November Books to Films

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, a bio-pic of the celebrated photographer, is based loosely on Patricia Bosworth's Diane Arbus: a biography. There is plenty of Oscar talk for Nicole Kidman who plays Arbus.

A Good Year with Russell Crowe, Albert Finney and the young beautiful Aussie Abbie Cornish is based on Peter Mayle's novel about a London financial barracuda who inherits a Provençal chateau and vineyard.

Remake of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. Published in 1953, it was his very first James Bond novel. This 2006 film version features a brand new 007.

A young and edgy cast with Greg Kinnear, Avril Lavigne and Ethan Hawke, and directed by Richard Linklater will delight you in an adaptation of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, a hard hit on the fast-food industry.

Historic Preservation – The Revised Edition

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The City of Ann Arbor is holding public meetings to discuss proposed revisions to the Historic Preservation ordinance, Chapter 103. The meetings will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16th at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers and Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Bach Elementary School. The meetings will explain the proposed changes, how they will affect our community and provide an opportunity for residents to comment on the draft ordinance.

Ann Arbor's 15th Tellabration

The Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild is bringing Elizabeth Ellis from Dallas to town for eight days of performances and workshops. The kickoff is this coming Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Clare's/Temple Beth Emeth (2309 Packard).

Tickets for an Evening of Storytelling for Grownups are $8 at the door. Other performers on the program are guild members Jeff Doyle, Rob McCabe, and Carol Pranschke.

Check out the rest of the workshops and programs that are planned for the entire week.

Conger Fall Home Tour

Want to peek inside some of Ann Arbor's loveliest homes?

On Thursday November 9, 2006 from 10 am to 4 pm you can help a good cause and indulge your interest and curiosity by joining the annual Conger Home Tour from 10 am to 4 pm.

This year the Tour is happening a month earlier than usual to offer participants more time to visit the homes. And the homes will not be decorated for the holidays but have been chosen for their unique artwork and decoration that stand out year round.

The Conger Holiday Market will happen on Tuesday December 5 and your Home Tour ticket will get you in the door.

The proceeds from the Tour support scholarships for women at the University of Michigan through the Lucile B. Conger Alumnae Group.

Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance for this tour of four Ann Arbor Homes. You can also call 734-433-9698 for further information.

Feast of Love and Popularity

Borders has the best bookstores, followed by Nicola’s Books and Shaman Drum. The best local authors are Charles Baxter, Elizabeth Kostova and Steve Amick. Those are among highlights of the third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, published this week by the Ann Arbor News. The whole list - restaurants, stores, etc. - is in an insert to the Nov. 1 paper, available in the periodicals areas of the Downtown Library and at our branches.

Youmacon is here!

Youmacon, “Metro Detroit's first and only anime con,” is being held this weekend, from November 3-5, 2006 at the Hilton Detroit/Troy. The full programming schedule has now been posted on the con web site. Be sure you don’t miss the featured guests, who include Caitlyn Glass, voice actress for Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Matt Hill, voice actor for Kero in Cardcaptor Sakura.

Don’t worry if you missed pre-registration--on-site registration will be available!

Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

Here's another way to celebrate the Royal Shakespeare Company's Michigan Residency: On Thursday, October 26, UM professors Barbara Hodgdon and Jim Burnstein will consider the cultural phenomenon of Shakespearean films in "Shakespeare Goes to the Movies: The Two-Dimensional Bard." The talk will include film clips from Trevor Nunn's 1972 Antony and Cleopatra, Fred Wilcox's 1956 Forbidden Planet, and Peter Greenaway's 1991 Prospero's Books. Join us for the discussion, 4-6 p.m., in the Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room.

"Revenge of the Book Eaters"

Sunday, October 29, 6:30 pm at EMU's Pease Auditorium is Revenge of the Book Eaters. It's a fall fundraiser for the local 826michigan, a non-profit writing center.
Dave Eggers will be a guest, as well as the reknown Davy Rothbart The emcee for the evening is Martin Bandyke, and performing live are the Cowboy Junkies. So, it's an extra-ordinary mix of music and books. See the full line-up and ticket information at 826michigan

Cranes of Waterloo

The Sandhill Cranes are coming to the Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary. This is one of the Midwestern rest stops for the Cranes on their long migration to their southern homes. Every fall when the cold winds begin to blow, you can spend a lovely afternoon viewing these majestic birds nearby in the Waterloo Recreation Area. Arrive before dusk to see the largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in Michigan as they fly back in from a day of foraging in nearby fields.

If you do not want to wait for dusk, there is another option. Last Saturday friends of mine went to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, saw a video about the sandhill cranes, and then went on an auto tour of possible fields where the birds might be feeding. They saw about one hundred in recently harvested fields and saw a few flying overhead. The tour was going to Haehnle but they did not want to wait for dusk to see the birds returning from the fields.

The Cranes stop in our area from late September through November (a few have even stayed into December!). So take an old-fashioned drive through the colorful countryside and enjoy the spectacle.

Mountains Beyond Mountains Chosen as Next Community Read

On Tuesday, October 24, a selection committee of community leaders, students and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (2003) for the 2007 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. The 2007 program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the theme We The People… - the many people that we are, the diverse communities we have created, and the challenges we face in fostering a continuing sense of belonging and civic engagement in a rapidly changing world. Check it out!

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