August 2016 Newsletter
Here we are in August, when the Dog Days of Summer kick into high gear and we find ourselves lolly-gagging in the shady heat of the front porch, panting like big old dogs who have been chasing those teasers, the uncatchable neighborhood squirrels.

Unlike the dogs, who only get water, we're allowed a tall cool glass of lemonade, or gin and tonic, or whatever libation floats our boat. We usually prefer a glass of iced tea in the morning, and a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio in the evening, but the possibilities are endless.

And also, unlike the dogs, we get to while away some indolent hours of summer in the company of our good friends, the books. Not that we can't read books any time, it's just that summer reading is a magical escape, a trip to another place or time, an adventure unfolding, a guilty pleasure. Read what you want to read! Read something for the fun of it! Read a book you remember from your childhood! Read a book to laugh, to cry, to learn, to be inspired, to get angry and be moved to action. There are no rules, no must-reads, no shoulds, no pressure. In this, too, the possibilities are endless. Happy reading!

Kim Bissell and Sally McPherson
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August Events
Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm: The Timberline Review
We are thrilled to host a group of contributors to the third edition of The Timberline Review. Joining us to read are authors Brittney Corrigan, Mark Cunningham, Andrea Hollander, Annie Lighthart, David Melville, Paulann Petersen, and Christy Stevens.  

The Timberline Review is a 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 beautiful publication.
Wednesday, August 10th: Floyd McKay
We welcome writer Floyd McKay, reading from his new book Reporting the Oregon Story, published by Oregon State University Press.

As a political reporter, McKay had a front row seat to the transformative two decades for Oregon that began when Tom McCall was elected secretary of state and Bob Straub as state treasurer.  McKay covered the policies and politics of 1964-1986, when our state became a national leader in environmental and land-use policies, protecting our beaches, rivers, and the Columbia River Gorge. Touted by everyone from Barbara Roberts to Jeff Mapes, Reporting the Oregon Story outlines the action, the players, and the consequences, in a compelling and personal account.

Floyd McKay was a prominent political reporter for the Oregon Statesman in Salem and news analyst for KGW-TV in Portland.  Known for asking tough questions and pulling no punches, McKay won the DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Award, the "Pulitzer Prize of Broadcasting."
Thursday, August 25th, 7 pm: Diana Block
Diana Block joins us to read from and discuss her new political novel Clandestine Occupations: An Imaginary History.  The book presents the story of activist Luba Gold, as told by five different women who cross paths with Luba over four decades. Clandestine Occupations explores the difficult decisions that activists confront about the boundaries of legality and speculates about the scope of subversive action in the future.

Block was a founding member of San Francisco Women Against Rape and the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee.  She spent thirteen years living underground with a political collective committed to supporting the Puerto Rican independence and Black liberation movements.  Since 1994, Diana has committed herself to anti-prison work.  Her previous writings include her memoir Arm the Spirit and she is a member of the editorial collective of The Fire Inside newsletter.  She lives in San Francisco with her life partner, former political prisoner Claude Marks.
Tuesday, August 30th, 7 pm: Alan Wieder
Portland author and historian Alan Wieder will read from his new book Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, but Mostly Conversation.

Studs Terkel was an American icon and a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma.  In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid due attention to "ordinary" human beings of all classes and colors, talking to them about their lives as workers, dreamers, and survivors. Drawing from more than one hundred interviews of people who knew and worked with Studs,  Wieder's biography is the first comprehensive book about this man.

Alan Wieder is an oral historian who lives in Portland. He is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and has taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In the past fifteen years, he has published three books and numerous articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime. His previous book, Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid, was published in 2013 by Monthly Review Press.
August 2 -- National Coloring Book Day Sale
Ok, we're pretty sure that National Coloring Book Day isn't a real holiday, and the banks and post offices will still be open, and we'll have to put money in the parking meters. And yes the day was probably created by the people who publish coloring books, but what the heck! Any reason for a celebration and a good deal for our dear friends and customers works for us. So, on National Coloring Book Day -- which, if you didn't already know, is Tuesday, August 2nd, you can purchase any of our coloring books -- as many as you'd like -- for 20% off!

We've got coloring books with animal themes, botanical themes, city themes, literary themes, mindfulness themes, northwest themes, and -- of course -- the requisite cat coloring books. While you're stocking up on coloring books at a great discount, be sure to pick up some colored pencils; we have several collections from which to choose. Earlier in the year we faced a world-wide shortage of colored pencils, as manufacturers struggled to keep up with the demand brought on by this ongoing adult coloring book craze.  Who'd a thunk it? 
Welcome to 2017!!
 Oh my, how time is flying by! The 2017 calendars have already begun to arrive at the store. While the ever-popular August-to-August planners have been here for a while (the colors are great this year!), the calendar-year 2017 wall calendars, engagement books, and page-a-days are now filling our table. New ones are arriving almost every day! Shop early to get the best selection, before we run out of the most popular ones. We love the idea of this inexpensive and monthly changing artwork for every room in the house -- and they're so practical too.  
New in Hardcover
The Nordic Theory of Everything, by Anu Partanen 
Written by a former Helsinki journalist now living in New York City, The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life compares life in Finland with life in the United States, focusing on four key relationships: parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens.

In 2012, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said "If you want the American Dream, go to Finland." In this new book, former Finn Anu Partanen attempts to show her new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American Dream, offering insights, advice, and solutions. 
The Games, by David Goldblatt 
With the Rio Summer Olympics getting underway this month, now's the perfect time to dig into a big, meaty, newly published definitive history of the modern Olympic Games, The Games: A Global History of the Olympics. Author David Goldblatt takes us from the reinvention of the Games in Athens in 1896 to Rio in present day.

Not just a recounting of triumphs and tragedies and medal counts, this book tells how women fought to be included in the Olympics on equal terms, how soldiers wounded in WWII sparked the Paralympic Games, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes toward race and ethnicity. He also discusses the battles between cities vying to host the games, and to reap the resulting publicity and tourist income. Thoroughly researched and illuminated with vignettes from more than a century of Olympic games, this book will lay the foundation for your enjoyment of this summer's Olympics and all those to come. 
On Trails, by Robert Moor
While hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009, Robert Moor began contemplating the nature and meaning of trails. Over the next seven years he traveled the globe exploring trails of all kinds, resulting in his newly published book, On Trails: An Exploration. Moor interweaves his personal adventures on the trails with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing, shedding light on a wealth of age-old questions including, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life?

Reviewers have called this book "a spectacular example of narrative nonfiction at its finest," "an inspired exploration of the collective wisdom of trails," a book that is "consistently fascinating and entertaining." David Gessner, author of All the Wild that Remains, says the book is "a gift to those of us who like to let our minds and feet wander."  
The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward
In the wake of recent tragedies, National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward (Salvage the Bones) looked to James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time for comfort and counsel. After, she turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers to write short essays, memoirs, and a few essential poems, producing the new collection The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race.

With contributions from writers such as Isabel Wilkerson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Claudine Rankine, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, and others, the pieces contemplate where we really stand in our evolution: despite significant progress, the idea that we are living in a post-civil rights era -- a "postracial" societ -- is a callous corruption of a truth that our  nation must confront. 
American Heiress, by Jeffrey Toobin
American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst is Jeffrey Toobin's new book, and what a saga it is. Hearst's metamorphoses from daughter of privilege to victim to revolutionary to criminal to prison inmate and back again illustrates the madness of the early seventies, when bomb threats and skyjackings became almost routine. Those of a certain age may be chagrined to remember the tolerance felt in some quarters towards the Symbionese Liberation Army; younger readers may decide that the whole affair seems like a series on cable television. There are cameos by the leader of a suicidal cult and a would-be assassin of Gerald Ford; even a famous ex-Portland Trailblazer gets involved. And Hearst learns a new dance in prison -- the hustle!

Toobin, a writer for The New Yorker, brings the clarity and depth of research shown in his earlier books The Nine (about the Supreme Court) and The Run of His Life (about O.J. Simpson). If  this book whets your appetite for those wacky seventies, try also Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough for more counterculture doings and Emma Cline's new novel The Girls, which takes a fictional look at the Manson family.
Heroes of the Frontier, by Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers is on top of his novelistic form with Heroes of the Frontier, wherein Josie, failed dentist and appalling parent, tours the low spots of Alaska in a decrepit RV with her accidentally free-range children -- one half expects her to meet up with the ill-fated wanderer of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Fortunately, Eggers has a sly sense of humor as well as excellent powers of observation. Barbara Kingsolver says that Eggers joins the ranks of Anne Tyler, Louise Erdrich, and Emma Donoghue for his natural depiction of children.

Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company, and the co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country. His earlier works include the novels The Circle, What is the What, and A Hologram for the King, and the nonfiction works Zeitoun and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. 
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