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Monday, June 30, 2008

Best of Bend 2008

Bend Living's Best of Bend 2008 just came out, and Camalli Book Company was voted Best Bookstore! Thanks to anyone and everyone who not only voted for us, but to everyone who has been so kind and supportive over this last year. I have a hard time believing that we've been open a full year come the end of July!


Friday, June 27, 2008

What's New, What's New...

It’s been a busy week in the store. People are stocking up on their summer reads, many of them going off to enviable locals … Italy, France, Kauai. As for me, I’m pretty much here with Bodhi every day except Saturdays and some Sundays, but there are worse ways to spend your summer than sharing books. For those of you traveling with kids, we have a lot of activity books to help keep them occupied while in the car or on the plane.


I’m very excited about this … on Thursday, June 19, we kicked off THIRD THURSDAY WORD here in the store. This will be a monthly event featuring a regional poet or writer. So mark your calendars for every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Graciously kicking it off for us on the 19th was c.vance, host of the Bend Poetry Slam and author of the new chapbook of poetry and short stories, The Alley Flowers Bloom. We of course have his books in stock … it’s a bargain at $5, people! Support a local writer. For THIRD THURSDAY WORD in July (7/17) we have Jason Graham coming in. Jason is a local artist/poet/musician … you may have read the article about him in the Bulletin back in January. Join us on July 17th for an evening of spoken word and perhaps a glass of wine or beer …

Another one to mark on your calendar … on Monday, July 21 at 6:00 author Steven T. Wax comes to Camalli to discuss his new book Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror, A Public Defender’s Inside Account. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about the book (you also may have heard Wax on OPB a couple of weeks ago):

Federal public defender Wax masterfully delivers a harrowing story of the erosion of civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attacks in a powerful testimony that reads like a thriller. Wax follows the stories of two men he represented, both victims of post-9/11 counterterrorism measures. The first---American citizen and fellow lawyer Brandon Mayfield---was arrested by the FBI as a suspect in the Madrid train station bombings in 2004, after the FBI claimed that a latent fingerprint found on the scene matched Mayfield’s. The second story revolves around Adel Hamad, a Sudanese-born hospital administrator arrested in Pakistan while doing refugee relief work. Imprisoned for six months in “a fetid hell” for alleged connections with al-Qaeda, Hamad was hooded and shackled and transferred to Guantánamo Bay, where he has languished for the past four years. With considerable finesse, the author narrates these two gripping stories in alternating chapters through each stage of his clients' cases. Wax offers personal insight and professional outrage; his is a powerful voice that deserves to reach all Americans.


On Monday, JUNE 30, the Camalli Book Club discusses our June pick, Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves (6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Join in for the discussion or just be honest about it, say you didn't read the book, and join us for a glass of wine, anyway ... that's okay, too! Our July pick is The Thirteenth Tale.


We went on a brief hiatus, but will resume story times starting Wednesday, July 2, at 3:00. Because of summer schedules, we are unable to do morning story times for awhile. Here’s the story time schedule for July:

  • Wednesday, July 2, 3:00 p.m., Theme: The Moon
  • Tuesday, July 15, 3:00 p.m. … special story time! Join us as local authors/illustrators June Atsuko Martel and Sandy Beelmann share their new children’s book, In My Day. June will also do a paper craft with the kids after the story. In My Day follows two children, one in Japan and the other in America, through a typical day in the early 1900s. It’s a charming book. Again, support your local authors!
  • Wednesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m., Theme: Gardens
  • Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 p.m., Theme: Trucks

Monday, June 16, 2008

Camalli Events

Events at the store this week:

Tuesday, June 17, 6:00pm-7:00pm … local authors and landscapers Fred Swisher and Sarah Whipple have recently released their book, 55 Myths, Tips & Secrets: Bend’s Essential Guide to Landscaping. Anyone who tries to garden in this town is well aware of the challenges involved. So come on down Tuesday night for a booksigning and discussion that will shed some light on some of those myths, tips and secrets.

Wednesday, June 18, 3:00-3:30 ... story time! Our theme this week is BIRDS.

Thursday, June 19, 7:00pm-whenever … landscaping of the mind. Bend Poetry Slam host c.vance is in the store for a reading/performance. He recently released a collection of poems and stories: the alley flowers bloom…. This Thursday kicks off the store’s Third Thursday poetry/spoken word events, officially titled Third Thursday Word. In July for Third Thursday we’ll have Jason Graham, aka MOsleyWOtta/MoWo. We very much enjoy c.vance's work, but just want to give everyone the head's up that there are some 'adult' themes and language.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Story Time AND Author Visit

Today (6/4) at 3:00 ... STORY TIME! The theme: The Beach! Come join us for some ocean-themed stories and, of course, a fun craft. Bodhi's here today and anxious for some kid love!

SUNDAY, 6/8, at 4:00 ... come in for a reading and signing by Portland-based author TREVOR SCOTT. A former Air Force officer and the author of more than a dozen books, Scott will stop in at Camalli for a reading and discussion centered on his books’ themes of espionage and intrigue. Scott’s most recent book, BURST OF SOUND, was called “highly entertaining” by the Midwest Book Review and “very exciting” by WP Book Reviews. Scott joined the Navy just shy of 18, working on the dangerous flight deck of aircraft carriers as an aviation ordnanceman on cruises to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Letting an 18-year-old loose on the streets of the world was an excellent training ground for his future career as an international thriller writer. Done with the Navy after four years, Scott attended the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in English and journalism. He soon rejoined the military as an Air Force officer. He was stationed first in Missouri in a communications squadron supporting Minuteman II ICBMs. Then he moved on to a Ground-Launched Cruise Missile unit in Germany for three years during the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the fall of communism, where he participated in joint exercises with the German Army and Air Force, and escorted Soviet inspection teams in compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

SO ... Scott's visit will be of interest to all kinds of folks. And if you're a budding writer yourself, come on in and ask questions! It's the best way to learn about publishing process.