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Reading: Radhika Natarajan: Hear Our Voices

Event date: 
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Radhika Natarajan for an in-store reading from her Middle Grade book Hear Our Voices: A Powerful Retelling of the British Empire through 20 True Stories.

About Hear Our Voices:

This compelling and important history of the British Empire, told from the perspective of 20 people who lived through it, tells the story of one of the largest and most powerful empires in human history. At one time, the British Empire ruled over almost a quarter of the world’s population. Men, women and children from all walks of life and from across the globe were affected in big and small ways, from the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the languages they spoke to the work they did and the rights they held. This legacy and impact is still evident all over the world today. This book shines a light on the human aspects of the 'Empire where the sun never sets', introducing readers to a host of figures, both powerful and modest, who lived through, challenged, and influenced the course of the British Empire. These engaging true stories of resistance, community, struggle and hope will spark conversations, foster a broader, decolonized understanding of the reaches and impacts of colonialism and ultimately leave readers inspired. After all, understanding our past and its echoes in our lives today is a step towards a better future.

Radhika Natarajan is Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Her research focuses on the intertwined histories of decolonization, the welfare state, and citizenship in the British imperial world.

Hear Our Voices: A Powerful Retelling of the British Empire through 20 True Stories By Radhika Natarajan, Chao Tayiana, Alexander Mostov (Illustrator) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780711266957
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - October 17th, 2023

Poetry Reading: Mary Mullen, Melody Wilson, Merna Dyer Skinner

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Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes local poets Mary Mullen, Melody Wilson, Merna Dyer Skinner for an in-store reading from their new collections.

About A Thousand Cabbages:

Mary Mullen's second collection of poems spans two oceans and decades of courage and introspection. "This is A RARE CREATION of song and scar, of vulnerability and emotional complexity. In Mary Mullen's new collection A Thousand Cabbages, the natural and human worlds mingle in accessible yet almost mythic ways." ––John Sibley Williams, author of Scale Model of a Country at Dawn

Mary Mullen was born in Anchorage and raised on her parents' homestead in Soldotna, Alaska. Her debut poetry collection, Zephyr, was published by Salmon Poetry, Co. Clare, Ireland, in 2010. Her poems have appeared in multiple publications. She lived in Ballinderreen, Co. Galway, Ireland, for two decades and now is living in Forest Grove, Oregon, with her adult daughter, Lily. They are both advocates for people with disabilities.

About Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates:

A look at life from the ground up, as well as from the curtain rod, and the window screen. This collection of poems explores the relationship between the hand and the small creature held in the hand, between the aquarium wall and the being on the other side. We know how our lives are touched by the creatures lying on the rug or the windowsill, but what about all those we can scarcely look at? Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates attempts to do that.

Melody Wilson's work appears in Nimrod, Sugar House Review, and on VerseDaily. She received 2022 Pushcart nominations from Redactions, and Red Rock Review, and was finalist for the Naugatuck Narrative Poetry Contest, and was semi-finalist for the 2022 Pablo Neruda Awards. Find more of her work at melodywilson.com.

About A Brief History of Two Aprons:

"A Brief History of Two Aprons is honest, engaging and demonstrates the past can be a place troubled with questions. Skinner asks us '…to describe the sound of a turning page?' as we turn page after page of beautiful poetry we find ourselves drifting through her life, and in doing so discover something about our own. These poems '… traveling slow as heat …' deserve to be read."   ––Rick Bursky, author of I'm No Longer Troubled By the Extravagance

Merna Dyer Skinner is a poet and communications consultant living in Portland, OR. Her poems have appeared in: ONE ART, Rust + Moth, Lily Poetry Review, Quartet, and The Baltimore Review, among other journals, and three anthologies. Her chapbook, A Brief History of Two Aprons, was published by Finishing Line Press. Merna holds an MA in Communication Studies from Emerson College. She's lived in six U.S. states, traveled to six continents, and is currently working on her first full length poetry collection, and is editing an anthology of fishing poems by female poets.

Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates By Melody Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9798888383391
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Published: Finishing Line Press - August 25th, 2023

A Brief History of Two Aprons By Merna Dyer Skinner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781944899387
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Published: Finishing Line Press - June 13th, 2016