April 2013 Author Readings, New Poetry, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
New CDs
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Poetry Books

First Friday

April 5 is First Friday!


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away a great prize for our  drawing. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


les mis blu ray  This month, we're giving away a Les Miserable Blu-Ray, plus Les Mis coasters and Les Mis earbuds! So, pop in the movie, partake of your favorite libation, and don't worry about waking up the rest of the house.  

New CDs  

Here are some of the newly released CDs that you can find at Annie Bloom's:

The Blue Room
by Madeleine Peyroux

The Next Day
by David Bowie

Beethoven Symphonies 4 & 7
by Joshua Bell

The Beast in Its Tracks
by Josh Ritter

Browse more CDs on our website. Don't see what you want? We can order CDs (and DVDs!) for you. Just email or call 503-246-0053
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April 2013 Author Readings, New Poetry, and More!

We've got lots of great readings on this month's calendar! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And celebrate National Poetry Month with new books of verse. Check out our new CDs and drop by and see us on First Friday! 
April Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Chitra Divakaruni
Oleander Girl
Tuesday, April 2, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes back the author of The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Shortly after Korobi's engagement to the charming Rajat, a heart attack kills her grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about her past. Shattered by this discovery, Korobi undertakes a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity.

Phillip Margolin
Sleight of Hand
Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
Charles Benedict--charismatic criminal defense lawyer, amateur illusionist, and professional hit man--has performed his greatest sleight of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his wife. When Horace Blair married Carrie, he made her sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful for the first ten years of marriage. Just one week before their tenth anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Now P.I. Dana Cutler must conjure a few tricks of her own, before Benedict can work his deadly magic on her.

J.A. Jance
Deadly Stakes
Monday, April 15, 7pm

Police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A.J. Sanders, a frightened teen who's the first person to discover the body. Ali must stop a deadly killer from claiming another victim ... before she herself is lost in this game of deadly stakes.


National Poetry Month Reading
Wednesday, April 17, 7pm
To celebrate National Poetry Month, we're hosting this sextet of wonderful Portland writers. Carl Adamshick [pictured] is the author of the collection Curses and Wishes. Sarah Bartlett is the co-author of two chapbook collaborations: Baby On The Safe Side and A Mule-Shaped Cloud. Emily Kendall Frey is the author of The Grief Performance. James Gendron is the author of the new full-length collection Sexual Boat (Sex Boats). Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and is the founding editor of two literary journals. Coleman Stevenson is the author of The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609.

Paul Dage
Trout Kill
Monday, April 22, 7pm
The Multnomah Villager presents his debut novel. The story is set in a small Oregon coastal community in 1997. Eddy Trout is a 47-year-old bartender who is searching for both his past and himself. He is a damaged man, and his marriage is falling apart. He loves his sister, Emily, who is equally damaged. They have never known their parents, but one day a stranger appears who claims to be their father. Eddy angrily denies it, but this stranger soon turns his and Emily's life inside out, and Eddy sets out to discover the truth.

Becky Ohlsen
Walking Portland
Wednesday, April 24, 7pm
On each walk, you'll discover hidden gardens, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, old-school taverns, oddball shops, and edgy warehouse galleries in some of the Northwest's most exciting neighborhoods. You'll cross bridges and graveyards, wander a Smithsonian-honored boulevard, see experiments in urban renewal, and be regaled with stories of the city's colorful past. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll full of shopping and snacks or a vigorous trek over tree-covered hillsides, grab this book, step outside and ... walk Portland.
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): 

Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
Kat at Bookshop Santa Cruz calls this "both an engaging puzzle and a meticulously detailed historical novel that spans the two World Wars. With the introduction of Ursula Todd, Atkinson plays with second chances and alternate histories. Could our decisions, big and small, avert wars? Make us happier? Stop death in its tracks? Life After Life is simply a terrific novel, rich with history and possibility, that will leave the reader pondering long after the final page."

The Andalucian Friend
by Alexander Soderberg
Pierre at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids writes: "A new high-octane thriller--the first in a trilogy--has arrived! Sophie Brinkmann finds herself in the middle of a war between international drug dealers when she starts dating book publisher Hector Guzman. She turns to an ex-boyfriend for help, but he is an arms dealer whose latest deal has angered his clients. All these people collide in a tightly woven and highly suspenseful story that will keep you reading long into the night."

Leaving Everything Most Loved
by Jacqueline Winspear
From Lorna at Wellesley Bookshop: "In this, her 10th Maisie Dobbs novel, Winspear gives us all that we have come to expect and more. More time with our favorite characters, more insight into British society post-World War I, and more of Maisie as she struggles to make her way in the world and to always do what is right by those whom she loves. A wonderful new addition to this beloved series."

by Cheryl Strayed
wild Deborah, at Oregon's own Waucoma Bookstore, writes: "The inspiring story of Strayed's solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail snags you from the beginning and keeps you engaged the whole way through. It was a bold move considering that she had no backpacking experience prior to her trip, but in the years following her mother's death and the subsequent dissolution of her family, Strayed was no stranger to bold moves. The challenges, both external and internal, that she endures while on the trail are balanced with stories about her life leading up to her brave decision to hike alone for months in the rugged Western wilderness. This is a story of survival in every sense of the word, and one that will stick with you long after you finish reading." Now in paperback!

Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
Sarah, at The Tattered Cover, writes of this novel: "In 1962, a young Italian innkeeper unwittingly ends up taking part in the Hollywood 'clean up' of a love affair on the set for the film Cleopatra. Fast forward to present day Los Angeles; Pasquale Tursi shows up at the studio of a legendary Hollywood producer to find out the fate of the actress he met so briefly, so long ago. The 'beautiful ruins' refer not only to the stunning descriptions of the Italian coastline, but also to the winding path a life can take and the sweet middle ground that we sometimes discover when our dreams don't pan out." Now in paperback! 

New Poetry Books  

In further celebration of National Poetry Month, here are some of the genre's latest releases:

Red Doc>
by Anne Carson
"Rarely do books of poetry get sequels, but the big collection of 2013 is sure to be Anne Carson's follow-up to her now-legendary Autobiography of Red, about the coming of age and erotic awakening of a (literal) boy-demon named Geryon. He is simply called 'G' in Red Doc>, which, in prose poems and blocky verse-strophes, takes him through today's complex, technologically infused world .... G observes the modern world as both citizen and stranger, wonderstruck, perplexed and disgusted by humanity .... [Carson] is justly famous and beloved, and her many fans are always clamoring for more. This book, especially, will set them on fire." -Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR

Alive at the Center
by Ooligan Press
The Pacific Northwest's vast and varied contemporary poetry scene is on display in Alive at the Center, a community-based anthology drawing from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. A collection of more than 200 poems from a wide spectrum of poets, "Alive at the Center" is a cultural snapshot, showcasing the best new and established voices from these three cities. Three poets from each city came together to recognize the best work of their peers, curating a collection that explores the atmosphere, beauty, complexity, and personality of the region.

Time of Grief
edited by Jeffrey Yang
This anthology of poems is divided into forty-nine days of mourning, reflecting a period of grieving as observed in Buddhist and Judaic traditions. Each day's reading consists of one or more poems by some of the world's most celebrated poets from diverse cultures and centuries, from classical times to today. Seventy-five writers from over twenty countries confront illness, loss, love lost, death and mortality, through moving requiems and lamentations, elegies and eulogies. Reaffirming poetry's ancient and intimate link with ritual, this collection opens up a calendrical, spiritual space for readers to experience bereavement as a means toward transformation.

The Ecopoetry Anthology
edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street
This is the authoritative collection of contemporary American poetry about nature and the environment--in all its glory and challenge. Iconic American poets like Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are followed by more modern poets like Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, and even more recent foundational work by poets like Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, and Muriel Rukeyser. With subtle discernment, the editors portray our country's rich heritage and dramatic range of writing about the natural world around us.