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Reading: Laila Lalami: The Other Americans

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes Laila Lalami to read from her latest novel, The Other Americans.

From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Moor’s Account, here is a timely and powerful novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant living in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora's and an Iraq War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

As the characters—deeply divided by race, religion, and class—tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love, messy and unpredictable, is born.

The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524747145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780804170628
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - August 18th, 2015

Poetry Reading: Cathy Cain and Piper Bringman

Event date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Annie Bloom's welcomes local poets Cathy Cain and Piper Bringman, whose new collections are published by The Poetry Box.

Cathy Cain, like a bee to flower, gathers thought from one encounter with nature to another. Throughout Bee Dance, she speaks from many perspectives—as herself, as tree, as mushroom, or as goddess-hero. Sometimes playful, even mystical, Cain is deeply honest as she confronts the state of our relationship with the natural environment, with technology, and with what it means to be human.

"A roadmap to abundance, Cathy Cain’s poetry expresses the impulse to reinvent ourselves outside of cyber noise and instead define ourselves within the boundaries of sentiencies around us." —Tricia Knoll, author of How I Learned to be White and Broadfork Farm

"Thrumming with a wise and generous curiosity, the poems in Cathy Cain’s Bee Dance are bright signposts pointing a way forward through a difficult age.”—Annie Lighthart, author of Lantern and Iron String

Cardboard Wings is the debut poetry collection by Piper Bringman, a 14-year-old poet who is coming of age. And, although her writing originally grew from a child’s grief for her beloved pet, it has blossomed into a rich voice of aspiration and charm. Join her as she explores the natural world, and shares her experience as a young curious heart navigating these modern times.

Bringman is a poet and lifelong Waldorf student in Portland, Oregon. She is in 8th grade and spends her days playing soccer, practicing violin, woodworking and learning different kinds of handwork. Outside of school, when she isn’t writing poetry, Pi can be found playing piano, snuggling in a beanbag chair with her cats and a fantasy novel, as well as in the ballet studio preparing to perform en pointe in annual renditions of The Nutcracker.