April 2014 Author Readings, New Poetry, and More

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In This Issue:
First Friday
End of the Alphabet
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Poetry Books

First Friday

April 4 is First Friday!


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away a great prize for our  drawing. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


Our adult prize will be an autographed copy of:  

Worthy Brown's Daughter 

by Phillip Margolin


The winner of the kids' drawing will get:

  Hello, My Name Is Octicorn

by Kevin Diller,

plus an Octicorn pillow!


While you're in the Village, visit our neighborhood candy store, Hattie's(formerly Sweets, Etc.), and fill your Easter baskets with  chocolatey goodness!

The End of the Alphabet

Authors whose last names begin with a 'W' or a 'Z' often go unnoticed. Our latest theme section will save you from sitting on the floor in order to browse the books from the bottom shelves. 

Going Clear
by Lawrence Wright
A Brilliant Novel in the Works
by Yuvi Zalkow

Artisan Jewish Deli
by Nick Zukin & Michael Zusman

by Lindsey Yankey
Hold Fast to Dreams
by Beth Zasloff & Joshua Steckel 
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April 2014 Author Readings, New Poetry, and More

We've got lots of great readings on this month's calendar! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And celebrate National Poetry Month with new books of verse. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Author Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Floyd Skloot
Wednesday, April 2, 7pm
Skloot's recollections of a strange, spinning world prompt musings on the forces of uncertainty, change, and displacement that have shaped him from childhood to late middle age, repeatedly knocking him awry, realigning his hopes and plans, even his perceptions. From the volatile forces of his mercurial, shape-shifting early years to his obsession with reading, acting, and writing, from the attack of vertigo to a trio of post-vertigo (but nevertheless dizzying) journeys to Spain and England, and even to a place known only in his mother's unhinged fantasies, Skloot makes sense of a life's phantasmagoric unpredictability.

Lisa Alber
Kilmoon: A County Clare Mystery
Friday, April 4, 6:30pm
Multnomah Village's own Lisa Alber celebrates the release of her debut mystery, Kilmoon, with a party at O'Connor's Vault. Cake, snacks, and an Irish Goody Basket Giveaway! And Annie Bloom's will be on hand to sell books. In Kilmoon, Californian Merrit Chase is desperate to mend her troubled past. She travels to Ireland to meet her father, Liam, a celebrated matchmaker. Why has Merrit's arrival triggered a rising tide of violence that includes murder? Most of all, what lurks beneath Liam's charismatic smile? As Merrit circles ever closer to the truth that emanates from Kilmoon's grounds, she discovers just how far she and others will go to get what they want. The truth isn't what it seems, and only her father understands how vengeance can strike from beyond the grave.

Ted Mahar
Back in the Garden with Dulcy
Sunday, April 6, 2pm


Using humor and charm as she shared her weekly triumphs and humiliating mistakes, Dulcy always reassured her readers that it was okay. "As a gardener, I learn by trial and error, and error, and error," she blithely confessed. Dulcy's column ran for more than twenty-two years, showing her readers there was adventure and beauty in their own backyards. Her columns were packed with solidly researched direction and knowledge sprinkled with wit. Her fan base ranged from beginners to master gardeners. When Dulcy died of ovarian cancer in July 2011, devoted readers begged for her column to be reprinted. Through Dulcy's editor, they urged her husband, Ted, to write a book.


Amy Schutzer 

Spheres of Disturbance 

Wednesday, April 16, 7pm


Helen is dying. Helen is choosing to die. Over the course of one day in 1985, those who surround her--among them her daughter, an art thief, a high-strung housewife and crochet artist, a lesbian poet, and a pregnant Vietnamese pot-bellied pig--grapple with her impending end. In nine revolving points of view, they resist or accept, impact or impede the trajectories of Helen's death in the world around them, tracing the mark of a culture that tries, desperately and impossibly, to deny death. By turns haunting, sensual, and brilliantly cunning, Spheres of Disturbance explores how we can bear to approach, or even choose, our inevitable end.  


Fancy Nancy Story Hour & Songs!

Saturday, April 19, 10am


Oregon Children Theater's "Fancy Nancy: The Musical" opens May 10, but you can meet Nancy in person before that. Put on your most exquisite ensemble, and get ready for an hour of fancy fun, as Nancy shares a song or two as well as some secrets to her very special flair. We'll also have readings from some of your favorite Fancy Nancy stories, a chance to win tickets to the show, and vouchers for free Cupcake Jones cupcakes!  


Justin Go
The Steady Running of the Hour
Monday, May 5, 7pm
This novel unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century. In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson--whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.
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 all the picks for April. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website): 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
Daniel at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee writes: "Fikry is a bookseller in a sleepy island resort town off the coast of Massachusetts. His wife has recently died and his prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane, has gone missing. Zevin's novel is a romantic comedy and a spiritual journey. It's a celebration of books and the people who read them, write them, and sell them."

The Plover
by Brian Doyle
Alden at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT, writes: "A solitary sea journey for an epically disillusioned man evolves into a rousing adventure tale. Lyrical and literate, this novel is as much a love story dedicated to the sea as it is an exciting and ultimately moving human drama."

Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue
Kat at Bookshop Santa Cruz writes: "This vivid, atmospheric crime novel brings to life the roiling streets of San Francisco just after the Gold Rush. The story of Blanche and her murdered friend, Jenny, which is based on true events, has a frantic pulse that makes it hard to put down." 

And the Dark Sacred Night
by Julia Glass
Anderson at Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL, writes: "Glass gives readers another all-consuming novel, this time centered around Malachy Burns, the journalist who made a profound impact on Three Junes' beloved protagonist, Fenno McLeod. Beautifully told, this is an immensely satisfying tale of family secrets, hidden truths, and personal discovery." 

And check out these former Indie Next picks, now out in paperback:

The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout

by Mary Roach

Leaving Everything Most Loved
by Jacqueline Winspear

New Poetry Books  

In celebration of National Poetry Month, here are some of the genre's latest releases:

His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute
by Maya Angelou
Angelou delivers an authentically heartfelt and elegant tribute to Mandela, who stood as David to the mighty Goliath of Apartheid and who, after twenty-seven years of unjust imprisonment on the notorious Robben Island, emerged with "His stupendous heart intact / His gargantuan will / Hale and hearty" to lead his people into a new era. This poignant work of gratitude and remembrance offers condolences to the resilient people of South Africa on the loss of their beloved "Madiba" and celebrates a man like no other, whose life and work changed the world.

For All of Us, One Today
by Richard Blanco
This is a fluid, poetic account of Blanco's life-changing experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013. In this brief and evocative narrative, he shares the story of the call from the White House committee and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. For the first time, he reveals the inspiration and challenges--including his experiences as a Latino immigrant and gay man--behind the creation of the inaugural poem, "One Today," as well as two other poems commissioned for the occasion ("Mother Country" and "What We Know of Country"), published here for the first time ever, alongside translations of all three of those poems into his native Spanish.

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry
edited by Anthony and Ben Holden
In this fascinating anthology, one hundred men--distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theater and human rights--confess to being moved to tears by poems that continue to haunt them. Representing twenty nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s, the majority are public figures not prone to crying. Here they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves. From J. J. Abrams to John le Carre, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave, Billy Collins to Stephen Fry, Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth, and Seamus Heaney to Christopher Hitchens, this collection delivers private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.

Moon Before Morning
by W.S. Merwin
An elaboration and response to his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shadow of Sirius, Merwin examines everything from minute flowers to oceanic destruction, and weaves our complex relationship with the natural world with his own youth, memory, and intense engagement with the passing of days. With considered reverence, subtle might, and generous poetic imagination, Merwin presents a masterful and gorgeous collection. W.S. Merwin is one of the country's best-selling poets. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States, and his three most recent poetry collections each received a major award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bobbitt Award from the Library of Congress.