our goodie bag of treats is near overflowing already as we celebrate the arrival of fall with new books from some of our favorite authors. This month alone we'll see new novels from Geraldine Brooks, Orhan Pamuk, Jane Smiley (the conclusion to her trilogy), and David Mitchell, new mysteries from Elizabeth George, Alexander McCall Smith (yes, the 16th # No 1 Ladies Detective book!), Faye Kellerman, Ian Rankin, and Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), and memoirs from an amazing group of women (including Patti Smith, Carrie Brownstein, Diana Nyad, Sandra Cisneros, and Gloria Steinam). 

October also brings us a new collection of poetry from Mary Oliver, a delightful book of quotes from Cheryl Strayed, more cook books and dog books than you can wag a tail at, and -- for the younger set -- the launch of a new series from Rick Riordan, this time bringing Norse mythology to his readers. And don't even let us get started on all of the amazingly beautiful picture books for kids coming out now. In October we'll also receive this year's installments of all of the "Best of" series -- short stories, essays, poetry, travel writing, science and nature writing, and more.

We are blessed with an abundance of wonderful book treats arriving daily, and grateful for our supportive community of book-loving readers -- makes for a good team, don't you think?

In addition to a store full of great reads, we're also excited to bring you an exciting line-up of authors to come see in the store -- a little something for everyone!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
October Events
Thursday, October 8th, 7 pm: Arn Strasser
Arn Strasser will read from his new collection of poetry and prose, Before Dreaming.

Published by Budding Branch Books, Before Dreaming is described as "Varied in tone, from deeply moving to light-hearted, the work shows a keen sense of structure and rhythm, a testament to a strong poetic style rooted in experience." 

Strasser was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and grew up in Great Neck, outside of New York City. He is well respected for his art work, which has been shown at a variety of galleries. He is a chiropractic physician who practices in Portland. Poetry has been a lifelong interest that began with his meeting the poet Denise Levertov in the early '70s.

Tuesday, October 13th, 7 pm: Ellen Urbani
Ellen Urbani will read from her second book, Landfall, on Tuesday, October 13th at 7 pm. Landfall is the most recent publication from Portland publisher Forest Avenue Press.

In this novel, Rosebud Howard survives Hurricane Katrina. She charges through the Lower Ninth Ward, beating the wall of floodwater by a half-block. Her trek to Tuscaloosa in search of help for her family ends when she's hit and killed by a car laden with supplies for hurricane victims. Passenger Rose Aikens is orphaned by the crash and discovers she and the victim share a name and a birth year. Rose embarks upon a guilt-assuaging odyssey to retrace Rosebud's last steps and locate her remaining kin. 

The stories and destinies of these two teenagers -- one black, one white -- converge in Landfall, giving voice to the dead and demonstrating how strangers, with perseverance and forgiveness, can unite to reconstruct each other's shattered family histories.

Urbani is the author of the memoir When I Was Elena (The Permanent Press, 2006), a Book Sense Notable selection documenting her life in Guatemala during the final years of that country's civil war. Her autobiographical essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of bestselling anthologies as well as in The New York Times. We'll be slinging a little gumbo and cornbread tonight as well! 
Thursday, October 15th, 7 pm: Timberline Review
We're excited to welcome back the editors of the wonderful new literary journal The Timberline Review, along with several of the authors featured in the inaugural issue. Reading at the store tonight will be, among others, Brian Doyle, Jack Estes, Stephen Whitney, and Steve Theme.

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine and the author of several books -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry -- including the bestselling book Mink River and his most recent novel, Martin Marten. His novel Chicago will be published this spring. Jack Estes is the author of the memoir
A Field of Innocence, which is about his service in Vietnam. His book A Soldier's Son is scheduled for release later this fall. J. Stephen Whitney is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer whose work has appeared in African American Review, Exhibition, Black Scholar, and USA Today. Steve Theme's articles have appeared in Alaska Magazine, The Seattle Times, and elsewhere. He has a forthcoming memoir, Asphalt Asylum.

Tuesday, October 20th, 7 pm: Floyd Skloot 
Floyd Skloot will read from his new collection, Approaching Winter. His eighth poetry collection, Approaching Winter evokes the fluid and dynamic nature of memory as it ebbs and floods our daily lives. Traveling from Portland's Willamette River to the hushed landscapes of the afterlife, the poems in this collection acknowledge the passage of time and the inevitable darkness that lies ahead. 

At times whimsical and others meditative, Approaching Winter gives voice to the struggle to find coherence in a fragmented world. He will also read from his previous collection, Close Reading.

Skloot is a writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction whose work has received three Pushcart Prizes, a Pen USA Literary Award, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards.

Thursday, October 22nd, 7 pm: Jill Postlewait Meengs
Jill Postlewait Meengs joins us to read from her debut novel, the thriller Trigger.

Jordan Shaw knows the only way to stop the man who is hunting her is to kill him.  She also knows the other men who came after her are dead, and some of their blood is on her hands. She realizes she wouldn't have survived this long without the help of the intriguing and secretive Chase Hudson. Thrown into a dangerous clandestine international organization from an innocuous summer backpacking trip, Shaw has one chance to out-maneuver a world-class killer.
Meengs grew up in a small town on the Oregon Coast. She has backpacked and traveled through more than thirty countries. Currently she lives in the Willamette Valley with her husband Chad, who encouraged her to write this novel, and their daughter. Her debut novel was inspired by their travels together.
Ticketed Event with Cheryl Strayed
Tuesday, November 3rd, 7 pm: Cheryl Strayed
We are so excited to be welcoming back our good friend Cheryl Strayed to the store on Tuesday, November 3rd, to tell us all stories. Cheryl's newest book, Brave Enough, is a collection of quotes drawn from her wide range of writings -- each functioning as "mini instruction manuals for the soul."

Tickets for this event are $16.95, the price of the new book, and include a signed copy of Brave Enough. A limited number of tickets to this event will be sold, so don't delay! Tickets will go on sale Friday, October 9th, at 10am. Tickets can be purchased online through this link, or at the store. 
Lady Alamo Bags
We saw these adorable zip pouches and bags at a local craft fair and just had to have them at the store. We think you'll love the fine details and craftsmanship, not to mention the fantastic patterns! They'll make great pouches for storing your pens and pencils for all of that adult coloring that seems to be the rage these days -- or for whatever other treasures you choose to tuck inside. They make great gifts -- or maybe just a great way to gift yourself. 
Poster Hangers

Have you found yourself standing in front of our rack of beautiful single sheets of Cavallini papers, thinking "these are just to beautiful to wrap a present in"? Well, us too!  Problem now solved with our new wooden hanging frames meant to turn these beautiful sheets of paper into wall art.  At $10 they are affordable and lovely. Cavallini sheets are only $3 each, or you can use your own poster.
New in Hardcover
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff 
Fates and Furies was recently chosen by Richard Ford as the next NPR Morning Edition Book Club pick and longlisted for the National Book Award -- and we can see why. Groff tries her hand at Greek tragedy with this epic story of the marriage of Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde. Fates have their way with Lotto in the first half, and the furies complete the story with Mathilde. You won't need a degree in classics to fully appreciate the masterful storytelling with rich characters and twisting plot in this new great read. Fates and Furies is Groff's third novel.

Sweet Caress, by William Boyd
William Boyd just seems to have too much fun with his fiction. In his new novel Sweet Caress, Boyd kicks up the mischief by using found snapshots to illustrate the story of a female photographer living in London and New York from 1908 til 1983.

Mixing the personal with the political from pre-war Britain through war-torn Vietnam, Amory Clay's life story is told with quiet humor and fluency. Discerning readers relished Boyd's earlier books, including Any Human Heart and A Good Man in Africa. Many chortled at his prankings of the New York art scene in Nat Tate. Sweet Caress won't let these fans down. The Guardian calls the book "a rollicking good story with the minimum of pretension" told with "absolute mastery of tone."
The Brain: The Story of You, by David Eagleman 
Your brain -- three pounds of a jello-like material with a hundred billion neurons -- fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. It is constantly learning, adapting, and updating. In his new book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman takes us on a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are you ? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? This new book is a companion to the six-part PBS series on the brain that is airing starting this month.

Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. His published work includes the fictional work Sum:  Forty Tales from the Afterlives and the nonfiction work Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which explores the neuroscience of the subconscious brain. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf 
In her new book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World, Andrea Wulf reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world and in the process created modern environmentalism. Von Humboldt, who lived from 1769 to1859, was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. While the man himself may have been forgotten, in North America his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains.

Wulf tells of his expeditions, investigations, and discoveries, and discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simon Bolivar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf is also the author of Chasing Venus, Founding Gardeners, and The Brother Gardeners.

My Pantry, by Alice Waters, and My Kitchen Year, by Ruth Reichl 
We celebrate the start of cookbook season with two very personal offerings from cookery's grande dames. First, Alice Waters' My Pantry brings us not to the kitchen of Chez Panisse but of Chez Alice! Waters reveals in recipes and in essays the little grace notes that make even simple meals sing. Quick pickles, salt-preserved kumquats, roasted eggplant caponata -- all are within reach of a good cook. The book is charmingly illustrated by her daughter, Fanny Singer. A delight to own or give.

In 2009, Ruth Reichl was the editor of the venerable Gourmet magazine until suddenly one day she wasn't. My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life reveals how cooking restored her balance. It's as much memoir as cookbook -- read about the easy pasta she made for the editorial crew the day they closed up the office, or how her son learned to make great quiches. Reichl's philosophy is that recipes are conversations, not lectures. It's hard to know which to praise more, the food or the writing about food; both are delicious.  
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Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726