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Livestream Reading: Jason Tanamor with Grace Talusan

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland author Jason Tanamor for a livestream reading from his latest novel, Vampires of Portlandia. He will be in conversation with Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucOCvrDgvGta4PQlWSHUxRitfiVA4ioi3 About Vampires of Portlandia: When Marcella Leones relocates her family of aswang vampires from the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, she raises her grandchildren under strict rules so humans will not expose them. Her only wish is to give them a peaceful life, far away from the hunters and the Filipino government that attempted to exterminate them. Before she dies, she passes on the power to her eldest grandchild, Percival. He vows to uphold the rules set forth by Leones, allowing his family to roam freely without notice. After all, they are…

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Livestream Reading: Marlena Fiol and Sherry Belul

Choosing Compassion over Fear: Celebrating World Kindness Day Annie Bloom’s welcomes Marlena Fiol and Sherry Belul for a conversation and readings from their new books. We all have an equal capacity to harm or to heal. Confronted by our current challenges, will we choose to shut down in fear and anger, or will we reach out with kindness and compassion? Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-ytqDIvEtbtp3tgHxV5pGb4RWMAlq1O Celebrated scholar, speaker, and author Marlena Fiol shares an up close & personal look into one person’s journey from fear and anger to compassion. Her book, Nothing Bad Between Us, reveals her deeply personal story about growing up on a leprosy compound in Paraguay, South America, with a father who was both a generous, dedicated healer and a brutal disciplinarian. After escaping…

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Livestream Reading: Ellen Michaelson with Natalie Serber

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland author Ellen Michaelson for a livestream reading from her debut novel, The Care of Strangers. She will be in conversation with fellow Portland writer Natalie Serber, author of Community Chest. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdOGvpzktHNUZ-aF_D6euq8AY-lWb8C1d About The Care of Strangers: Winner of the 2019 Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize, The Care of Strangers is a moving story about friendship set in a gritty Brooklyn hospital, where a young woman learns to take charge of her life by taking care of others. Working as an orderly in a gritty Brooklyn public hospital, Sima is often reminded by her superiors that she’s the least important person there. An immigrant who, with her mother, escaped vicious anti-Semitism in Poland, she spends her shifts transporting patients, observing…

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Livestream Reading: Ashley Sweeney with Ellen Notbohm

Annie Bloom’s Books welcomes Washington author Ashley Sweeney for a livestream reading from her new novel, Answer Creek. Ashley will be in conversation with Portland author Ellen Notbohm, who previously read at Annie Bloom’s from her novel The River by Starlight. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcuqtqD4jGtYlb_6pMELJC-HAaykPI6aX About Ashley Sweeney’s Answer Creek: From the award-winning author of Eliza Waite comes a gripping tale of adventure and survival based on the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party on their 2,200-mile trek on the Oregon-California Trail from 1846 to ’47. Nineteen-year-old Ada Weeks confronts danger and calamity along the hazard-filled journey to California. After a fateful decision that delays the overlanders more than a month, she––along with eighty-one other members of the Donner Party––finds herself stranded at Truckee Lake…

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Livestream Reading: Lois Ruskai Melina with Paulann Petersen

Annie Bloom’s Books welcomes Portland author Lois Ruskai Melina for a livestream reading from her new book, The Grammar of Untold Stories. She will be in conversation with local poet Paulann Petersen. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcOCrpzIpGtIjz9Ypbp_N1neHXcg-1n0C Lois Ruskai Melina‘s The Grammar of Untold Stories, sixteen essays––ranging from lyric essays to narrative journalism––address how we make sense of what we cannot know, how we make change in the world, how we heal, and how we know when we are home. Collectively, these essays convey the longing for agency and connection, particularly among women. They will resonate with readers of all ages, but perhaps especially with women in the second half of life, those dealing with aging parents, retirement, illness, and accompanying vulnerabilities. Here readers will find comfort…

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Livestream Reading: David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland authors David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka for a livestream reading and conversation about their new books. Signed copies of both books are available! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuCuqj8vG92lnXWQqd8GA8L86yBLrlOH (Please note the new date of 10/27/20; this event was originally scheduled for 10/22.) About David Biespiel’s A Place of Exodus: Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. He creates a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet…

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Livestream Reading: Scott Nadelson: One of Us

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Oregon author Scott Nadelson for a livestream reading from his new story collection, One of Us. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcOGvqTIvEtWX4PuIh8_hMFqcDFZ5rNeP Signed copies will be available! The stories in Scott Nadelson’s One Of Us explore the tension between groups and individuals, the allure of tribalism, the claustrophobia of belonging, and the alienation that comes with separation. They range from autobiographical to historical and roam temporally and geographically, chronicling, among others, an encounter between the sculptor Louise Nevelson and the anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand C line; a synagogue congregation facing ongoing public scandal; a comedy improv troupe trying to cross the threshold from amateur to professional; and a young man navigating the competing pulls of adventure and domestic bliss at the cusp of the new…

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Livestream Reading: Charles Souby: A View from the Borderline

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Hawaii-based author Charles Souby for a livestream reading from his new collection of stories, A View from the Borderline. Personalized signed copies are available to order! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkd-yqrD0pH9LTrFXO4AdT_nXFcFS34gn_ A View from the Borderline is a collection of short fiction by Charles Souby that runs the gamut from dark and gritty satire to sweet and serious love. This volume includes a man plotting to poison a park full of pigeons to frame a bothersome old lady; a high school delinquent who falls for a dispossessed girl about to be shipped off to an asylum and a rave promoters’ diabolical plot to abduct mindless teenagers for unthinkable purposes. Stories in this collection have appeared in the Saturday Evening Post Online, E-Fiction Magazine and…

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Livestream Reading: Joanna Rose with Stevan Allred

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland author Joanna Rose for a livestream reading from her new novel, A Small Crowd of Strangers, from Southwest Portland publisher Forest Avenue Press. She will be joined in conversation by fellow local author Stevan Allred. Thursday, October 8, 7pm Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-Csrz0sGd2GhOiYz3EhHzd_eLcF47wM Signed copies available soon! About the book: How does a librarian from New Jersey end up in a convenience store on Vancouver Island in the middle of the night, playing Bible Scrabble with a Korean physicist and a drunk priest? She gets married to the wrong man for starters–she didn’t know he was ‘that kind of Catholic’–and ends up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She gets a job in a New Age bookstore, wanders toward Buddhism without realizing it, and…

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Livestream Reading: Richard Kreitner: Break It Up

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Richard Kreitner for a livestream reading from his book Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlcuCgrDwvHtCBF4UKjxc1r-i0WPjZ-PzV From journalist and historian Richard Kreitner, a “powerful revisionist account” of the most persistent idea in American history: these supposedly United States should be broken up (Eric Foner). The novel and fiery thesis of Break It Up is simple: The United States has never lived up to its name—and never will. The disunionist impulse may have found its greatest expression in the Civil War, but as Break It Up shows, the seduction of secession wasn’t limited to the South or the nineteenth century. It was there at our founding and has never gone away. With a scholar’s…

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