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February 2016 Newsletter

It's February, and Cupid's aim is true -- directly to our hearts. Yes, it's true, we're in love. And every day we fall in love again, with yet another newly published bright and shiny book: novels, nonfiction, poetry, kids' books -- a little bit of everything. You may think us tarts for our wide-ranging amorous attachments, but w
e hope you'll fall in love with a few of these new goodies too!

We have another slate of interesting events on tap this month, including some poets and essayists, a couple of debut novelists, two memoirists addressing important issues, and the fiercely awesome Ursula K. Le Guin. (We've also included a couple of the earliest March events, so you can get them on your calendar). We hope to see you often!

One quick announcement about the event on April 14th with Jacqueline Winspear (of Maisie Dobbs fame): tickets will go on sale (in the store and online at our website) at 10 am on Monday, March 7th.

Here's to falling in love with a new book, over and over again. And PS we love you too!

Sally McPherson and Kim Bissell
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726
Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 4th, 7 pm: Windfall Fall Issue
Windfall, A Journal of Poetry of Place celebrates its Fall 2015 issue with a reading! Joining co-editors Bill Siverly and Michael McDowell to read will be Eric Le Fatte, Emily Ransdell, Marilyn Stablein, and Clem Starck.

Windfall features poetry which captures the spirit of place as part of the essence of the poem. Poetry written in the Northwest, that is attentive to the relationships between people and landscapes in which they live, is emphasized.

Tuesday, February 9th, 7 pm: the Timberline Review, Winter/Spring 2016 Issue 
Several writers published in the second issue of the Timberline Review will read to celebrate the release the new issue of this wonderful new literary journal: Penelope Scambly Schott, Jeanne Krinsley, Gina Ochsner, Jack Estes, Wayne Scott, Jullie Young, and Tiah Lindner Raphael.

 The Timberline Review is a new literary journal produced by Willamette Writers. The review is intended to be a collage of voices speaking through the written word, in short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry, with the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. Editors Peter R. Field and Pam Wells head up a dedicated editorial staff of volunteers to produce this new publication.

Wednesday, February 10th, 7 pm: Sheila Hamilton, All the Things We Never Knew
KINK-FM Radio news director and morning co-host Sheila Hamilton will read from her new memoir All the Things We Never Knew, Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness.

Hamilton missed the unfolding signs that her husband, David, was suffering from mental illness until it was too late. Just six weeks after his bipolar diagnosis, her once hilarious and brilliant partner had taken his own life, leaving her and their nine-year-old daughter alone and financially destitute. All the Things We Never Knew takes us along the path of their early romance to the year after David's death.

This honest and poignant memoir takes a clear look at the role of mental illness in one family's situation and acts as a siren call for the understanding and detection of illnesses that affect many families.

Tuesday, February 16th, 7 pm: Margaret Malone and Arthur Bradford
Margaret Malone's debut story collection People Like You delivers an assemblage of characters and quandaries all at once funny, unsettling, subtle, and moving. Malone's people exist, like most of us, in the thick of everyday experience absent of epiphanies, and they are caught off-guard or cast adrift by personal impulses even while wide awake to their own imperfections. They win us over completely although we know they are bound to break our hearts with each confused and conflicted decision they make.

Malone's writing has appeared in The Missouri Review and Propeller Quarterly, as well as in the Forest Avenue Press anthology The Night, and the Rain, and the River. She is an Oregon Arts Commission and Literary Arts fellow, has received two Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grants, and residencies at The Sitka Center and Soapstone.

Arthur Bradford's newest collection of stories, Turtleface and Beyond, is a finalist for a 2016 Oregon Book Award. Turtleface is described by Dave Eggers as "uncategorizable and unprecedented, but if pressed, you could call it the improbable spawn of Raymond Carver and Roald Dahl. The world of Bradford's fiction is populated by dreamers, doofuses, banalities, and mysteries, and somehow it's a world you don't want to leave."

Bradford is an O. Henry Prize winning writer and Emmy- nominated filmmaker. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Vice, and Men's Journal. Dogwalker is his previous collection of stories.

Thursday, February 18th, 7 pm: COMMA: Chris Anderson and Michael Heald
The  popular Comma reading series has resumed for 2016. In February, Chris Anderson and Michael Heald will read. Chris Anderson is a professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, where he has taught since 1986. He is also a Catholic deacon. Anderson is the author or coauthor of a number of books. His second book of poetry, The Next Thing Always Belongs, was published in 2011 by Airlie Press. A new book of essays, The Soul Might Be Like ThisPracticing Joy, is forthcoming from Eerdman's Press. 
Michael Heald is the author of
Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, a collection of essays. He is a writer-at-large for Runner's World and is the publisher of Perfect Day Publishing. Heald's essays have appeared in Oregon Humanities, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Propeller Quarterly. He lives in Portland.
Hosted and curated by writer Kirsten Rian, the Comma readings combine voices from different literary genres, and writers have the freedom to read from new projects, established pieces, or ongoing works in progress.  
Wednesday, February 24th, 7 pm: Ursula K. Le Guin, Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014
Broadway Books is thrilled to welcome back Portland's grand dame of the literary world, Ursula K. Le Guin, who will read from her newest collection of poetry, Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014, published by PM Press. The new collection seeks meaning in an ever-connected world, attempting to give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless.

Le Guin is a remarkably prolific writer. She has published twenty-one novels (including her 1969 breakthrough novel, The Left Hand of Darkness), eleven volumes of short stories (including the 2014 Oregon Book Award winner The Unreal and the Real, Volumes 1 and 2), four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, a guide to the essentials of the writers craft -- of which she knows a thing or two.

She has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards, the PEN-Malamud, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Oregon Book Award, and the Library of Congress Living Legends Award. In 2014 she was presented the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, where she took the world by storm with her bold truth-telling about the over-commercialization of literature: "I don't want to watch American literature get sold down the river." The video of Le Guin's speech became an internet sensation, making her for a time, as she likes to put it, "as popular as Maru the cat." [Good news: that speech is reprinted at the end of her new collection of poems.]
This reading is free and unticketed; however, Ms. Le Guin will only be signing books purchased at the store that night. The store will close at 5 pm that day and re-open for the reading at 6 pm.

Thursday, February 25th, 7 pm: Pamela Lindholm- Levy, Count the Mountains 
Irvington author Pamela Lindholm-Levy will read from her debut historical novel Count the Mountains.

The novel tells the story of Linnie Ann Adams, who came west from Illinois with her father, chasing the dream of gold. Instead, circumstances lead to her becoming an assistant to a mining town doctor in Rhodochrosite, Colorado, before going on to medical school herself and working at Maimonides Mountain Hospital for Consumptives in Denver, where an unexpected encounter complicates her life.

Lindholm-Levy is a native Oregonian who moved to Denver after graduation from the University of Oregon. There she worked at St Joseph Hospital and then at National Jewish Hospital in the "TB Lab" after getting her master's degree at the University of Colorado. She returned to Oregon in 2002.

Tuesday, March 1st, 7 pm Taylor Zajonc, The Wrecking Crew 
We welcome Taylor Zajonc as he launches his debut novel. The Wrecking Crew is a thrilling adventure set in the world's last frontier, a story of a deep-water salvage diver set free from a Moroccan prison and forced to lead a covert mission into pirate-infested Somali waters. When his expedition threatens to expose the true source of an oceanic plague, he must assemble an unproven crew of former enemies and fight for the fate of the entire region.The novel is published by Blank Slate Press.

Zajonc is a maritime historian, Explorers Club member, shipwreck expert, and avid world traveler. He and his wife have just welcomed their first child, so he'll be running on little sleep but lots of love and enthusiasm.

 Wednesday, March 2nd, 7 pm: Natalie Serber, Community Chest
Natalie Serber joins us to read from her new memoir Community Chest. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Natalie Serber did the only thing she could: she wrote her way through the confusion and fear. In this charming and good-humored memoir, she tries to maintain her sense of gratitude and grace.
 Serber received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in The Bellingham Review and Gulf Coast.  She has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and her awards include the John Steinbeck Award and Tobias Wolff Award. She teaches writing at various universities and lives with her family in Portland. Shout Her Lovely Name is her debut collection of short stories.
New in Hardcover
 When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air will be the most talked about, and cried over, book of the season. It's the memoir of a man passionate about medicine and literature; it tells of his growth as a doctor and as a human being, and it tells of his dying at the peak of his life. What can you say about a thirty-seven-year-old neurosurgeon who dies? Cheryl Strayed says his writing "split my head open with its beauty" and The New York Times says of his book, "none of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated." We can't help thinking about Oliver Sacks' recent Gratitude, a small collection of essays as much philosophical as biographical. Sacks sums it up for both books, both men, "I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." 

John Le Carre: The Biograpy, by Adam Sisman 
David Cornwell: do you know him? If you do, you will relish John Le Carre: The Biography. If you don't but enjoy the works of Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, Graham Greene, William Boyd or even Susan MacNeal -- heck, maybe even J.K. Rowling -- this book has much to offer you. It's at once an exploration of twentieth century British social politics, a study of spycraft and the cold war, and a dissection of family and class dynamics. The story of the man who wrote The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Constant Gardener, and many other wonderful genre-transcending thrillers reads like anglophile fiction. Le Carre (aka Cornwell) gave us George Smiley, the anti-Bond who knew that history wasn't over, and we're still reaping the harvest.

Dark Money, by Jane Mayer
And while we're on the subject of shadowy powers massed against democracy, let's look at Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Republican Right by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. Mayer, who sees herself as a reporter rather than an advocate, has written about the hidden influence of both George Soros and the Koch brothers; her newest book explores the connections between libertarian plutocrats and recent events, such as the rise of the Tea Party and the Citizens United decision. It's a careful expose, told in straightforward and unemotional prose, and as a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, Mayer knows how to keep arcane research interesting.

Remember the 1999 WTO protests up in Seattle? Sunil Yapa reimagines those days in his debut novel, The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Seven characters live through a version of that turbulence, and the global themes are intercut with father-son drama between the Seattle Police chief and his drug-dealing teenage son. The author researched the protests, even finding tapes from police scanners. No wonder Northwest favorites like Patrick DeWitt (The Sisters Brothers, Undermajordomo Minor) and Smith Henderson (Fourth of July Creek) are enthusiastic about this book. Do you thrill to romantic, descriptive sweeps? If so, Yapa delivers symphonic, Whitman-esque beauty combined with a Tom Robbins picaresque sensibility that will delight you.  

The Relic Master, by Christopher Buckley 
Christopher Buckley is back on our shelves with Relic Master, an amusing novel of politics and religion, art and commerce, this time set in Europe right before Martin Luther nails his protest to a church door. It's the story of a dealer in saintly remains who is not so much ethically challenged as differently moraled, named Dismas. (Get it?) In the company of his buddy Albrecht Durer, he scams and is scammed in a time as rich in hypocrisy and self-delusion as our own. Fans of Christopher Moore's Shakespeare books will find Relic to be a hoot. The New York Times calls the novel "an inspired piece of literary gymnastics;" we call it an intelligent page-turner.

Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson
And what is Fortune Smiles? A collection of stories for those who only like novels; speculative fiction touches for readers who only like realism; a feast for all who love graceful writing. That's what Adam Johnson offers us in his follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Orphan Master's Son. The six tales are funny even when they are heart-breaking. Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies, says it best: Fortune Smiles is like "very good and very bitter chocolate, savored." [This book was just named one of three finalists for this year's Story Prize, along with new collections from Charles Baxter and Colum McCann.]

If you still aren't convinced you need to read these books, consider how some authors suffered to bring them to us: Ms Mayer is facing a smear campaign as a result of her research, Dr K's hands hurt so much that he could barely use a keypad, and Mr Yapa's laptop, with his only copy of his work was stolen and the whole thing had to be rewritten!
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Sally McPherson or Kim Bissell
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726