Reading: Jack Moody: Dancing to Broken Records

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Jack Moody to read from his fiction collection, Dancing to Broken Records.

Henry Gallagher is a failure. Born into a broken family, now a young alcoholic struggling with mental illness, Henry is successful at one thing: destroying his life. While spending his time and waning finances at local bars and on any woman who will show him affection, Henry reflects on his past, seeing no future other than the one he believes has been preordained for him. From a funeral in Ireland, to a chance meeting with a German millionaire, to a booze-soaked and bloody version of Last Tango in Paris, Henry's life is both darkly humorous and unapologetically human. Accompanied by stories of other down and out characters fighting their way through the underbelly of society, Jack Moody's debut collection poses Henry's greatest question: Do we end up where we do purely because of the choices we've made, or are some of us simply doomed at birth to fail?

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ISBN: 9781949472813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Publishing Group - June 21st, 2019

Reading: Tom Alkire: Western Waters

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Tom Alkire to read from Western Waters: Fly-Fishing Memories and Lessons from Twelve Rivers.

In this collection of essays about well-known (and some not-so-well-known) Western waters, Alkire blends how-to, where-to, and natural history with lyrical prose and a deep insight that only comes with knowing a place well. From rainforest rivers to desert rivers, from tidal rivers to those along the Continental Divide, the author has waded and fished these waters over the decades. Along with his fishing adventures, the book also looks at the geography, the early explorers of, and the modern-day impacts on the rivers themselves.

Tom Alkire has written about fishing, rivers, and the natural world for more than 30 years. In addition to a prolific freelance writing career, he spent three decades covering business and environment as a Northwest staff correspondent for Bloomberg BNA. His writing has been awarded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Newspaper Guild, among others. He is a frequent presenter at local fly fishing clubs and is the author of There's More to Fishing (Than Catching Fish) and River Stories: Headwaters to the Sea.

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ISBN: 9780811738293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Stackpole Books - August 26th, 2019