See a Moon Rock in Michigan!

Soyuz TMA-3Soyuz TMA-3

On Saturday, June 9, the Kalamazoo Air Zoo will be opening its new Michigan Space Science Center. You can visit Ann Arbor astronaut Jack Lousma’s space suit (he spent 59 days in space on the crew of Skylab 3 and was spacecraft commander on STS-3. Russian Cosmonaut Alexandr Kalri's suit will also be on display, along with a Moon Rock, a full-size replica of a Gemini space capsule, a Gemini crew-training simulator, F1 rocket engine, J-2 rocket engine (both from a Saturn V rocket), plus a bunch of interactive exhibits.

Artist remembered

Today, April 30, is the birthday of African-American artist, Ellis Wilson. Wilson was born in Mayfield, Kentucky in 1899. He moved north to Chicago in the early 1920's where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He later moved to New York where he participated in the WPA art programs. Awarded with a Guggenheim fellowship, Wilson traveled to South Carolina and painted African-Americans harvesting crops and selling goods at the open air markets in Charleston. He also was inspired during his time in Haiti where he painted peasants at work. He is probably best known for his painting, "Funeral Procession" which was displayed in the living room of the popular TV sit-com, the Bill Cosby Show.

2007 Edgar Award - Best Youth Mystery

When the 2007 Edgar Awards were announced last week, veteran author Andrew Clements walked away with the prize for best mystery for young readers.
Room One: a Mystery or Two is the story of a budding detective who lives in a very small town in Nebraska. One day the sixth grader sees a girl standing in the window of an abandoned farmhouse. Why is the girl there and what can our young detective do about it?
This mystery, recommended for 9 - 12 year olds, covers an intriguing story as well as a few current social issues. Clements is a master of combining serious issues with humor and warmth. Illustrated by Chris Blair, this book is a winner.
This title is also available in CD format.

National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day

Need inspiration to participate in getDowntown's Commuter Challenge beginning May 1? May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Awareness Month. It's also National Bike Month and May 18 is Bike to Work Day. Get ready by reading The Bicycle Commuting Book or any of our many books on bicycle maintenance and repair, such as last year's Bicycle! A Repair and Maintenance Manifesto. For additional inspiration, watch The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels, Breaking Away or Curious George Rides a Bike.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #61

Winner of the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 1999, Los detectives salvajes is the first of the author's large body of works to be translated into English as the The Savage Detectives*. (Also in our collection, his short stories Last Evenings on Earth).

This major work by Chilan born Roberto Bolano recounts 17 year-old Juan García Madero's initiation into the militant literary movement started by young poets Arturo Belano (Bolaño's alter ego) and Ulises Lima in the 1970s in Mexico City. The three, with a fugitive prostitute in tow, set out in quest of Mexican poet Cesárea Tinajero, who apparently disappeared in the Sonoran Desert in the 1920s. This road trip spanned a decade, took the travelers to Guatemala, Barcelona, Paris, Israel, Congo, Liberia, and the U.S., and in large part, being told through voices of the people they met along the way.

Humorous and tragic, "Bolano fashions an engrossing lost world of youth and utopian ambition, as particular and vivid as it is sad and uncontainable”. ~ Publishers Weekly . Roberto Bolano died of liver failure at the age of 50 in 2003. Obituary

* = Starred Reviews

Buried wins 2007 Edgar Young Adult Award

Buried spins a tantalizingly creepy web of a high-school senior’s disintegration, told through letters to her absent mother, dream sequences, and flashbacks. Claudine looks after her alcoholic mother in their decrepit trailer on the coast of Maine. She cleans up her vomit, washes her clothes, and takes on the role of parent in their family of two. When her mother disappears, as she frequently does on binges or with a new boyfriend, Claudine worries. Although she attends a support group and has a caring best friend, teachers, and school counselors to turn to, she is clearly coming apart.

Excerpted from Booklist review by Debbie Carton

New French fiction at the library

We just received several new French books including several bestsellers. These will be on the shelf soon and you can put a hold on any title through the library catalog or just look for them on the shelf. If you have any comments or suggestions on French language books (or any other foreign language) please contact stantont@aadl.org.

Marilyn Dernieres Seances by Michel Schneider
Winner of the Prix Interallié 2006. A novel about the unlikely duo of sex godess Marillyn Monroe and her Freudian shrink who was unable to save her in her final days.

Du reve pour les oufs by Faiza Guene
Second novel from the 21 year old literary sensation Guène, author of the bestselling 'Kiffe kiffe demain'. Alhème works odd jobs to support her father, who suffers from injuries due to an industrial accident, and her brother, Foued, who she has raised since their mother's death in Algeria.

Paul Erman, convict-turned-best-selling author, has died

Paul Erman, convict-turned-best-selling author, has diedPaul Erman, convict-turned-best-selling author, has died

Former jailed bank president, Paul Erdman, who used his jail time to frame a new career as a best-selling author focusing on the shadowy world of very wealthy bankers seeking lots of power, has died.

When Erdman’s private bank in Switzerland collapsed in 1970, Erdman used his time to chat with his inmate, a French safecracker. From that conversation came Erdman’s first novel, The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973), which won an Edgar in 1974.

Erdman, who also wrote The Panic of ’89 (1986) and The Set-Up (1997), and was 74 when he died April 23rd in California.

Cool !

RV

Supposedly you can’t just create Cool. It just somehow occurs. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know cool when I see it. There’s still time to arrange your schedule to visit the RV rally of the “Tin Can Tourists” group happening May 17 to 20 with all the trailers open for display on Saturday May 19, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.. The rally is being held at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan (nominal $3 parks admission unless you have a season pass).

I went last year and was blown away by the trailers I saw. The trailers are from both far and wide in a great variety of shapes, colors and sizes from the 1940’s to recent times(and some special vintage tow vehicles as well}.
Check out their web site at Tin Can Tourists - Vintage Trailer RV Motorhome Coach Club for a lot of information and some neat photos as well.

New Italian books at the library!

We recently received some new popular Italian novels which will be on the shelf soon. Look for them soon or place a hold from the library catalog. If you have any comments or suggestions about Italian language books (or any other foreign language) please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

A Neve Ferma by Stefania Bertola
Emma loves Andrea, but he is engaged to another woman. She seeks consolation in her professional life as a confectioner.

Chi Ha Cancellato Le Macchie Di Rorschach by Nicola D'Amico
The author's first novel...A thriller set in a school near Varese.

Dimenticami by Elena Loewenthal
Viola ends her brief but passionate love affair with Alberto with the words 'Forget me!' But Alberto, though married with two children, cannot forget Viola so easily. It's not just the passion he cannot forget, but her last words that ring in his ears…

Dolci Colline di Sanguine by Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston

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