|April 1 is First Friday... No Foolin'!
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!
One lucky adult will win:
by Brian Doyle
And our kids prize is:
by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
|April 2016 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
Author Readings and Independent Bookstore Day
Linda Yoshida, Kristina McMorris, and Cathy Lamb
Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, April 5, 7pm [corrected date]
Banished Threads is the latest novel from Portland author Linda Yoshida, writing under the pen name Kaylin McFarren. A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths in this action-packed suspense novel. Reading with Yoshida will be her daughter, Kristina McMorris, author of The Edge of Lost, an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances. They will be joined in conversation by local writer Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend.
Danielle Dutton and Alexis Smith
Reading and Conversation
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm [corrected date]
Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through narrative time, this novel is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. Alexis Smith's Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30
Saturday, April 30, 2016 marks the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with scavenger hunts, a kids books recommendation station, and a poster where you can let us know which books have changed the way you see the world. Plus, you can join a national "tattoo chain" with free temporary literary tattoos. Annie Bloom's will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD, including literary tea towels, a signed limited edition pressing of Kate DiCamillo's new novel, Raymie Nightingale, and more!
This Is an Uprising
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm
From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to truly understand how social transformation happens.
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.
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Jennifer Oleinik at University Book Store in Seattle writes: "Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than "The Nest," a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles. Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves. Funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters, this book is a must read."
The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson
Valerie Koehler at Blue Window Bookshop in Houston, TX, writes: "Set in an East Sussex village in the summer before the tragedy of the First World War, Simonson's latest details a battle of wills between Agatha, Lady North, and the mayor's wife over the new Latin master--a woman!. Since readers know the horrors that lie ahead for England's young men, the story becomes more poignant as they move closer to their destinies. I loved it!"
by Lyndsay Faye
Rebecca Speas at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA, writes: "More than an utterly delightful and charmingly murderous retelling of Jane Eyre, Faye has spun a snappy, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece. One can't help but cheer on the tenacious Steele as she drinks, swears, stabs, and gallops her way through her quest to find love, home, and self, while stepping delicately over the bodies of her tormentors."
Lust & Wonder: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs
Susan Taylor at Market Block Books in Troy, NY, writes: "This is a love story as only Burroughs can tell it--the wrong lovers, the long-term relationship that turned out to be toxic, and the love that was staring him in the face all along. Roses and moonlight it is not, but the course of true love never does run smooth. I laughed, I cried--just read it!"
by Bill Beverly
Sheryl Cotleur at Copperfield's Books in Sebastopol, CA, writes: "Four young black men, following orders, leave their tightly bound South Central Los Angeles community and drive across the country to perform a hit to prevent a witness from testifying against their boss. In wide-open America, they are profoundly out of their comfort zone. Provocative, gripping, and timely, Dodgers is a riveting read that leaves a lasting impression."
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
I Am Radar
by Reif Larsen
Recommended in hardcover by Bill Carl at The Booksellers in Laurelwood, Memphis, TN.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson
Recommended in hardcover by Ann Carlson at Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC.
New in Poetry
Celebrate national Poetry Month with these and other fine books of verse:
This Present Moment
by Gary Snyder
Now out in paperback, this new collection of poems finds Snyder ranging over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine at Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out these poems as a map of the last decade. Placed side-by-side, they become a path and a trail of complexity and lyrical regard, a sort of riprap of the poet's eighth decade. Gary Snyder is one of the greatest American poets of the last century, and This Present Moment
shows his command, his broad range, and his remarkable courage.
by Helen Macdonald
Before she rose to international acclaim with her memoir H Is for Hawk
, Macdonald wrote this collection of poetry, now republished. In robust, lyrical verse, Shaler's Fish
roams both the outer and inner landscapes of the poet's universe, seamlessly fusing reflections on language, science, and literature, with the loamy environments of the natural worlds around her. Nothing escapes Macdonald's eye, and every creature herein--from the smallest bird to the loftiest thinker--holds a significant place in her poems.
The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses
edited by Cecily Parks
This is a unique anthology of poetry about the natural world that highlights the centrality of grassy places to the canon and to the human imagination. Here is a rich array of poets from around the world, including Virgil, T'ao Ch'ien, Basho, Andrew Marvell, Robert Burns, Victor Hugo, Christina Rossetti, Rainer Maria Rilke, Anna Akhmatova, Willa Cather, Ingeborg Bachmann, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Tomas Transtromer, Sherman Alexie, and Derek Walcott, in a dazzling celebration of our complicated relationship to the natural world.
Seeking the Cave
by James Lenfestey
Cold Mountain--the poet Lenfestey has come to see as a guiding light in his life--prompts him to travel to China on a pilgrim's search for his cave. Along the way, this quest takes our author first to Tokyo, where he visits with the foremost translator and scholar of eastern poetry, Burton Watson, and from there across China, from the enormous chanting hall of ten thousand Buddhas in Bailin Temple to the birthplace of Confucius. A singular combination of travel writing, memoir, translation, and poetry, Seeking the Cave
is both deeply personal and universally illuminating. Now out in paperback.