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January 2016 Newsletter

As we step into the new year we pause briefly to reflect on the past year. It was a year of changes and challenges, but what stayed the same was you and your incredible support of our little oasis of reading. Thank you for continuing to make us your first stop when shopping for gifts or for your own reading material. We appreciate you so very much. 
We are over-the-moon excited about the authors we'll be hosting at the store this winter/spring -- including Ursula Le Guin, Brian Doyle, Sheila Hamilton, Margaret Malone, and Jacqueline Winspear, just to name a few. And we are especially thrilled about the revival of our Comma reading series, curated by Kirsten Rian. 

Stay tuned near the middle of the month for a special announcement related to William Stafford's birthday.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful new year!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
January Events
Tuesday, January 12th, 7 pm: Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, David Banis and Hunter Shobe
Through one hundred and fifty maps of Portland, David Banis and Hunter Shobe explore environmental, psycho-geographical, and cultural information about our fair city.

Modern cartography tells the hidden stories of Portland in these fascinating and colorful infographic maps on nontraditional topics such as patterns of graffiti, locations of strip clubs, or even which neighborhoods favor which house colors. Each map starts with the gathering of at least one data set about a given topic, then translates that to a visual format blending traditional cartographic skills with modern graphic design.

David Banis has managed the Center for Spatial Analysis and Research in the Geography Department at Portland State University since 2006, working with a wide variety of partners at the federal, state, and local levels.

Hunter Shobe is a cultural geographer and assistant professor at Portland State University. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon and has more than fifteen years of experience researching the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of how people connect to places and environments.

Tuesday, January 19th, 7 pm: Benson High School, Writers in the Schools Program
One of our greatest pleasures each year is hosting the wonderful students and teachers involved in Literary Arts' Writers in the Schools program. On this night we'll be showcasing students from Benson High School, reading work they created during the fall semester residency.

Come celebrate the next generation of writers with us. You will be amazed by the quality and passion these kids deliver.

Thursday, January 21st, 7 pm: Comma: Sharon Wood Wortman and The 29th Street Writers 
We are thrilled to be bringing back the popular author reading series Comma, on the third Thursday of each month. Hosted and curated by writer Kirsten Rian, the readings combine voices from different literary genres, and writers have the freedom to read from new projects, established pieces, or ongoing works in progress. Selected authors read for twenty minutes each, followed by conversation.

Comma relaunches on January 21st with Sharon Wood Wortman and members of the iconic 29th Street Writers group.

Sharon Wood Wortman's most recent book is The Big & Awesome Bridges of Portland & Vancouver: A Book for Young Readers and Their Teachers. A freelance writer since 1984, she now occasionally earns money by building wooden model truss bridges with third graders and for performing "BridgeStories -- A Storytelling Slide Show" for all-age audiences. 

Wortman began writing poetry in 2003 and is working on a memoir. Field Trip to The Guide's Natural and Modified Hazardous Areas, an extended conceit about her body as a geological destination site, is forthcoming from Calyx.

Wortman is a member of the 29th Street Writers, and she will be joined this evening by several other members of the group who will also read from their work. For almost thirty years this dedicated group of women has met on Saturday mornings to write and critique for several hours. Without fanfare, without agenda, but for the pure love of the craft of writing, this group of poets and novelists works through drafts of individual pieces and books. 

Upcoming writers in the Comma series include Molly Gloss, Michael Heald, Chris Anderson, Justin Hocking, Suzy Vitello, Floyd Skloot, Kim Stafford, Melissa Madenski, Christine Colosurdo, and others.

For further information about Comma, please contact Kirsten at
Broadway Books 2015 Bestsellers

Every January, many of our customers want to know which books were the big sellers at our store the previous year -- so here they are! Eleven of the books on the list are written by Northwest-based authors. The list is almost evenly divided between nonfiction and fiction.

Kate has made a beautiful window display at the store highlighting the top sellers from the past year. Here is a list of the top thirty, with links to each of them:

1. Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed
2. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
3. Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed
4. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
5. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
7. Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas, David Banis and Hunter             Shobe
8. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
9. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
10. The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
11. H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
12. The Martian, Andy Weir
13. Astoria, Peter Stark
14. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
15. The Small Backs of Children, Lidia Yuknavitch
16. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
17. The Mindfulness Coloring Book, Emma Farrarons
18. Felicity, Mary Oliver
19. The Plover, Brian Doyle
20. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
21. A Dangerous Place, Jacqueline Winspear
22. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
23. The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
24. M Train, Patti Smith
25. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader                     Ginsburg, Irin Carmon
26. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
27. Martin Marten, Brian Doyle
28. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
29. The Residue Years, Mitchell S. Jackson
30. The Enchanted, Rene Denfeld
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced the winners of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Awards. A volunteer committee of independent booksellers chose these six books from more than 250 nominated titles published in 2015 and written by authors living in the Pacific Northwest. Two of the winning authors have elected to have their award presented to them at Broadway Books -- stay tuned for more information on those events! Here are this year's award winners:

Call Me Home, Megan Kruse (Hawthorne Books)
Children & Other Wild Animals, Brian Doyle (Oregon State University Press)
The Game of Love and Death, Martha Brockenbrough (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, Thor Hanson (Basic Books)
Undermajordomo Minor, Patrick deWitt (Ecco/Harper)
Unicorn on a Roll, Dana Simpson (Andrews McMeel)
New in Hardcover
Few things make us grin wider than hearing that Bill Bryson has a new book coming out. And he does. And even though it doesn't publish until January 19th, we just couldn't wait to tell you about it.

The Road to Little Dribbling re-visits the trip Bryson took around England before moving his family back to the states in the '90s, a trip he chronicled in  Notes from a Small Island. Two decades later he set out once again to explore that island, and he chronicles his as-always-comical adventures in his new book. Bryson is eternally curious -- the world's best travel companion -- and his books are guaranteed to educate and entertain in equal measure.  

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
Just in case your house still isn't tidy after committing yourself to the strategies of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is back with yet more guidance on getting your house together.

Along with dispensing advice on tidying your toys, tops, towels, and tools and tips for packing suitcases and dealing with greeting cards, Kondo ventures into tidying your love life and addressing family members who resist tidying. We must take exception to her advice about books, however: "I have my clients store their books in a bookcase or on a set of shelves placed out of sight in the closet, in a storage room, or in a cupboard." Gasp!! We prefer to keep our books front and center, where we can gaze fondly upon them. But if you want to pack your drawers like a Japanese bento box, this is the book for you.
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Place, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, by Eric Weiner
Weiner follows up on his book The Geography of Bliss with an informed romp through history exploring the importance of culture in nurturing creativity. Genius, he argues, is not a private act but a public commitment.

With his trademark irreverent and insightful humor, Weiner sets off around the globe to examine how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times, hoping to nourish a culture of creativity in his own home -- what was in the air and can we bottle it?

 The Past, by Tessa Hadley 
In her new novel, Tessa Hadley assembles three sisters, one brother, and their children in their country house, putting fraught family relationships under a microscope.

With subtle precision and deep compassion, she brilliantly evokes a brewing storm of lust and envy, the indelible connections of memory and affection, the fierce, nostalgic beauty of the natural world, and the shifting currents of history running beneath the surface of these seemingly steady lives. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and scope.  

My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout
The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge returns with a novel that once again explores and illuminates our most tender relationships.

In My Name is Lucy Barton, Strout shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all -- the one between mother and daughter. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. She is visited by her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken in many years. Just below the surface of their meeting lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life. [This book goes on sale Tuesday, January 12th.]

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