April 2018 Readings, New Poetry, First Friday, and More!

In This Issue:
First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Independent Bookstore Day
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Poetry
First Friday
April 6 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!  
One lucky adult will win:
Stray City
And our kids prize is:
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April 2018 Readings, New Poetry, First Friday, and More!
We've got some great events coming up, including Independent Bookstore Day! 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
Readings at Annie Blooms:
Kim Stafford and Alice Derry
Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 10, 7pm

Portland author Kim Stafford will be joined by Los Angeles poet Alice Derry. Stafford will read selections from his recently published series of chapbooks. Derry will read from her new poetry collection, Hunger, about which Molly Gloss writes: "Hunger is so beautiful, so dense with layers of meaning and the weight of the unspoken, so rich in its language and rhythm, that the book as a whole just frankly left me breathless. I know I will be returning to this book again and again, peeling back the layers."

Hilary Zaid
In Conversation with Willa Schneberg
Tuesday, May 1, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes Oakland author Hilary Zaid, whose debut novel is Paper Is White. Zaid will be in conversation with Portland poet Willa Schneberg. About Paper Is White: When Holocaust oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen's search for a blessing leads her into a complicated relationship with a wily survivor of the Kaunas Ghetto, a woman in search of a blessing of her own. Set in ebullient, 1990s Dot-com era San Francisco, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.

April Henry
Count All Her Bones
Thursday, May 10, 7pm

Neighborhood author April Henry will read from the paperback edition of her Young Adult thriller, Count All Her Bones, the sequel to Girl, Stolen. Six months ago, Griffin Sawyer meant to steal a car, but he never meant to steal the girl asleep in the backseat. Panicked, he took her home. His father, Roy, decided to hold Cheyenne--who is blind--for ransom. Griffin helped her escape, and now Roy is awaiting trial. As they prepare to testify, Griffin and Cheyenne reconnect and make plans to meet. But the plan goes wrong and Cheyenne gets captured by Roy's henchmen--this time for the kill. Can Cheyenne free herself? And is Griffin a pawn or a player in this deadly chase?

Ellen Notbohm
The River by Starlight
Thursday, May 24, 7pm

The Portland writer will read from her debut novel, The River by Starlight, a sweeping century-old tale of passionate love, unimaginable loss, resilience, and redemption embodied in one woman's tenacious quest for self-determination in the face of devastating misfortune and social injustice. Based on true events revealed through more than a decade of research, The River by Starlight explores a history rarely seen in fiction. Its themes of women's mental health, gender inequity, climate disaster and economic boom-and-bust remain powerfully and painfully relevant today.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 28, 2018 marks the fourth annual Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with fun activities for kids and adults. We will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD, including a onesie inspired by Dragons Love Tacos.

We're also very excited to announce a slew of local authors joining us for pop-up readings, including: kids' lit authors Tracy Ludwig and Michelle Roehm McCann; YA authors Tina Connolly, Ruth Tenzer Feldman, and Jenn Reese; mystery writers Cindy Brown, Lisa Alber, Warren Easley, and Phil Margolin; an afternoon of nonfiction featuring Edward Hershey, Carl Wolfson, and Jacqueline Keeler; short story authors Alex Behr and Liz Prato; plus Tracy Manaster, Tim Schell, April Henry, and Laura Stanfill, owner of neighborhood publisher Forest Avenue Press. More details to come!
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 Christine Mangan

"Tangerine is one of the best debut novels I've read in a long time. Thanks to her exquisite writing, Christine Mangan manages to create a lush, vivid picture of Tangier in the 1950s and bring to life a complicated and very dark friendship between two young women. Lucy and Alice are former college roommates whose relationship has long since gone sour. When they reunite in Tangier, Mangan milks the delicious tension for all it's worth and brings their story to a shocking conclusion. This book is an absolute stunner!" -Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

The Italian Teacher
by Tom Rachman

"The same kinds of beautifully drawn, charming-but-flawed characters that made The Imperfectionists so wonderful also fill this novel, which follows Pinch (aka Charles), the son of famed painter Bear Bavinsky, as he grows up and struggles to make a name for himself. The book begins with Pinch and his mother, a failed potter, living in Rome in the 1950s in the shadow of Bear's celebrity and forceful personality. With evocative descriptions of the various cities in which it's set, The Italian Teacher is perfect for readers who want to be drawn into the lives of vivid characters and explore the meaning of art, family, and one's personal legacy." -Laura Tischler, Solid State Books, Washington, D.C.

I Was Anastasia
by Ariel Lawhon

"By far the best historical fiction title I've read in a long time! Not only is the story historically accurate, but the way it unfolds is unique and significantly adds to the plot and character development. Even though most readers today probably know how the book ends before they even start it, Ariel Lawhon's masterful storytelling will leave you cheering for or jeering at one of the Anastasias--which one is up to you!" -Kari Erpenbach, University of Minnesota Bookstores, Minneapolis, MN

by Charles Frazier

"In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller, Charles Frazier brings to life Varina Howell Davis, the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Varina is told in two voices: Varina's and Jimmie Limber's, the black boy she raises as a son and is forced to abandon as she and her children flee Richmond while the Confederacy crumbles. When Jimmie and Varina reunite years later and relive the cataclysmic events of the war years, they examine the morality and consequences of Varina's--and a nation's--choices. As great literature often does, this novel forced me to look at my own actions and attitudes with a more critical eye." -Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

The Overstory
by Richard Powers

"The Overstory, which contains an energy like that of the trees that link its intertwining stories, is nothing short of stunning. Such links between the human and non-human are mostly hidden to us, but only because we tend not to look very closely (or prefer not to see). Powers' most beautiful sentences are also the most devastating, which hints at the novel's hope that death - whether of a person or a plant - is never quite the end that it seems. Until, that is, we look, or prefer, finally, to see. As we are instructed near the novel's end, 'What you make from a tree should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down.' Plainly put: The Overstory is perhaps as close to such a miracle as we currently deserve." -Brad Johnson, East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, CA

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

The Force
by Don Winslow

Recommended in hardcover by Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ

Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
Recommended in hardcover by Steven Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
New in Poetry  
Celebrate national Poetry Month with these new books of verse:
The Undressing
by Li-Young Lee
The Undressing is a tonic for spiritual anemia; it attempts to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world. Short of achieving that end, these mysterious, unassuming poems investigate the human violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors the poet grew up with as a child of refugees. Lee draws from disparate sources, including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing, and the music of the Wu Tang Clan. While the ostensive subjects of these layered, impassioned poems are wide-ranging, their driving engine is a burning need to understand our collective human mission.

by Matthew Dickman
Local poet Matthew Dickman returns with a collection that engages the traces of his own living past, suffusing these poems with ghosts of longing, shame, and vulnerability. In the southeast Portland neighborhood of Dickman's youth, parents are out of control and children are in chaos. With grief, anger, and, ultimately, understanding, Dickman confronts a childhood of ambient violence, well-intentioned but warped family relations, confining definitions of identity, and the deprivation of this particular Portland neighborhood in the 1980s. Wonderland reminds us that, while these neighborhoods are filled with guns, skateboards, fights, booze, and heroin, and home to punk rockers, skinheads, poor kids, and single moms, they are also places of innocence and love.

Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism
edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan
What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets--to be released as a handbound chapbook--has grown into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women's resistance, with a portion of proceeds supporting Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Representing the complexity and diversity of contemporary womanhood and bolstering the fight against racism, sexism, and violence, this collection unites powerful new writers, performers, and activists with established poets. Contributors include Denice Frohman, Elizabeth Acevedo, Sandra Beasley, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Danielle Chapman, Tyehimba Jess, Kimberly Johnson, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Maureen N. McLane, Joyce Peseroff, Mary Ruefle, Trish Salah, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker.

A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry
by Gregory Orr
This book guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while also introducing the art in an exciting new way. Using such poems as Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" and Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays," the Primer encourages young writers to approach their "thresholds"--those places where disorder meets order, where shaping imagination can turn language into urgent and persuasive poems. It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four forces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forebears.