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“Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” 
~Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Dear Readers,

After about 17 non-starts, I’ve realized there’s no way to write this months newsletter without talking about everything, and no way to write it and talk about nothing. Another Independence Day is here and I’m having trouble feeling celebratory after such a massive and devastating failure of government, and of us. How did we allow the worst of us to shape the next thirty years of policy and lawmaking? Political ideology, partisanship, and maneuvering has outdistanced reason, and corrupted the highest court of the land. We could all place blame and list a thousand reasons why, but it doesn’t help us move forward.

“Time makes more converts than Reason.” ~Thomas Paine, Common Sense

In 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a 47-page pamphlet reasoning why the young rebellion should sever ties with an antiquated monarchy. By propelling the establishment of a federal government free of tyranny, religion, run by the people and held in protection of the unalienable rights for all its citizens, this little paperback book changed the world and motivated an entire country to take on the hard and incredibly complex job of self-government. It reminds me that our greatness was not built on looking back, on nostalgia, on propping up obsolete systems and ideas, but rather on the foundations of progress, innovation, collaboration, and reason. It's been a long, long fight for equality and freedom for all, and we aren't there yet, but it dishonors the great sacrifices of our past and excruciatingly hard-won steps forward to let the little progress we've made slide backwards now.
“The common people will let it go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be prodded, prodded.” ~Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
So.. let’s take the weekend. Spend time with people we care about. And then get to work again. Because we cannot continue to make monumental, consequential decisions based on the political ideologies of a few, blind to the erosion of universal human rights. There's a lot to do - poverty, homelessness, gun control, mass shootings, education reform, voting rights, election laws, opioid crisis, affirmative action, climate change, business regulation, healthcare, abortion. Lets read and talk and encourage the people we believe in to get involved with local government and service organizations. We need new, and a great deal more leadership.
“I’m dejected, but only momentarily, when I can’t get the fifth vote for something I think is very important. But then you go on to the next challenge and you give it your all.” ~ Ruth Bader Gingsberg

Here are a few reading suggestions for this unique summer in history. I'll keep adding to this list and share it on our website soon. Wishing you all a Happy 4th and a peaceful July.

Attention Writers! Please join us for a summer workshop with author Nicole Meier! Roundabout Books is pleased to host Blueprint for a Book led by Nicole Meier.

Are you a writer just starting out or maybe even stuck in the murky middle of your book? This in-person workshop is for you! In this session, Nicole will walk writers through a condensed version of Blueprint for a Book, a tool for helping writers develop their story fundamentals, define their structure, and framework to write forward with clarity. Nicole is a multi-published author and Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach who lives and works in Bend.

Space is limited. Learn more and register HERE

Announcing: Oregon Battle of the Books Author Series!

Roundabout Books is thrilled to bring you a new author series featuring 6 Oregon Battle of the Books authors this Fall! Follow the LINK to register for this FREE author series today. Space is limited. Registration will reserve your tickets for all 6 author events this Fall. All events are virtual and take place at 6pm on the following dates.

9/20/22--Measuring Up with Lily LaMotte
10/4/22--Taylor Before and After with Jennie Englund
10/13/22--While I Was Away with Waka T. Brown
10/20/22--The Trouble with Weasels with Rob Harrell
10/27/22--Letters from Cuba with Ruth Behar
11/10/22--The Barren Grounds with David A. Robertson

Where's Waldo in BEND? It’s a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo!

Pick up a “Find Waldo” passport at Roundabout Books or any of the participating businesses, starting July 1.

Waldo is hiding in 13 local businesses in NorthWest Crossing and Downtown Bend. Visit the locations on the passport where Waldo is hiding during the month of July, and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Also, be on the lookout for the Waldo who is dressed slightly different, Collect all store stamps or signatures and return passports to Roundabout Books, your Find Waldo in Bend headquarters.

A complete passport will  be entered in a drawing for Waldo books and other great prizes at our Grand Finale Prize Drawing, Sunday, July 31st at 11am!

NeighborImpact Head Start Book Drive

We've collected almost 200 books for our Neighbor Impact Head Start book drive! Thank you for all of your donations. Our goal is 500 books before the end of July and Selco Community Credit Union will be matching your donations! If you haven't had a chance to donate books yet there is still time. Please consider donating your frequent buyer credits, or stop in to pick out your favorite childhood books, call and make a donation over the phone and we'll pick them out for you, or just select titles from a long list on our website HERE. Books go directly to children in the program and help families expand their home libraries to create literacy rich homes.
We will be open a half day on July 4th from 10am - 2pm. 
We are proud to be partnering with 22in22, a Zibby Books initiative, to encourage more readers to visit bookstores in-person throughout 2022. This campaign was created to remind readers of the value in visiting bookstores and encourage mingling with like-minded book lovers. We are so happy to support our fellow bookstore champions and we hope you will be too! Please visit OUR bookstore as one of your 22in22 stops. To sign up, go to their website and come see us in Bend!

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration and Trivia
Sunday, July 31st from 10-5 (Trivia from 2-4)
In person event at the store.

Roundabout is celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday in true Hogwarts fashion! We’ll have sorting hat trivia going all day! Simply stop by, answer a Harry Potter trivia question correctly, and win the chance to visit our “Restriction Section” to pick out a free book! Come in character...anyone in costume gets a FREE piece of Honeydukes candy! Settle in with a Butterbeer and join the fun in celebrating one of our favorite characters in literature!

Also, from 2-4pm we will host Harry PotterTeam Trivia. So form a team (2-4 people 10+ years), get your house scarves on, get your taste buds ready for Butterbeer and Felix Felicis Potion and compete for discounts at Roundabout Books!

July Storytime Dates & Themes
Wednesday, July 13th @10:30-11:00. Babies.
Wednesday, July 27th @10:30-11:00. Birthdays.

Hello Storytime! We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to sharing stories and songs with 0-5 year-olds, geared toward those younger ages. There will be a heavy emphasis on fun, so bring your listening ears and a smile for a fun half hour with Kathy!
Grading on a Curve by Andrea Wickberg
Thursday, July 14th @ 6pm
In person event at the store

Fifteen-year-old Jackie should be obsessing over the cute boy in gym class. Her English teacher, David, should stick to teaching her the nuances of Homer. But Jackie and David aren’t sneaking around behind his wife’s back to discuss the classics.

Andrea Wickberg's debut novel, Grading On A Curve, dives into the murky domain of non-consensual consent. As a local author living in Bend and a volunteer advocate for Saving Grace, Andrea hopes that her book can help facilitate the discussions we need to be having, and she is happy to offer her services in any of the following ways: talks about the book's themes and the importance of awareness; guided discussion of "book club" questions; author Q&A; and anything else that would be helpful for your organization. 

Find out more HERE.
Hike 366 by Jess Beauchemin
Tuesday, July 19th @ 6pm
In person event at the store

When Jess Beauchemin takes a hike, anything can happen. She’s traveled from shoreline to mountain top, rainforest to desert, city to wilderness, East Coast to West Coast and everywhere in between. Tackling the Hike366 project, to record a hike on every calendar date of the year, gave her a deep sense of purpose with each adventure.

Hiking year-round requires a fair amount of adaptability, patience and grit; Jess recounts the ups and downs of taking on such an ambitious endeavor. Useful tips are scattered throughout the book to help you plan your next adventure, no matter where and when you go. Read about 366 adventures, learn to define hiking for yourself and get inspired for your own hiking project in these pages.

Jess Beauchemin is an outdoor explorer who loves hiking, climbing, poring over maps and poking wildflowers. She has hiked on every calendar day of the year, across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She is a personal trainer living in Bend, Oregon.

Find out more HERE.

On July 6th at 6pm, we will discuss Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Join our Zoom meeting HERE.
On July 8th at 1pm, we will discuss The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Join our Zoom meeting HERE.
On July 11th at 6pm, we will discuss Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams. Join our Zoom meeting HERE.
On July 13th at 6pm, we will discuss All The Horses of Iceland by Sarah Tolmie. Join our Zoom meeting HERE.
On July 18th at 6pm, we will discuss Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg. Join our Zoom meeting HERE
On July 20th at 6pm, we will discuss The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Join our Zoom meeting HERE.
Bend, Oregon Daycations by Kim Cooper Findling
Hey Bend, Oregon Lovers! Today is a great day for a day trip.

Announcing the second edition of Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, by award-winning Oregon author Kim Cooper Findling. Beginning with its launch as a best-seller, including a rank as the #1 selling book of 2017 for Bend’s Roundabout Books, Bend, Oregon Daycations has been the must-have guidebook popular with families and newcomers curious about the exciting destinations that surround Bend, Oregon. Now the book has been updated to include maps, more destinations, and more fun one-day travel narratives for families. Learn what to take, where to go and what not to miss on 23 Oregon day trips within a two-hour radius of Bend.

Call or come into the store to check it out!
In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends—often in love, but never lovers—come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.

"This sweeping, gorgeously written novel … charts the beauty, tenacity, and fragility of human love and creativity…. One of the best books I've ever read." —John Green, best-selling author of The Anthropocene Reviewed
Releases 7.5.22. Preorder HERE.
Celebrated novelist Alice Elliott Dark returns with a triumphant and masterful story of a lifelong friendship tracing the shared histories of two very different women across the arc of the twentieth century. Seventeen years in the making, this is Alice Elliot Dark's magnum opus.

Agnes Lee, the protagonist of the novel, is a stunning and unforgettable character, whose prickliness, ambition, and complexity make her a rousing rendition of a woman ahead of her time. Think, Olive Kitteridge meets Joan Didion. And her nuanced and lifelong friendship with Polly Wister has the ups and downs of the friendship in the Elena Ferrante series.

Releases 7.5.22. Preorder HERE.
Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love--the Greek tale of Hades and Persephone gets a romantic modern update in the gorgeously illustrated, Eisner-nominated Lore Olympus, including a new short story!

This volume collects episodes 26-49 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

Releases 7.5.22. Preorder HERE.
In her most ambitious novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard returns to the themes that are the hallmarks of her most acclaimed work in a mesmerizing story of a family—from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives.

A story of holding on and learning to let go, Count the Ways is an achingly beautiful, poignant, and deeply compassionate novel of home, parenthood, love, and forgiveness.

Releases 7.5.22. Preorder HERE.
After A Psalm for the Wild-Built comes this tale of hope and acceptance in the second volume of the USA Today bestselling Monk and Robot series.
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

Becky Chambers's new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.
April Clarke-Cliveden was bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate It girl. She quickly pulled Hannah, her Oxford roommate, into her dazzling orbit along with a tight clique of friends. By the end of the year, April was dead.

A decade later, Hannah's world is rocked when new evidence emerges that April's convicted murderer may have been innocent. As Hannah delves deeper, she realizes that her old friends all have something to hide…including murder.

“The Agatha Christie of our generation” (David Baldacci) proves once again that she is “as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime."

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.
An ordinary man undergoes a startling transformation—and fears that all of humanity may be next—in the mind-blowing new thriller from the NYT bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion.

Logan Ramsay can feel his brain…changing. His body too. He’s becoming something other than himself. Maybe even other than human. As he seeks answers, his transformation threatens everything—his family, his job, even his freedom.
The truth is more disturbing than he can imagine. His DNA has been rewritten with an unprecedented genetic-engineering breakthrough—one that could change our very definitions of humanity.

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.
From the NYT bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, an utterly original memoir-in-essays that is as deeply moving as it is hilarious
In these essays, Sánchez writes about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression, revealing an interior life rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception. Raunchy, insightful, unapologetic, and brutally honest, Crying in the Bathroom is Sánchez at her best—a book that will make you feel that post-confessional high that comes from talking for hours with your best friend.  

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.
From Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year finalist Julia Armfield, a haunting, utterly original debut novel about a couple dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous deep-sea mission.

Leah is changed. A marine biologist, she left for a routine expedition months earlier, only this time her submarine sank to the sea floor. When she finally surfaces and returns home, her wife Miri knows that something is wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded, Leah has carried part of it with her, onto dry land and into their home. As Miri searches for answers, desperate to understand what happened below the water, she must face the possibility that the woman she loves is slipping from her grasp.

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.


From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher." Madeline Usher is dying. Alex Easton, a retired soldier and childhood friend, races to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania to see her.

What they find is a nightmare of fungi and possessed wildlife surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious nervous malad. Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

Releases 7.12.22. Preorder HERE.
From the NYT bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico.

Carlota Moreau: The only daughter of a researcher who is either a genius or a madman. Montgomery Laughton: A melancholic overseer with a tragic past. The hybrids: A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities. 
All of them living in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of the charming and careless Eduardo Lizalde, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.

Releases 7.19.22. Preorder HERE.
The Bodyguard is the feel-good, heartwarmingly romantic, deliciously witty binge-read of the summer! Hannah looks more like a kindergarten teacher than an Executive Protection Agent (aka "bodyguard"), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his stalker.

When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover.

The more time Hannah spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Releases 7.19.22. Preorder HERE
An edgy, fast-paced literary thriller about a dysfunctional Savannah family and the secrets that emerge as they investigate a murder and a disappearance, from master storyteller and founder The Moth.

When matriarch Morgana Musgrove calls upon prodigal son Ransom to help with a case, the defunct M. Musgrove & Family Detective Agency is back in business, albeit reluctantly. Whispers of a mysterious lost “Kingdom”—descendants of the African-American soldiers who fought for King George in the Revolutionary War, afterwards forming a secret community, refusing to return to slavery—float in the sultry Savannah night. The Musgroves creep closer to exposing a depraved history that a powerful few are determined to keep hidden, no matter the cost…

Releases 7.19.22. Preorder HERE.
In The Light We Give, Simran Jeet Singh—writer, educator, and human rights activist—shares a powerful approach to living a purposeful and rewarding life. Growing up in Texas the son of Indian immigrants, he has confronted racism, bullying, and ethnic slurs throughout his life: at school, on the athletic field, in his San Antonio neighborhood, and on the streets of New York City. Instead of growing bitter or angry, Singh draws from Sikh teachings to seek out the good in every situation and find positive ways to direct his energy. These tenets of love, caring, and service to others have empowered him to forge a life of connection and a commitment to justice that have brought him deep happiness and made him a national figure in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.   

Releases 7.19.22. Preorder HERE.
Falling in love just got sweeter in this charming, romantic YA graphic novel from WEBTOON. Ray, a young seer struggling with her powers, discovers first love and friendship in her town's magic bakery. 

In a very special town, there’s an even more unusual bakery with a selection of baked treats hand-crafted to help your dreams come true. For Ray, the order is always the same: a hot tea with a delicious side of romance. When Ray meets Laurie, the kind barista who aspires to be a professional musician, she gets a real taste of love for the first time. But even with a spark of magic, romance isn’t so simple. 

Releases 7.19.22. Preorder HERE.
Velasin vin Aaro plans to marry a girl from neighboring Tithena. When his preference for men is revealed, Vel fears he’s ruined the diplomatic union. But the Tithenai envoy has a solution: for Vel to marry his former intended’s brother instead.

Caethari Aeduria always knew he might end up in a political marriage, but his sudden betrothal to a man from Ralia, where such relationships are forbidden, comes as a shock.

With an unknown faction willing to kill to end their new alliance, Vel and Cae have no choice but to trust each other. 

Byzantine politics, lush sexual energy, and a queer love story that is by turns sweet and sultry, A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth.

Releases 7.26.22. Preorder HERE
A moving and deeply engaging debut novel about a young Native American man finding strength in his familial identity, from a stellar new voice in fiction.
Told in a series of voices, Calling for a Blanket Dance takes us into the life of Ever Geimausaddle through the multigenerational perspectives of his family as they face myriad obstacles. His father’s injury at the hands of corrupt police, his mother's struggle to hold on to her job and care for her husband, the constant resettlement of the family, and the legacy of centuries of injustice all intensify Ever’s bottled-up rage. And once an adult, Ever must take the strength given to him by his relatives to save not only himself but also the next generation of family.

Release 7.26.22. Preorder HERE
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