Karen and Jim Shepard Reading

Annie Bloom's is excited to host wife-and-husband author duo Karen and Jim Shepard.

Karen Shepard's new novel is The Celestials. In June of 1870, seventy-five Chinese laborers arrived in North Adams, Massachusetts, to work for Calvin Sampson, one of the biggest industrialists in that busy factory town. Except for the foreman, the Chinese didn’t speak English. They didn’t know they were strikebreakers. The eldest of them was twenty-two. Combining historical and fictional elements, The Celestials beautifully reimagines the story of Sampson’s “Chinese experiment” and the effect of the newcomers’ threatening and exotic presence on the New England locals. When Sampson’s wife, Julia, gives birth to a mixed-race baby, the infant becomes a lightning rod for the novel’s conflicts concerning identity, alienation, and exile.

Jim Shepard's latest, You Think That's Bad, is a wildly diverse collection of astonishingly observant stories. Like an expert curator, he populates the vastness of human experience—from its bizarre fringes and lonely, breathtaking pinnacles to the hopelessly mediocre and desperately below average—with brilliant scientists, reluctant soldiers, workaholic artists, female explorers, depraved murderers, and deluded losers, all wholly convincing and utterly fascinating.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
97219-2466 Portland
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The Celestials: A Novel By Karen Shepard Cover Image
$15.95
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ISBN: 9781935639558
Published: Tin House Books - June 11th, 2013

You Think That's Bad (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jim Shepard Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780307742148
Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Don't I Know You?: A Novel By Karen Shepard Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060782382
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 12th, 2007

Like You'd Understand, Anyway (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jim Shepard Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307277602
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2008