Reading: Joe Ponepinto and Connie Hampton Connally

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Northwest authors Joe Ponepinto and Connie Hampton Connally to read from their new novels.

Joe Ponepinto's Mr. Neutron:

In the smallish American city of Grand River, things are not so grand. The river is hopelessly polluted. City officials are in the pockets of oligarchs. And its best hope for meaningful change is a platitude-spouting eight-foot giant named Reason Wilder running for mayor. Gray Davenport, a veteran political operative, isn't faring much better than his hometown. His wife is about to leave him. He's working for a mayoral candidate who has no chance to win and who can't even pay for Gray's services. When Gray notices that Reason may not be human, Gray embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about Reason's mysterious origins, and the truth promises to change Grand River and Gray forever. A satirical mashup of Frankenstein and Veep, Mr. Neutron is a hilarious genre-bender that speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics today.

Connie Hampton Connally's The Songs We Hide:

In 1951, a grim hush has settled over Hungary. After a lost war and a brutal transition to communism, the people live under constant threat of blacklisting, property confiscation, arrest, imprisonment, and worse. In this milieu of dread, the best land of Péter Benedek's peasant family is seized and his life upended. Moving to Budapest for a manual labor job, Péter meets Katalin Varga, an unwed mother whose baby's father has vanished, most likely at the hands of the secret police. Both Péter and Katalin keep their heads down and their mouths clamped shut, because silence is the only safety they know. The two have something in common besides fear: they are singers whose very natures make the silence unbearable. When Katalin starts giving Péter voice lessons, they take an intrepid step out of hiding by making music together. Little by little they tell each other what they cannot tell others. In their bond of trust, they find relief and unexpected happiness. Yet the hurts and threats in their lives remain, waiting. As harsh reality assaults them again, is hope even possible? Facing their hardest trials yet, Péter and Katalin learn to carve dignity and beauty out of pain.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Mr. Neutron Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780998409245
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: 7.13 Books - January 9th, 2018

The Songs We Hide Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781603816311
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffeetown Press - April 17th, 2018