April 2020: Online Shopping Options, Streaming Author Readings, and New Poetry!

April 2020: Online Shopping Options, Streaming Author Readings, and New Poetry!
 
Bookshopping from home? We have options! Plus, check out some new and upcoming releases, read about our live stream author readings, and discover what's new in Poetry. But first....
 
Book Shopping Alternatives
 
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Here are some ways you can shop at Annie Bloom's without leaving the house:
 
• Order books through www.annieblooms.com. We offer several shipping and delivery options. Please see our website for the latest updates!
 
• Purchase audiobooks through Libro.fm. Their selection is amazing, and every purchase supports the indie bookstore of your choosing. You can purchase à la carte or by subscription. Switch from Audible for bonus audiobooks!
 
• Are you an ebook reader? Head over to Kobo, where your ebook purchases also support independent bookstores (including Annie Bloom's, of course).
 
Bookshop.org lets you order physical books online and have them shipped directly to you. A portion of all proceeds go to support indie bookstores, and you can choose to support Annie Bloom's specifically!
 
New Releases
 
These books are among the biggest new and upcoming releases!
by Jenn Reese
Out Today!
 
Portland author Jenn Reese explores the often thin line between magic and reality, light and darkness in her enchanting middle grade standalone. After an incident shatters their family, eleven-year old Samantha and her older sister Caitlin are sent to live in rural Oregon with an aunt they've never met. Sam wants nothing more than to go back to the way things were… before she spoke up about their father's anger. When Aunt Vicky gives Sam a mysterious card game called "A Game of Fox & Squirrels," Sam falls in love with the animal characters, especially the charming trickster fox, Ashander. Then one day Ashander shows up in Sam’s room and offers her an adventure and a promise: find the Golden Acorn, and Sam can have anything she desires. But the fox is hiding rules that Sam isn't prepared for, and her new home feels more tempting than she'd ever expected. As Sam is swept up in the dangerous quest, the line between magic and reality grows thin. If she makes the wrong move, she'll lose far more than just a game. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by C Pam Zhang
Out Now!
 
An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home. Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future. Both epic and intimate, blending Chinese symbolism and re-imagined history with fiercely original language and storytelling, How Much of These Hills Is Gold is a haunting adventure story, an unforgettable sibling story, and the announcement of a stunning new voice in literature. On a broad level, it explores race in an expanding country and the question of where immigrants are allowed to belong. But page by page, it's about the memories that bind and divide families, and the yearning for home. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by John Grisham
Out: April 28
 
Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen—even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime. Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island. Florida’s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm. The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head. Who would want Nelson dead? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson’s plot twists—and far more dangerous. Preorder Your Copy Here!
by Suzanne Collins
Out: May 19
 
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. Preorder Your Copy Here!
 
New Staff Reviews
 
Read up on some of the latest additions to our Staff Favorites table!
by David Shariatmadari
reviewed by Andy
 
A series of linked essays on different aspects of linguistics, this book doesn’t deliver just one truth about language. Each chapter debunks a common assumption about language; for instance, that the proper use of language is declining (spoiler: it can’t). The book as a whole is very readable and entertaining, presenting seemingly complicated, technical ideas in a lucid manner. A wealth of material is covered (etymology; phonetics; the social, psychological, cognitive and anatomical dimensions of language; translation) but all in a way that’s neither stuffy nor academic, but quite fun. You will also be introduced to some brilliant linguistic thinkers: Wittgenstein, Grice, Tomasello, Chomsky and others. A light read on a heavy topic. Read More on Our Website
by Kiley Reid
reviewed by Karen
 
Each of the characters in Such a Fun Age firmly believes his or her actions will provide the best outcome to a difficult situation. But ideations are colored by background and past experience showing that even people with the best of intentions can make an utter mess of things – especially where race is concerned. A wonderful debut novel – such fun to read! Read More on Our Website
 
Live Stream Author Readings
 
Join us live online for these April author events! Please see individual event pages for streaming links (some links to be posted soon).
Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege
Thursday, April 16, 7pm
 
The local author celebrates the 1-year anniversary of her essay collection, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. According to Prato, this live-streaming AV presentation will be "short, informative, and fun!" Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i was named one of the New York Times Best Summer Books of 2019. Liz Prato combines lyricism, research and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven with her personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai'i came to be, and what Hawai'i is at its core. More Info on Our Website
Willa's Grove
Monday, April 20, 7pm
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes Montana author Laura Munson for a live stream reading of her new novel, Willa's Grove. Willa Silvester is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what? Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt--and that's where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa's Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country. More Info on Our Website
St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking
Thursday, April 23, 7pm
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes back local author Dana Haynes for a live stream reading to celebrate the paperback release of his latest thriller, St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking. Michael Patrick Finnigan was a New York City cop and a US Marshal. Katalin Fiero Dahar was a soldier, spy, and assassin for Spain. Together, they created St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking, a largely illegal bounty hunting operation based in Cyprus and working throughout Europe. Someone is kidnapping Middle Eastern refugee children as they flee war-torn countries and selling them into prostitution around the world. Finnigan and Fiero get the assignment to track them down and save the refugees. The battle to stop the mass kidnappings ranges from Belgrade and Zagreb, to the Loire Valley and Milan, and to the plains of Kosovo. As Finnigan and Fiero close in, the conspirators realize that the judge of the ICC is the real threat and plan an assassination. Now the partners have to save their patron and the kidnapped refugees from a rogue military force with nothing left to lose. More Info on Our Website
Shadow Queene
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes back local author Kate Ristau to read from Shadow Queene, the long-awaited sequel to the enchanting dark fairy young adult novel, Shadow Girl. Just when her dreams are about to come true, Hennessey’s world is torn apart. She is dragged into the Shadowlands, while Áine is forced into the light. But in a world of magic and darkness, where the fae whither and monsters reign, Hennessey finds a power all her own. She embraces the shadows and enters the endless night.
 
New in Poetry
by Jane Hirshfield
 
Ledger's pages hold the most important and masterly work yet by Jane Hirshfield, one of our most celebrated contemporary poets. From the already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw"), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments. They call us to deepened dimensions of thought, feeling, and action. They summon our responsibility to sustain one another and the earth while pondering, acutely and tenderly, the crises of refugees, justice, and climate. They consider "the minimum mass for a whale, for a language, an ice cap," recognize the intimacies of connection, and meditate upon doubt and contentment, a library book with previously dog-eared corners, the hunger for surprise, and the debt we owe this world's continuing beauty. Hirshfield's signature alloy of fact and imagination, clarity and mystery, inquiry, observation, and embodied emotion has created a book of indispensable poems, tuned toward issues of consequence to all who share this world's current and future fate. Order Your Copy Here!
by Natalie Diaz
 
An anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden.” In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by William Evans
 
Evans embarks on a powerful new collection that explores the lived experience of race in the American suburbs and what dreams and injuries are passed from generation to generation. Fall under the spell of Evans’s boldly intimate, wise, and emotionally candid voice in these urgent, electrifying poems. This eloquent collection explores not only what these inheritances are composed of, but what price the bearer must pay for such legacies, and the costly tolls exacted on both body and spirit. Evans writes searingly from the perspective of the marginalized, delivering an unflinching examination of what it is like to be a black man raising a daughter in predominantly white spaces, and the struggle to build a home and a future while carrying the weight of the past. Order Your Copy Here!
by Carolyn Forché
 
Her first new collection in seventeen years, In the Lateness of the World is a tenebrous book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders but also between the present and the past, life and death. The poems call to the reader from the end of the world where they are sifting through the aftermath of history. Forché envisions a place where "you could see everything at once ... every moment you have lived or place you have been." The world here seems to be steadily vanishing, but in the moments before the uncertain end, an illumination arrives and "there is nothing that cannot be seen." In the Lateness of the World is a revelation from one of the finest poets writing today. Order Your Copy Here!
 
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Kobo eBooks
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Bookshop.org
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Street Books
 
Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library, serving people who live outside. Street Books strives to empower people on the streets through access to literature and create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books. Annie Bloom's Books is partnering with Street Books by offering 10% off books purchased for their wish list. To view that wish list and to find out more about Street Books, please see: Our Street Books Page
 
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