April 2015 Readings, New Poetry, First Friday, and More!

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First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Poetry

First Friday

April 3 is First Friday!


Come visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.


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


Our prizes this month celebrate the natural world. One lucky adult will win:

Through the Seasons with Dulcy 

by Ted Mahar


And our kids prize is: 

Stick and Stone 

by Beth Ferry & Tom Lichtenheld

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April 2015 Readings, New Poetry, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great events coming up! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And help celebrate National Poetry Month with a new book of verse. Drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings & Events
April Readings and Independent Bookstore Day

Gary Ferguson
The Carry Home
Tuesday, April 14, 7pm

NPR commentator Gary Ferguson's new memoir, The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness, is a haunting meditation on wilderness, conservation, and grief. Kirkus Reviews calls it "A sprawling, lovely, nourishing tonic for all those who dip into it." Publishers Weekly, meanwhile describes it as "a memoir that doubles as an intensely personal, sweet, and melancholy love song to his lost beloved and to the wild places of America. As in the best nature writing, the human experience becomes infinitesimally small and yet paramount, the "mythical shining through the mundane." And The LA Times says it's "a big-hearted, soul-searching memoir about grief and ritual and identity."

Patrice Vecchione
Step Into Nature
Thursday, April 16, 7pm

Step outside your door and reconnect with nature. This guide will replenish your connection to the earth and inspire you to develop and strengthen your imagination. The natural world has inspired artists, seekers, and thinkers for millennia, but in recent times, as the pace of life has sped up, its demands have moved us indoors. Vecchione demonstrates how nature can support and enhance your creative output, invigorate your curiosity, and restore your sense of connection to and love of the earth. Included throughout the book is "The Cabinet of Curiosities," exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways to stimulate your imagination, deepen your relationship with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity and the natural world.

Karl Edwards
at The Craft Factory
Saturday, April 18, 10am

A charming read-aloud picture book about learning to be yourself, filled with movement and including a page with fun facts about bugs! Fly can't wiggle like a worm. He can't jump like a grasshopper. And he can't swing like a spider.
Don't give up, Fly! Keep trying, and with a little help from your garden friends, you'll find your own special talent. From acclaimed Portland illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards, this is a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove!

Jill Kelly
When Your Mother Doesn't
Tuesday, April 21, 7pm

Nearly three decades of secrets lie between Lola Ashby and the two girls she reluctantly raised. Now, badgered by the one father figure she respects, older daughter Frankie agrees to drive from Portland to visit her ailing mother, Lola, who abandoned her and her adopted sister, Callie, when they were in high school. When Callie announces she's moving her fashion model career to LA from the East Coast, Frankie guilt-trips her sister into meeting up in the Idaho panhandle for a family reunion to dilute the impact of their mother's indifference. However, on Frankie's first night on the road, the trip gets more complicated when a well-dressed elderly woman at a rest stop dumps a young boy in her lap with a request to take him on to Montana. And Callie's exit from Pittsburgh is fraught with its own shady and violent difficulties. Meanwhile, Lola strengthens her resolve to keep the past and the secrets where they belong.

Chris Scofield
The Shark Curtain
Thursday, April 23, 7pm

Set against the changing terrain of middle-class values and the siren calls of art and puberty, The Shark Curtain invites us into Lily Asher's wonderful, terrible world. The older of two girls growing up in suburban Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1960s, her inner life stands in quirky contrast to the loving but dysfunctional world around her. Often misunderstood by her flawed but well-intentioned parents, teenage Lily orbits their tumultuous love affair, embracing what embraces her back: the ghost of her drowned dog, a lost aunt, numbers, shoe boxes, werewolves, rituals, and stories she pens herself (including one about a miscarried sibling she dubs "Frog Boy"). With "regular" visits from a wisecracking Jesus, an affectionate but combative friendship is born--a friendship that strains Lily's grasp of reality as much as her patience.

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, May 2

Saturday, May 2, 2015 marks the inaugural Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with hourly drawings, scavenger hunts for kids and adults, and snacks and beverages. Plus, we'll be partnering with our next-door neighbors The Craft Factory, who will offer book-themed craft sessions and story times. Anni Bloom's will also be selling unique literary items created exclusively for IBD, including Roxanne Gay signed chapbooks, literary tea towel sets, Guess How Much I Love Reading onesies, signed Captain Underpants prints, and other super cool pieces.
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 the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for April.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris

David at Common Good Books in St. Paul, MN, writes: "Norris takes the reader on a delightful tour of the offices of The New Yorker, the history of Noah Webster and his dictionary descendents, the city of Cleveland, and the hyphen in Moby-Dick. Between You & Me is a sprightly--not 'spritely,' thank you--gambol in the fields of grammar, and I enjoyed every step."

The Children's Crusade
by Ann Packer

Carson at Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT, writes: "Doctor Bill Blair and his wife, Penny, built a home in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. But Penny grows resentful of her role as a wife and mother. Thirty years later, the lives of the three oldest Blair children are in upheaval when the black sheep of the family returns and forces them all to confront their past."

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson

Ann at Waterfront Books in Georgetown, SC, writes: "This book both fascinated and terrified me with its insights into the increasing outrage to be found on social media and how careers and even lives can be quickly ruined by public forums. Not only will I recommend this book, but I will also ask people to come back and tell me what they think about the questions that are raised. This is a dialogue that needs to happen!"

The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle

Marnie at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC, writes: "This novel addresses two difficult and timely topics: gun violence and society's treatment of the mentally ill. The Stensons are faced with balancing their love for their unstable adult son and the safety of others as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and threatening. Boyle is a masterful storyteller and this is his best book yet."

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter
by Nina MacLaughlin

Barbara at Fact & Fiction in Missoula, MT, writes: "After 10 years working as a journalist, Nina knew she needed a career change. After replying to a Craigslist ad seeking a carpenter's assistant, Nina's mentor, Mary, transforms her from desk sitter to desk maker. Hammer Head not only shows readers how Nina become a carpenter, but also that she can still work wonders with her words."

Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback: 

The Plover
by Brian Doyle

Recommended in hardcover by Alden at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT

by Lily King

Recommended in hardcover by Katie at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN 

New in Poetry  

Celebrate national Poetry Month with these and other fine books of verse:
The Complete Poetry
by Maya Angelou
Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer's remarkable life. Every poetic phrase, every poignant verse can be found within the pages of this sure-to-be-treasured volume--from her reflections on African American life and hardship to her "On the Pulse of Morning" tribute at President Clinton's inauguration. This collection also includes the never-before-published poem "Amazement Awaits," commissioned for the 2008 Olympic Games.

From the New World: Poems 1976-2014
by Jorie Graham
Much awaited and long needed, this sequence of poems from Graham's prior eleven books offers more than a retrospect of this major poet's work. This selection, including several revised and new poems, creates a startlingly fresh trajectory through books whose brilliance and far-reaching innovations have significantly influenced the landscape of contemporary poetry. Graham's unique achievement is surprisingly recast in this illuminating new book, in which the concerns of the later work are seen already urgently pressing in the earliest. From the New World--part spiritual autobiography, part survival manual--tracks what it is to attempt wakefulness in this moment of human history.

Lines of Defense
by Stephen Dunn
In his seventeenth collection of poetry, Pulitzer Prize winner Dunn confronts the lines we fight against and the ones we draw for ourselves. Lines of Defense poignantly captures the absurdities of modern life, expectations derailed, the lived life juxtaposed to the imagined life, and the defenses we don to make do. These poems are wry and elegiac, precisely observed and wide-reaching. As with the best of Dunn's work, they take stock of the quotidian aspects of life, of the essential comedy of getting through the day: finding a lost cat; not being invited to a party; taking a granddaughter to a carnival. The lines of defense are the lines of the verse itself, as poetry forms a stronghold against mortality. This essential volume showcases a poet writing at the height of his powers.

The Beauty
by Jane Hirschfield
This incandescent new collection comes from one of American poetry's most distinctive and essential voices. Hirshfield's lines cut, as always, directly to the heart of human experience. Her robust affirmation of choice even amid inevitability, her tender consciousness of the unjudging beauty of what exists, her abiding contemplation of our moral, societal, and biological intertwinings, sustain poems that tune and retune the keys of a life. For this poet, "Zero Plus Anything Is a World." Hirshfield's riddling recipes for that world ("add salt to hunger"; "add time to trees") offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives' losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss.

Deep Lane
by Mark Doty
Doty's poetry has long been celebrated for its risk and candor, an ability to find transcendent beauty even in the mundane and grievous, an unflinching eye that, as Philip Levine says, looks away from nothing. In the poems of Deep Lane the stakes are higher: there is more to lose than ever before, and there is more for us to gain. This is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker aboveground: gardens and animals, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word. Ranging from agony to rapture, from great depths to hard-won heights, these are poems of grace and nobility.