April 2012 Readings, First Friday, and More!

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First Friday
April Readings
Dystopia
Indie Bookseller Picks

First Friday

April 6 is First Friday! Take a break from Turbo Tax and head out to the Village! Begin your evening at Annie Bloom's, where we'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, you can enter a pair of drawings to win free books!

In honor of National Poetry Month, the adult drawing is for:

The Way It Is,
by William Stafford

For the kids drawing, we're giving away:

Every Thing On It
by Shel Silverstein 
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April Readings, First Friday, and More!
Join us for all the wonderful readings we have this month. Also, check out our latest Theme section. Plus, find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Drop by and see on First Friday! 
February Readings
Brian Doyle
Bin Laden's Bald Spot
Monday, April 2, 7pm
100 great poems Brian Doyle, author of Mink River, returns to Annie Bloom's to read from his new short story collection, Bin Laden's Bald Spot. Welcome to the peculiar and headlong world of Brian Doyle's fiction, where the odd is happening all the time, reported upon by characters of every sort and stripe. These stories will remind readers of the late giant David Foster Wallace, in their straightforward accounts of anything-but-straightforward events; of modern short story pioneer Raymond Carver, a bit, in their blunt, unadorned dialogue; and of Julia Whitty, a bit, in their willingness to believe what is happening, even if it absolutely shouldn't be.

Phillip Margolin
Capitol Murder
Tuesday, April 3, 7pm
Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller--the heroes of Executive Privilege and Supreme Justice--are back in Capitol Murder. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C., where he is working for Senator Jack Carson. A dead body, murdered according to Little's M.O., is found in the senator's Georgetown home, and Carson has disappeared. While Dana is in Oregon digging into Carson's shady background, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil.

Maryrose Larkin
Portland Poet
Thursday, April 12, 7pm
Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook (Flash + Card, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), Darc (Flash + Card, 2009), and The Name of This Intersection Is Frost (Shearsman, 2010). Maryrose is one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of Flash + Card, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press.


Bad News! Due to a family illness, Jacqueline Winspear's reading (for April 12) has been POSTPONED! As of yet, no new date has been scheduled.
Dystopia
Our current Theme section is Dystopia. The Hunger Games phenomenon is in full swing, so we're all in the mood for some good, fun disintegration-of-society stuff. Come in to browse at our cozy store, where the world has yet to crumble into ruins. Here are but a few of the dystopian novels we have selected for your reading pleasure:


The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set
by Suzanne Collins


Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley


 
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon


Blindness
by Jose Saramago 
April Indie Next List 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse all the picks for April. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):

100 great poems
Wild
by Cheryl Strayed


Some Assembly Required
by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott


Elegy for Eddie
by Jacqueline Winspear


The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler


Drop Dead Healthy
by A.J. Jacobs