Criminalization of the mentally ill

Few people know as much about unfair treatment of the mentally ill as author Pete Earley who will be in town next month to discuss Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. His visit is cosponsored by Avalon Housing and the National Alliance on Mental Health. Earley is a former Washington Post reporter. His book tells the story of his mentally ill son Mike, and also profiles what happens to mentally ill inmates in places including the Miami-Dade County Jail. In addition to his Avalon Housing appearance Nov. 4, Earley will speak at the Mallets Creek branch of the library 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 5.

Join us for the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks!

Join us Downtown at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, for the premiere of Ann Arbor Cooks, our new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes. On hand to introduce this new service will be the nationally-known (and always enjoyable!) heirloom cooking experts from New England, Marilynn and Sheila Brass, authors of Heirloom Baking with the Brass Sisters. This delightful evening includes a demonstration of Ann Arbor Cooks, a discussion of heirloom baking by the Brass sisters, and refreshments made by the Washtenaw County Historical Society from heirloom recipes. The Brass sisters will also sign their book, for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Alexander's No Good, Very Bad Return Home, Turned Out Quite Good, and Not So Bad After All

The author of the famous children's book Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, Judith Viorst, has written a new book about her son's return home with his wife and three children. The book is titled Alexander and the wonderful, marvelous, excellent, terrific ninety days : an almost completely honest account of what happened to our family when our youngest son, his wife, their baby, their toddler, and their five year old came to live with us for three months, which gives you a sense of the humorous slant she plans to take. Check out this article in the NY Times to learn more about the book and Ms. Viorst's real life as the grandmother who banned Play-Doh, painting supplies and even glue from her house.

Kafka and Comics

In Kafka's The Trial, Josef K. finds himself the subject of undefined charges by an authority that is also never clearly defined. It is now 1986 and the accused 'K.' is in America for The Appeal. The great Will Eisner has added an interesting twist to the story--the judge is now the defendant. Eisner has a wonderful technique for flashbacks and the outcome of the new "trial" is priceless.
Peter Kuper has also done a wonderful job interpreting The Metamorphosis and Give It Up!:and other short stories. His black and white drawings, reminiscent of woodcut prints, result in a noisy, in your face, American take on German Expressionism.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (10/28/07)

Ken Follett arrived on the bestseller scene back in 1978 with Eye of the Needle. In his own words, Follett recalls it "did well all over the world". His latest bestseller is World without End and it enters the List right at the top.

And just today in USA Today online I read this announcement:
"Ken Follett will write The Century Triology, to cover three generations of families during tumultuous times in history. The first book in the trilogy, which Dutton will publish in hardcover in 2010, will take place before and up to World War I. Book 2, set to be published in 2012, will encompass World War II, and Book 3, due out in 2014, will conclude during the Cold War."

The other new entries are The Gift by Richard Paul Evans and Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson.

Click here for a look at the rest of the List.

Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution

On October 23rd, 1956, Hungarian students and workers began their protest and demostrations against the Soviet installed government. Although they were able to mobilize many people, the uprising was crushed by Soviet forces by November 4th. Still, it was seen as the beginning of the crack in the Soviet Empire.

Two new books in our collection chronicle the history and effects of the Revolution. Michael Korda's Journey to a Revolution is a history of Hungary's place in post World War II Europe and his personal journey there as a young man during the Revolution. Victor Sebestyen's Twelve Days contains excerpts of previously unreleased documents and eyewitness accounts of that exciting and dangerous time.

It's all Happenin' on Halloween

Find T Rex and other outrageous costumed creatures when the AADL and the Main Street Area Association partner with a silly storytime and parade on Wednesday, October 31. Come to the Downtown Library at 10:00 am for tales and a costume march around the library. Then head to Main Street at 11:00 a.m. for trick-or-treating. This is a perfect way for the stroller crowd to celebrate.

Al Gore scores again with a Quill Award

Al Gore scores again with a Quill AwardAl Gore scores again with a Quill Award

The Quill Awards, literary awards all glammed up, gave the nod to Al Gore on Monday, October 22, in the category of History/Current events/Politics for The Assault on Reason. Gore won in this same category last year for An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. Gore has also won an Emmy, an Oscar, and the Nobel Peace Prize this year.

Nora Roberts garnered a two-for-one, winning Quills for both the Book of the Year and for Romance with her Angels Fall, her romantic thriller of the lone survivor of a workplace massacre who tries to lose herself in a diner near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Diane Setterfield was named Debut Author of the Year for The Thirteenth Tale, a ghost story and a mystery. Aging Vida has endless versions of her life story. Young Margaret Lea wants to pin her down for the truth.

For a full list of this year’s winners, go to the official website. The award show will be broadcast Saturday night, October 27, 2007, on NBC.

KID BITS - Youngest Science

Science books for young kids are often as BIG a hit as a great story book. Even if your child is 2-5 years old, Don't forget the Dewey Decimal numbers for science (psst, 500s!) and find out "true facts" about the world you live in. Look what I found on our NEW book shelf today for little kids! A Seed Is Sleepy; Face To Face With Caterpillars; and Snap! ... a first book on the "food chain".

October Books to Films

Gone, Baby, Gone< /em> is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, the author of another blockbuster adaptation - Mystic River. This also marks the directorial debut for Ben Affleck.
In the tough neighborhood of Dorchester (MA) where the streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, and dreams, PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro risk everything looking for a missing child.

The Heartbreak Kid, is based on the short story A Change of Plan by Bruce Jay Friedman. A newlywed man who believes he's just gotten hitched to the perfect woman falls for another on his honeymoon. Slapstick-funny.

Lust, Caution, an espionage thriller, is based on a novella by the Chinese writer Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing), that was first published in 1979. It is set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai and Hong Kong during World War II when a small group of university students plot the assassination of a powerful Japanese collaborator. Directed by Ang Lee, it's sensuous and moody.

O Jerusalem is based on a 1972 nonfiction book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. The conflict surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 is viewed through the eyes of two American friends, a Jew and an Arab. (NYTimes review).

The animated Persepolis, is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is adapted from Persepolis:The Story of a Childhood, an award-winning autobiographic graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi (see author interview).

Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz is a tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, where two fathers’ lives converge after a tragic accident. Look for powerful performances by a star-studded cast in this adaptation.

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