September 2016 Newsletter
Summer has hit the brakes hard, going from temperatures in the 90s to ones in the 60s. What happened to our graceful slide into fall? While we appreciate the relief from the heat, we're crossing our fingers for a little bounce back to our usual -- and delightful -- Indian summer.

Along with our passion for fall weather, we also love the fall literary season, when publishers are releasing exciting new books every week in the build-up to the holidays. We eagerly crack open the daily arriving treasure trove of boxes so we can share these gems with you.

According to a Pew Research Study and reported by The New York Times, our fondness for reading print books -- the kind we actually hold in our hands and turn the pages of --  has not waned in recent years. But we knew that already, because our customers tell us every day how much they appreciate the tactile pleasure of opening a book and embarking on a new adventure.

With the return of fall comes the return of our Comma Reading Series, along with a slate of other exciting events in the store over the next few months. Typically we only tell you about in-store readings in our newsletter, but this month we're highlighting two events taking place elsewhere that we think are particularly exciting: Marcy Houle reading at Laurelhurst Village and Colin Woodard reading at the First Congregational Church downtown. You can read more about each of these readings below -- and we'll be there with books to sell, so we hope you will join us!

Happy reading!

Kim Bissell and Sally McPherson
Broadway Books
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September Events
Thursday, September 8th, 7 pm: Clemens Starck and Harold Johnson
Oregon authors Clemens Starck and Harold Johnson join us to read from their latest work.

Clemens Starck is best known for his Oregon Book Award winning poetry collection Journeyman's Wages, published by Story Line Press in 1995. The book received the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award and the 1996 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. In 2011, Wood Works in Seattle published his collection Rembrandt, Chainsaw. For this event he will be reading from his newest collection of work, Old Dogs, New Tricks, published by Oblio Press.  

Harold Johnson is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and a long-time customer of the store. Between the Korean and Vietnam wars he spent two years in the US Army, after which he returned to Portland where he married, taught English, studied music, and earned a graduate degree in visual art. He has published two chapbooks and the volume of poetry Citizenship. Recently, Johnson published his first novel, The Fort Showalter Blues.
Tuesday, September 13th, 7 pm: Jamie Duclos-Yourdan
Portland author Jamie Duclos-Yourdan will read from his debut novel Froelich's Ladder, published by Portland's own Forest Avenue Press.

Froelich nurses a decades-old family grudge from his permanent perch atop a giant ladder in this nineteenth century madcap adventure novel. When he disappears suddenly, his nephew embarks on a rain-soaked adventure across the Pacific Northwest landscape to find him, accompanied by an ornery girl with a most unfortunate name. In this story of their encounters with Confederate assassins, European expatriates, and a general store magnate, this fairytale twist on the American dream explores the conflicts between loyalty and ambition and our need for human connection, even at the highest rungs.

Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, a freelance editor and technical expert, received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Chicago Literati, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Booktrib.
Thursday, September 15th, 7 pm: Comma Reading Series, Henry Hughes and Scot Siegel
We welcome the return of our Comma reading series for the fall! Hosted and curated by writer Kirsten Rian, Comma readings combine voices from different literary genres, with authors reading from new pieces, established pieces, or works in progress, which they then discuss with each other and the audience. This month's Comma authors are Henry Hughes and Scot Seigel.

Henry Hughes has lived in Oregon since 2002. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including Men Holding Eggs (which won the 2004 Oregon Book Award), Moist Meridian (a finalist for the 2011 Oregon Book Award), and Bunch of Animals (new from Cloudbank Books). His fishing memoir, Back Seat with Fish: A Man's Adventures in Angling and Romance, was published this past spring. He is also the editor of the Everyman's anthologies The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing and Fishing Stories. Hughes grew up on Long Island, completed his MA in Creative Writing at Purdue University, and spent five years working in Japan and China. He is currently a professor of literature and writing at Western Oregon University.

Scot Siegel, an Oregon poet and city planner, is the author of five books of poetry, including his most recent, The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems (Salmon Publishing, Ltd). He has received awards and commendations from the Oregon Poetry Association, Nimrod International, Aesthetica (UK), Poetry Northwest, and the Oregon State Library. The late US Poet Laureate Philip Levine recognized Siegel's long poem "Pages Torn from a Schoolmarm's Diary" as a Finalist with Honorable Mention in Nimrod International's 2012 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Competition. He has served as an Artist-in-Reisdence with Playa at Summer Lake and Oregon State University's College of Liberal Art's Spring Creek Project. His writing is part of the permanent art installation along TriMet's "Orange Line."
Tuesday, September 20th, 7 pm: Kate Carroll de Gutes, Brenda Miller, and Tarn Wilson
We are pleased to welcome three authors from Judith Kitchen's Ovenbird Books, including the winner of this year's Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. 

Kate Carroll de Gutes is the author of Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear, a debut collection of essays that won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, as well as the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Memoir. In her book she writes about big questions like sexual identity and gender as well as more quotidian problems like the battle against hat head. "If Woody Allen were butch, he'd write like Kate; he'd also be funnier, more endearing, and better dressed. Keenly insightful, roaringly hilarious, and deeply felt," says author Stephanie Kallos. She has a BA in Professional Writing from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life, in which she navigates the expectations placed on young girls and women at every turn, finding guidance in her four major creeds (Judaism, Home Improvement, the Grateful Dead, and Rescue Dogs), while charting a course toward an authentic life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm, which recounts her early years in the Canadian wilderness and incorporates artifacts such as recipes, photos, quotations, and song lyrics. Wilson earned her MA in education from Stanford and her MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work appears in Brevity, Defunct, Gulf Stream, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inertia, Ruminate, River Teeth, South Loop Review, and The Sun, among others, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Ovenbird Books is an independent press dedicated to the publication of experimental literary nonfiction. Editor (and author) Judith Kitchen died of cancer in November 2014, just two days after she finished editing de Gute's book.
Thursday, September 22nd, 7 pm: Wendy Gordon
Portland author Wendy Gordon reads from her debut novel Wrong Highway. Erica Richards and Debbie Lassler are sisters. Both live in Dutch colonials three blocks apart in the Long Island suburb of West Meadow. Both are married with children, but the similarities end there. Wrong Highway is a jaw-dropping story of domesticity on the skids in the late 1980s. The setting may be ordinary, but Wendy Gordon's perspective and storytelling are anything but. Her carefully observed world of West Meadow is populated with characters who could be your friends or neighbors, or even yourself -- everyone shielding their big secrets in plain sight.

Wendy Gordon grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and lived in Boston, Chicago, and New York before finding her true home on the West Coast. She received a BS in Nutrition from Simmons College and an MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She has been a journalist for more than twenty-five years, publishing in newspapers, magazines, and on the internet. She lives in Portland with her husband and children.
Wednesday, September 28th, 7 pm: Kirk Lombard
In his quirky but informative Sea Foragers Guide to the Northern California Coast (illustrated and with a waterproof cover!), Kirk Lombard inspires readers to hook fish, dig clams, and pick seaweed for themselves. With its presentation of informed and thoughtful foraging and fishing practices, this book is sure to inspire an empowering epicurean adventure in our own coastal waters. As someone who is deeply passionate about our marine resources, Lombard encourages foragers to follow regulations and sustainable practices while finding delicious morsels from the sea.

Lombard was a former staff member at the state Department of Fish and Game and founder of the foraging tour company/seafood delivery service Sea Forager Seafood.  Lombard also spent fourteen years as an art teacher and counselor for severely emotionally disturbed children in the Bay Area and is a member of the band Rube Waddell, in which he sings, plays the tuba and harmonica, and plucks his hand-made junkyard diddley bows (one-string slide guitars). You just know this is going to be a fun night!
Gift of Caring: Laurelhurst Village
When Marcy Coutrell Houle and her co-author, Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom, spoke at Broadway Books this past June, they spoke to a standing-room-only crowd and we sold out of copies of their book The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare. People were buying copies of this important book for their children, their physicians, and for themselves.

We're happy to share with you that Laurelhurst Village (3060 SE Stark) will be hosting Ms. Houle on September 20th, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Great Room. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing, and copies of The Gift of Caring will be available for purchase. The book, both memoir and practical advice, will help you learn how to be the best advocate for your loved ones as they age and how each of us can grow older more gracefully in today's medical system. This event is free and open to the public.  
Annual Oliver Lecture: Colin Woodard
Have you been baffled and dismayed by our country's current political turmoil? Consider attending this year's Oliver Lecture, co-sponsored by Portland's First Congregational United Church of Christ and Oregon World Affairs Council. Speaking this year is journalist Colin Woodard, who will shed light on our country's long struggle for a balance between individual liberty and the common good. 

Woodard is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, the newest being American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. The book is a companion work to his previous book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Both of these books will be available for purchase at the lecture and at the wine and cheese reception following the lecture.

The reading will take place Sunday, September 25th, at 3 pm (doors open at 2) at the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here at the store (cash or check only), at the church (9 to 5 Mon-Fri), or through the UCC website.  
New in Hardcover
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
We have especially wonderful news for lovers of good fiction: Ann Patchett's new novel, Commonwealth, is written with the wit and heart we enjoyed in such earlier books as Bel Canto and The Magician's Assistant. In fact, we think this might be her best book yet, which is truly saying something.

 Patchett never writes the same book twice; she's always tackling new themes. Commonwealth explores how a family is changed when their thinly disguised lives become the story line for an acclaimed novel. And for the first time, she draws on a bit of her own family history. Patchett has also given us the novels Run and State of Wonder, as well as This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage, a book of enjoyable and incisive essays.

Bonus factoids: Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus, a famous independent bookstore in Nashville; her father, an LA detective, was involved in the arrests of both Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan; and she is a vegan. Does any of this effect her writing? Discuss. Please note: This book does not go on sale until September 13th, but we're so excited about it we didn't want to wait until the October newsletter to bring it to your attention.  
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles  
In his debut novel Rules of Civility, Amor Towles was able to bring late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and flawless command of style. Now he brings that same talent to A Gentleman in Moscow, immersing us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov.

In 1922, the thirty-year-old Count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry to a new world as he forges friendships with the hotel's other residents, including a willful actress, a shrewd Kremlinite, a gregarious American, and a temperamental chef. The book is brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another.  
Lady Cop Makes Trouble, by Amy Stewart
One reviewer labeled Constance Kopp "An American answer to Maisie Dobbs." Following their debut appearance in Amy Stewart's Girl Waits with Gun, Constance and her sisters return in Lady Cop Makes Trouble.

After being appointed one of the nation's first female detectives, she is tasked with chasing down fugitives on the streets of New York City and New Jersey. Based on the real-life adventures of Constance Kopp and her sisters Norma and Fleurette, this second installment takes us further into the romping, riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime -- and actual criminals -- along the way. In addition to her new Kopp series, Amy Stewart is also the author of the nonfiction books The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and Wicked Bugs, Joining Ann Patchett in her commitment to independent bookselling, Stewart and her husband own a bookstore in northern California.
Mad Enchantment,  by Ross King
Claude Monet is one of the world's most beloved artists, and his paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are the most famous of his creations. Ross King is the bestselling author of books on such great geniuses as Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and Filippo Brunelleschi. In his newest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King tells the story of the creation of these paintings from Monet's later years. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, capturing colorful details of Monet's lavish lifestyle, tempestuous personality, and abiding friendships, the author presents an intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture.    
The Boy Who Runs, by John Brant
Portland author John Brant brings us the story of an amazing athlete and internationally recognized humanitarian in his new book The Boy Who Runs: The Odyssey of Julius Achon. Achon was born in northern Uganda in 1976, five years into Idi Amin's reign of terror. At age 12, while playing soccer on a dusty patch of dirt, Achon was taken by members of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army and made a boy soldier. When he became free he discovered his talents as a runner, which led to a career as one of the world's foremost middle-distance runners. But then a devastating tragedy prevented him from pursuing gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and he was once again forced to forge a new path for himself. Today he is the director of the Achon Uganda Children's Fund, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Uganda through access to healthcare, education, and athletics. Brant is an award-winning sportswriter who is also the author of the book Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer
Women of all ages, and men, too, will have plenty to say about comedian Amy Schumer's first-ever book, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. Fans of the television series "Inside Amy Schumer" and the movie "Trainwreck" will delight in this frank memoir (although Schumer says it isn't a memoir). Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, these refreshingly candid personal and observational essays will likely leave you nodding your head in recognition. Second-wave feminists may say "but..." and lovers of parody will chortle at the title. Pop culture devotees will relish the insider gossip and there is ample material for amateur sociologists studying dysfunctional family life in the late 20th century.
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