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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Book Event Tonight: POWERLESS

Join us tonight when local author Jim Owen discusses his new book Powerless: Our Children's Future at 7:00 p.m. here at Camalli (1288 SW Simpson, Suite C). We are not daunted by the snow, so the event goes forward as planned.

Other upcoming events . . .

February 7 . . . Story Time at 10:00 a.m.; theme is transportation
February 8 . . . Judith Montgomery @ 6:00 p.m., reading from her latest poetry chapbook, Pulse and Constellation
February 13 . . . Story Time at 3:00 p.m.

Outside the store, mark your calendars for February 21, when Word Cafe once again takes place at COCC at 7:30. This event features poetry and fiction performed featuring Brad Hills new repertory group as well as a unique reading of poetry interpreted by dance and accompanied by live music. The performances will be followed by readings by featured local authors--including Suzanne Burns (see below) and an open mic.

On FEBRUARY 4 we begin Creative Consciousness. The idea for this program was taken from local resident Karen Castelbaum, who places an information box (real-estate style) in front of her house. Every month she places a poem in the box for people to take. We're using the idea (thanks Karen!) with Creative Consciousness. Each week we'll feature a new poem, literary passage, or piece of art (changing each Monday). On Monday the 4th we begin with a wonderful piece of poetry by Bend resident Cassie Moore, with original art by our own Britanny Zendejas. The poem and art are beautiful together, so be sure to stop by sometime after the 4th to pick one up! These are FREE, and you can pick up your piece of Creative Consciousness from the flyer box outside the front door of the store. If you'd like to submit your own work just e-mail us! We want this to be a community-centered project.

Also upcoming in the store ... local author Suzanne Burns will read from her wonderful new chapbook, Double Header. Check back in for date and time! Also look for upcoming author visits from Wayne Kee, author of the narrative poem Song of the Snake Wars . . . and Fred Swisher & Sarah Whipple, authors of 55 Myths, Tips & Secrets: Bend's Essential Guide to Landscaping.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Coming Now and Later

STORY TIMES: Thursday, 1/24, 10:00 a.m. & Wednesday, 1/30, 3:00 p.m. ... Tina's Favorites! Thursday, 2/7, 10:00 a.m. & Wednesday, 2/13, 3:00 p.m. ... Transportation. And great news ... we have guest reader Karen Grace Kassy coming in March. She'll read a story about Lewis & Clark and will bring her sweet and gentle Newfoundland, the type of dog that is at the center of our story. Mark your calendars for March 12 at 3:00 p.m. for that story time.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS: We've had some great special orders and book club picks recently. One book club is reading Ursula K. LeGuin's translation of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching. It's one of the best selections yet, as it's unique and filled with simple & beautiful wisdom . . . and I was completely surprised to find this version from LeGuin. Another unique selection is Persepholis: The Story of a Childhood. This graphic novel tells the story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. If you've never looked through a graphic novel, we highly recommend you take a few minutes to browse a few. These are kids' comic books ... many graphic novels are sophisticated tales accompanied by amazing art. They certainly warrant a look.

The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation, by Paulo Coehlo, is another pick from a local book club. Coehlo's book is a parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil. Another club is reading Coehlo's Veronika Decides to Die.

If you're looking for a classic for your club pick, consider Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. One of my personal favorites, this tale of adultery in the provinces certainly deserves another look following any requisite high school reading. The "Madame" here is Emma Bovary, the wife of a doctor who is less than satisfied with the banalities of her provincial life. She embarks on adulterous affairs and comes to a tragic end. She would be the most desperate of the desperate housewives. Other classics to look at again: The Scarlett Letter, Fahrenheit 451, Invisible Man, Atlas Shrugged, Lolita, Under the Volcano . . . so many!

BOOK CLUB: Camalli Book Co.'s next book club selection is SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessl. Don't let the title scare you! This mesmerizing debut novel centers on the clever, deadpan Blue van Meer, who has a head full of literary, philosophical, scientific, and cinematic knowledge. But she could use some friends. Upon entering the elite St. Gallway school she finds some--a clique of eccentrics known as the Bluebloods. One drowning and one hanging later, Blue finds herself puzzling out a byzantine murder mystery. Nabokov meets Donna Tartt in this novel--with "visual aids" drawn by the author--that has won over readers of all ages. Paperback. We will meet to discuss the novel on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:00 p.m. We had a great book-focused discussion for The World to Come, so we hope you can join us on the 27th! Everyone is welcome. Our March pick discussion will be held on Monday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m.

WHAT'S UP: Join us on January 31 as Bend author Jim Owen discusses his new book, Powerless: Our Children's Future. Owen explores the world’s need for a massive new energy economy in this powerful new book. Written by a grandfather to his three young grandchildren to read in ten years, it’s also a call to action, for anyone concerned about the world’s future. Powerless is a wake-up call based on the scientific research and ideas of great thinkers from Adam Smith, E.O. Wilson and Thomas L. Friedman. The book shows how four key elements create our coming environmental disaster: world population, distribution of power and wealth, natural resources and humans’ natural hesitation to act on long-term problems, even when they pose a threat to our children.
WOMEN ... HOT FLASHES GOT YOU DOWN?: On 2/21 Dr. Azure Karli of Bend Naturopathic Clinic will discuss the variety of menopause treatments available. Questions are welcomed, and you'll also find a range of books available to help you navigate your way through the change. :)

Friday, January 4, 2008

Story Time / Book Club

Story Times continue to be wild and fun! Here's the January schedule:
  • Thursday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
  • Wednesday, January 16, 3:o0 p.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
  • Thursday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - Tina's Favorites
  • Wednesday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. - Tina's Favorites

We're closing in on our discusson of Dara Horn's The World to Come. We'll meet on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. here at the store. EVERYONE is welcome. If you can think of one discussion ahead of time that'd be great. I know I'll be re-reading the last two chapters of the book before we meet . . . what happens at the end will certainly help propel a spirited discussion! We'll also need to decide on our next read. Books in consideration include (all in paperback):
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch, by Gariel Garcia Marquez
  • Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
  • Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
But we're also open to more suggestions! Shoot me an e-mail if you have a book in mind. We hope to see you on the 10th!