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Broadway Books
A Great Little Store with Great Big Service
November 2015 Newsletter

Happy Halloween! With the arrival of November and the holiday season, we're brewing up some magic and our shelves are brimming with treats -- from board books and picture books to thick tomes of history and biography, complemented by cookbooks and coffee table books that are equally delicious  -- we've truly got something for everyone on your shopping list (and some gems for yourself).
This year our holiday shopping hours will begin on Monday, November 30th -- don't forget that Hanukkah comes early this year, beginning December 6th. We'll be open from 10 am to 9 pm on Monday through Friday and from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve (when we'll close at 5 pm).
Whatever the holiday or occasion that brings you to the store for a book or two, we welcome you. We've got some great events coming up this month too, as well as the annual celebration of independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday, so we look forward to seeing you early and often.
Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
November Events
Monday, November 2nd, 7 pm: Raising Lilly Ledbetter
We welcome five poets to our store to read from the recently published anthology
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace, co-edited by Carolyne Wright, Eugenia Toledo, and M.L. Lyons and published by Lost Horse Press in its Human Rights Series.

With poems from 120 North American and international poets, a statement from Lilly Ledbetter herself (she after whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is named) and blurbs from human-rights activists and poets Carolyn Forche and Cynthia Hogue, this book was a labor of love for more than three years.

Reading at the store for this event will be Carolyne Wright, Barbara Drake, Barbara LaMorticella, Penelope Scambly Schott, and Willa Schneberg. That's a dynamite roster!
Thursday, November 5th, 6:30 pm: The Dogist
This event will take place at Furever Pets, 1902 NE Broadway 

We are pleased to join our friends just down the street at Furever Pets to co-host an event with Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, that will also serve as a fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society.

Elias Weiss Friedman walks the streets of America looking for dogs to photograph: dogs of all breeds, shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. His canine radar is always on, scanning for a dog that stands out in some way. He posts his photographs on his wildly popular blog and Instagram feeds, and they've now been compiled in a beautiful four-color book from Artisan.

Well-behaved dogs are happily invited to attend this event -- there is a chance that if time allows Elias will take a group photo of "dogs of northeast Portland"!! A portion of the sales from the evening will be donated to OHS, and representatives from OHS will be pouring beverages and will have a couple of adoptable dogs traveling with them. Furever Pets has created some fun goodie bags for attendees -- while supplies last, so come early!   
Tuesday, November 10th, 7 pm: Linda Lee Peterson
We're excited to welcome back Portland author Linda Lee Peterson with the latest installment of her Maggie Fiori mysteries, The Spy on the Tennessee Walker.

Maggie receives a package containing a photograph of a mysterious 19th-century woman who is a dead ringer for Maggie. The unnamed woman is seated confidently on a handsome Tennessee Walker horse, and as Maggie brings the photo closer she feels an immediate kinship with the woman. Through old letters, flashbacks, and modern-day investigation, the secrets within Maggie's family are revealed. Peterson's well-researched book presents a captivating tale of spies, forbidden love, and secrets hidden for generations, traveling from the Civil War to the present.

This third Maggie Firori mystery follows Edited to Death and The Devil's Interval. Peterson has also written several nonfiction books and is one of the founding partners of Peterson Skolnick & Dodge, a marketing-communications firm that serves education, arts & culture, environmental, and health-care clients around the United States.
Thursday, November 12th, 7 pm: Scott Nadelson  
Scott Nadelson joins us to read from his new novel, Between You and Me. The book tells the store of Paul Haberman, happy living alone in the city until he meets Cynthia, an enchanting suburban single mother. After he moves to New Jersey to marry her, Paul's life reshapes itself dramatically around his new family and home, evolving over the years in ways he could never have imagined. In this funny, moving, episodic novel, Nadelson reveals the quiet beauty, doubt, and longing of a blended family's life in the American suburbs.

Nadelson is the author of three story collections and a memoir, all published by Hawthorne Books. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction and a finalist for creative nonfiction, Nadelson teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Tuesday, November 17th, 7 pm: Book Night!!
Back again is one of our favorite store events: Book Night, in which we tell you about some of the hot new books just out and forthcoming -- a great chance to get inspiration for holiday gift-giving or planning ahead for book club reading -- and we get to share with you what we're most excited about for our own giving (and what's on our own wish lists)

There will be door prizes and nosh and beverages -- we promise a good time. Attendance will be limited, so don't delay! The cost to register for this event is $15, and that payment can be applied to anything you purchase in the store during the event. You can register in the store or on our website.

Saturday, November 28th, 10 am to 5 pm: IndiesFirst Day
Another of our favorite events of the year is the annual IndiesFirst Day, which is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, coinciding with Small Business Saturday. IndiesFirst was created by author Sherman Alexie to celebrate independent bookselling, and this year's national spokesperson is Portland's very own Cheryl  Strayed.

Last year Broadway Books was the happening place to be, with authors talking books -- their own and their favorites -- and having a ton of fun. Please join us and our authors to support and celebrate your neighborhood independent bookstore and let us know that it's important to you that we stick around. Joining us this year are Lidia Yuknavitch, Whitney Otto, Brian Doyle, Polly Dugan, Joe Kurmaskie, Brian Benson, and a whole bunch more fun folk. Come be part of the merriment! 
Holiday Books Guide
Each year the Holiday Books guide just gets better and better! with twenty-four pages of great gift ideas for people of all ages -- picture books, novels, coffee table books, adult coloring books, paperbacks and hardcovers -- a little bit of everything. Check the back page for the discount coupon! The guide will be delivered in the December Hollywood Star, so be sure to grab it when it hits your mailbox. If you don't receive one, you can always pick one up at the store.
Jigsaw Puzzles
Who doesn't love a challenging jigsaw puzzle for the rainy gray days of winter? From New Yorker covers to intricate arrangements of cameras, musical instruments, and camping gear, we've got puzzles for all moods, mostly of the 500- and 1000-piece variety. When you're ready to hunker down and take a break from what you're currently reading, it's good to have a puzzle at the ready. We have puzzles for children too.
New in Hardcover
City on Fire, by Garth Risk Hallberg  
City on Fire is apparently the novel of the season -- critics are comparing it to Charles Dickens and Tom Wolfe, and even mentioning The Goldfinch. Here's why: Hallberg gives us the smells and sounds of seventies Manhattan so vividly that we practically check our shoes for doggie-doo. The story is set to a Patti Smith/Donna Summer soundtrack and wends its way through shifting points of view, from punk-rock groupies through Wall Street traders. Frank Rich of The New York Times calls Hallberg "a natural novelist," but be warned: this is one hefty volume, clocking in at 944 pages!

The Secret Chord, by Geraldine Brooks 
Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks is back on our shelves with The Secret Chord, a retelling of the life of King David. This novel is a more muscular historical fiction than her previous books March and Year of Wonders  -- reminiscent of Mary Renault's stories of Greek heroes. The prophet Natan is the chief narrator, but Brooks gives voice to David's wives, lovers, mother, and daughter, all silent in the Bible. Her research for the book included mule-riding and sleeping in a goat-skin tent in the desert, to help her get the sounds and smells of the period right. And yes, she did get the title from the Leonard Cohen song.
Felicity, by Mary Oliver  
Here's cause for felicity among Mary Oliver fans -- she's given us a new book of short poems called, well, Felicity. As always, there are fresh observations on the natural world, wind and trees, and the miracle of newly hatched birds. But here Oliver also expresses love for the divine and the human as well. "Earthy and holy both. How can this be, but it is." Thank you, Mary Oliver. The author's most recent book of poetry before Felicity, Dog Songs, is now available in paperback.

M Train, by Patti Smith 
Patti Smith's M Train is one of the best-written books to appear this season, a vibrant remembrance of a singularly creative life. Her earlier memoir, Just Kids, describes coming of age in New York City in the company of Robert Mapplethorpe, and many readers were surprised by how gracefully the High Priestess of Punk expresses herself.

M Train has the same pensive rhythm but covers new ground. She visits an abandoned prison in French Guiana and makes pilgrimages to the graves of the famous, always finding oddly lovely insights to show us. The books is physically lovely as well, beautifully printed on good paper. It would make a wonderful gift, or a treasured keepsake for yourself. Or both. Decisions, decisions.

The Witches: Salem, 1692, by Stacy Schiff 
Salem, Massachusetts, its witches and its witch hunters: more than 300 years later, they serve as national nightmare and metaphor. In The Witches: Salem, 1692, Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra and Vera, gives us an account that combines bewitching storytelling with magisterial research. She knows how to make us chuckle, yet tells a disturbing tale as relevant today as ever. Schiff warns us, "We all subscribe to preposterous beliefs, we just don't know yet which ones they are."

Pacific, by Simon Winchester 
Simon Winchester is renown for vigorous prose and deft marshaling of history, as readers of his earlier The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, among others, will attest. His new book Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers (whew!) is well up to his standards, taking us from the Bering Straits to Cape Horn and many islands in between. He explores ten facets of the largest ocean, from catching a perfect wave to radiation sickness. This book is a distillation of years of travel and study, but it's not all been a pleasure cruise: the author was jailed as a spy for three months in Tierra Del Fuego.

And what does Simon Winchester himself like to read? "A P.G. Wodehouse novel or a good murder," he says.

Brave Enough, by Cheryl Strayed
We get so many requests for signed and personalized copies of Cheryl Strayed's books, and many of those include notes for us to pass along to Cheryl about how much her words have meant to them -- to the point that they write them in notebooks or repeat them in mantras or even get them tattooed -- just as Cheryl has always kept a notebook of quotes from her favorite writers to use as inspiration and solace, beginning with "Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe."

Now Cheryl has compiled a book of quotations from across her own writings -- books and essays, interviews and talks -- to act as "mini instruction manuals for the soul." This spirited book gathers more than one hundred of her indelible quotes that urge us toward the incredible capacity for love, compassion, forgiveness, and endurance that is within us all.

Brave Enough is a beautifully produced little book that will make a lovely gift for all ages and situations.  
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Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726